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Maison Albert Bichot

Website: http://www.bourgogne-bichot.com

The Bichot family can be traced back to 1350 in Burgundy. It wasn't until 1831, when Bernard Bichot started a wine brokerage in monthélie, that the family entered the wines industry. The first wines were exported in 1840, to the UK, Switzerland and Belgium. In 1878 Phlloxera destroyed many of their vineyards but the family saw it out and replanted. In 1937 they became the official supplier to the Swedish Royal court. The estate has remained in family hand to this day and has been headed up by Albéric Bichot since 1996.

Albert Bichot owns four estates set at the heart of four great viticultural regions that make up Burgundy: Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, and Côte Chalonnaise. Each estate consists of vineyards cultivated with sustainable practices, as well as facilities and teams devoted to the making and ageing of the region's wines.

At each estate, one team is devoted to vineyard work, which includes teams managing both the vines and the soil, thereby ensuring intimate knowledge of each parcel and of the vines that are planted there. The estates vines are 30 years old on average but it is not rare to find 60 year old vines in some of their single vineyards such as "Le Clos des Ursulines" in Pommard. Each year, they replant approximately 2 to 3% of the vines, so that in the long term they are always in perfect health when they reach their optimal age.

The Bichot range is incredibly broad as they own plots all over the very best sits in Burgundy. However the quality is evident, from the village level (like the Viré Clessé) all the way up to Grand and Premier Cru.