Meursault 1er Cru, Les Charmes, Domaine du Pavillon, Albert Bichot
- Crystallised lemon, almonds, white flowers and freshly-baked bread.
- Côte de Beaune
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- Maison Albert Bichot
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- Harvested by hand in 25-kg crates, the grapes are brought to the estate's winery as quickly as possible in order to preserve the integrity of this extremely delicate fruit. If necessary, the grapes are then sorted on a vibrating table to remove any damaged grapes or bunches. Gentle, selective pressing of the entire bunches (pneumatic presses and selection of the press juices) followed by careful static settling of the musts (to eliminate the deposits) allows Bichot to extract all of the potential richness of the grapes and their terroir, while preserving its true essence. The must is then transferred to oak barrels (60% new oak depending on the category of wine) whose diverse origins (the TronÃ§ais, Allier and Vosges forests), customized toasting, and age all contribute to their quest for bringing out the aromatic complexity that this special terroir has to offer. Alcoholic fermentations are long, lasting from 3 weeks to 2 months, and are carried out at cellar temperature using indigenous but not aromatic yeasts. Longer fermentations lend greater aromatic complexity to the wines as does extended ageing on the lees in carefully selected barrels.
Bichot practise sustainable viticulture, based on observation, prevention and paying attention to the complex balances found in nature. The soil is maintained responsibly, it is judiciously ploughed and fertilized using organic matter. They also encourage manual labour that boosts the plants' natural defenses
Generous and flattering, this wine reveals notes of crystallised lemon, almonds, white flowers and freshly-baked bread. The mouth is suave and velvety without heaviness, with hints of warm brioche and spices. Persistent and tasty, the finish mirrors the bouquet's aromas. The nose is discreetly toasty followed by elegant floral notes on a backdrop of light plum and pear fruity aromas. The mouth is powerful, well-balanced and dense, with delicious brioche flavours. The finish is persistent and very aromatic.
- 'From a 1.17ha plot, Bichot's vines are planted on calcareous clay soils in three plots, mainly within the upper Charmes-Dessus. With an average age of 30 years, this is a generous Meursault from the fine 2018 vintage, showing youthful characters of succulent pear fruit, a fine line of zesty lemon/lime acidity, with a concentrated, fresh finish. Needs a couple of years to flesh out. 92 points' - Andy Howard MW, Decanter
'Touches of petrol and phenolic character are present on the pear and apple compote aromas that are tinged with hints of tangerine peel. There is a bit more volume as well as more minerality to the delicious, plump and sappy finish that is clean, dry and refreshing.' Allen Meadows, Burghound
'Like the poise and tension to this with cooked sliced apples, hints of vanilla and pie crust. It's medium bodied with beautiful depth and tension and nicely oaked undertones that give complexity and focus to the fruit. Drink or hold.' - James Suckling
'Mostly in the upper part of Charmes with a little below. Pale to mid lemon. A certain citrus note to the bouquet. Wealth of fruit, a little bit of banana, good acidity. Not short of weight.' Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
'Comes from vines on the upper slopes of the vineyard and cropped at 25hl/ha. The nose features clear honey, clementine and light saffron aromas. The palate is well balanced with a slightly tangy, marmalade-tinged entry, good weight and a harmonious finish.' - Neal Martin, Vinous
'A wonderful heady nose of ripe stone fruits and lively smoky fresh limes. A charming and distinguished wine with precise creamy freshness and oak integration. Vibrant acidity and great length. A real class act that will improve with age' - Decanter
'A hint of fresh beeswax precedes creamy limestone on the nose of this wine. The concentrated palate seems like a buffered blanket of creaminess, edged with limestone, a whisper of flinty reduction and ripe lemon for an interplay of rigor and softness. It's smooth on the long finish. 93 points' - Anne Krebiehl MW from Wine Enthusiast
'This village Meursault, a blend of five plots from the northern end of the appellation, is vinified at the Domaine du Pavillon, just down the road in Pommard. One taste shows the dramatic textural difference between this white from the Côte d'Or and the Les Champs-Michaux from the Côte Chalonnaise. Creamy, as opposed to stoney, this Meursault has good weight on the palate. Fine acidity keeps it lively. 89' - By Michael Apstein from Wine Review Online
- Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Red winemaker of the year, International Wine Challenge 2004. Top 100 Wineries in the World, Wine & Spirits Magazine 2008.
Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
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Ideal with fine fish, big shellfish, white meats, poultry in sauce and strong cheeses.
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