Outstanding 2016 Reds from Albert Bichot. Many new reviews


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An tremendous range with super reviews!
There are few producers who can match Albert Bichot's range of Red Burgundies. There are even fewer producers who consistently receive tremendous reviews for their wines.
Over the last week many reviews of the 2016 vintage have been published. See a excerpt from Burghound's summary at right. It is a classicvintage with some early appeal but also great cellaring potential.
The 9 wines below are the cream of the crop from the Bichot stables. Quantities are limited so please don't procrastinate. All wines are available at a 15% Pre Arrival Discount. Mix and match as you please. To view and order on our website click here.

Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2016 
Landed Price $375.00
Pre Arrival Price $318.50
Case of 12 Bottles $3599.40 (=$299.95)

Frantin Malconsorts Label
Jasper Morris MW: 
Significantly rich deep purple. A wonderful richness of flavour sweeps across the palate. It is still held in check a bit by the wood. A solid, rich, firm wine at the finish, with impressive density. 94 Points

Burghound: (from a whopping 1.75 ha parcel). A relatively deeply pitched nose offers plenty of both floral and spice elements along with notes of plum, dark cherry and a touch of Asian-style tea. As is usually the case there is excellent volume and a taut muscularity to the sappy broad-shouldered flavors that flash superb depth and persistence. Note well though that this classic example is definitely built-to-age and is going to need at least most of a decade to be approachable. Recommended. SWEET SPOT WINE 2031+. 
92-94 Points
Albert Bichot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2016
Landed Price $765.00
Pre Arrival Price $649.95

Bichot Amoureuses Label Tim Atkin MW: 96 Points - review not yet published

A slightly more deeply pitched nose reveals a wide range of spice and floral elements along with notes of plum, dark currant and a whiff of wood. The sophisticated, intense and impressively concentrated medium-bodied flavors also brim with minerality that adds a touch of lift to the sappy, complex and strikingly persistent finish. This caressing effort is really quite lovely and I particularly like the balance. SWEET SPOT WINE 2028+. 
91-94 Points

Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $525.00
Pre Arrival Price $446.00
Frantin Clos Vougeot Jasper Morris MW
Fine bright full purple, a feeling of sumptuous fruit not quite ready to deliver. Always a backward wine here, apparently. Luscious fruit right across the palate, properly ripe, just a touch of refreshing acidity at the back, tannins present but in the right place. No frost which helped. Classy stuff. 93-95 Points
Burghound: (from a .72 ha parcel). By contrast there is first-rate freshness and verve to the precise, intense and muscular yet caressing big-bodied flavors that are supported by a driving, powerful and very serious finish that is, not surprisingly, youthfully austere. Like the Malconsorts, this is not fashioned to be approached in its youth. 2031+. 91-94 Points

Albert Bichot Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $589.00
Pre Arrival Price $499.95

Tim Atkin MW: 96 Points - review not yet published

Bichot Roche Label Jasper Morris MW:  
Not their own vineyard but they do the harvesting. Dense imperial purple, a slightly firm nose, proper concentration of fruit, on the cusp of red and black but with good acidity to keep the freshness. Good weight behind, impressive, while still being discreet.92-94 Points

(from Genavrières). A highly complex and much earthier and sauvage-inflected nose offers up notes of cassis and blue pinot fruit that is nuanced by hints of smoke and spice. There is outstanding richness to the powerful, concentrated and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that possess strikingly impressive persistence on the austere, backward and very firmly structured finish. This brooding but most promising effort is quite compact at present and will need plenty of time to flesh out. 2033+. 92-95 Points
Albert Bichot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $499.95
Pre Arrival Price $424.95

Bichot Charmes-Chambertin Tim Atkin MW: 95 Points - review not yet published

Jasper Morris MW:  
Another bright mid purple, the nose again is not explosive. On the palate the voluptuous side begins to come out, acidity is present, some tannins too. All red fruit not black, just enough to cover the bone structure. 91-93 Points

(from Charmes proper). The gamy essence of black cherry liqueur, earth and humus aromas precedes the caressing, mouth coating and punchy big-bodied flavors that retain fine delineation on the powerful and overtly saline finish that flashes a touch of youthful austerity. I very much like the sense of energy and particularly how refreshing this is but make no mistake, this is built-to-age and is going need at least 6 to 8 years first. 2028+. 91-94 Points
Albert Bichot Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $525.00
Pre Arrival Price $446.00

Bichot Latricieres Wine Advocate - Neal Martin: 
The 2016 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru was picked on 3 October, blended with 35% whole bunch fruit and matured in 40% new oak. I appreciate the nose here: very well defined, nicely focused, a mixture of red and black fruit, a little conservative and straightlaced like Latricières should be. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and crisp acidity, harmonious and poised with a really classy and sophisticated finish that is a joy. One of the best from Albert Bichot this year. Recommended. 94-96 Points
Jancis Robinson:  
Wonderfully perfumed nose that has both cranberry and wild raspberry fruit plus violets and spices. Very promising lift on the finish with a long, gradual fade out. Not at all showy, this revels in its savoury restraint and softly spoken intensity. 18/20

Domaine du Clos Frantin Echezeaux Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $525.00
Pre Arrival Price $446.00

Frantin Echezeaux Tim Atkin MW: 96 Points - review not yet published

Jasper Morris MW: 
From Champs Traversins. Escaped the frost. Excellent rich noble purple, a little trace of reduction but very promising. Some sand in the soil. High class fruit here with a little touch of velvet, then almost a chocolate note at the back but without falling into obvious over-ripeness. Lower acidity and tannins. 92-94 Points
(from a .99 ha parcel in Champs Traversin). An exuberantly spicy nose offers up notes of red and black raspberry, anise, tea and plenty of floral elements, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The medium-bodied flavors are round and very rich if less imposing or precise, all wrapped in a solidly persistent finish where a touch of salinity arises. In contrast to the Malconsorts and the Clos de Vougeot, this could reasonably be enjoyed young. 2028+. 91-93 Points

Domaine du Clos Frantin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015
Landed Price $799.95
Pre Arrival Price $679.95

Frantin Grands Echezeaux Tim Atkin MW: 96 Points - review not yet published

(from a .4 ha parcel). Like several wines in the range here the nose is intensely floral in character that adds a sense of elegance to the discreetly spicy black berry fruit and hoisin-suffused aromas. There is a subtle salinity to the beautifully well-detailed and energetic big-bodied flavors that possess superb depth of material and outstanding complexity before terminating in a persistent, mouth coating and very firmly structured finish. This is old school in style and a wine that is going to need plenty of bottle age before the supporting tannins are resolved. 2036+. 92-95 Points

Domaine du Clos Frantin Richebourg Grand Cru 2015
Landed Price $1750.00
Pre Arrival Price $1485.00

Frantin Richebourg Wine Advocate - Neal MartinThe 2016 Richebourg Grand Cru, Domaine du Clos Frantin comes from a single parcel within Les Verroilles that was picked on 30 September and includes 45% whole-bunch fruit and 40% new oak. It has a very classy bouquet with a mixture of red and black fruit, sous bois and morels, all very well defined and endowed with a sense of grandeur. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, lovely focus and tension with veins of spice toward the finish. It does not possess the weight and substance of a completely untroubled growing season, yet there is class interwoven into every pore. 94-96 Points

Aromas of red currant, rose petal, lavender, violet and Asian-style tea precede the succulent and refined flavors that are notably stony while exhibiting excellent persistence on the bright and balanced but very firm and serious finale. This is finer and classier than the Grands Ech but not necessarily more complex, at least not today. 2036+. 92-95 Points
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2016 Burgundies
We have received our allocation from numerous producers and this classically style vintage has received great reviews and is selling very well.
To quote Burghound on the 2016 Cote de Nuits reds "So, as with every vintage, the two questions for you as consumers that take precedence over everything else always are: should I buy the wines and if so, how much of them? The best wines are wonderfully refreshing, transparent and graceful with moderately firm tannic spines where the all-important element of balance is supplemented by good but not high acidities. They are balanced wines built for medium to sometimes longer-term aging yet they should also be reasonably approachable young if youthful fruit is your preference. Before I offer more detail, the short answer is yes on both accounts that the 2016s deserve a place in your cellars and there is no reason not to go heavy - I for one will be buying all that I can afford and find."

"More specifically, there are two aspects that I absolutely love about the 2016s which are those of the crystalline transparency to the underlying terroirs coupled with their refreshing drinkability. One just feels like drinking the 2016s, in fact it's hard not to like them. Part of this appeal is due to the generally softer approach to extraction that many growers elected to use. As such most 2016s have relatively fine-grained tannins which should also help them to be reasonably accessible young. This is partially because the tannins are generally fully mature and partially because there is an excellent level of tannin-buffering dry extract that tends to render them less prominent at this early stage."
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