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Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin Rouge 2019  - First Bottle

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93 Wine Spectator -
This lithe red is packed with ripe cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors, allied to a supple texture. Firms up as it builds to a lingering finish, remaining fresh and balanced. Very charming and long. Drink now through 2033. 2,600 cases made, 140 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerMatthieu Mangenot and Cyrille Jacquelin
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationGevrey-Chambertin
  • Soilclay marl, brown limestone
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • OakFrench oak
  • Aging/Cooperage14-16 months, 20-30% new
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • Production2600 cases

Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin Rouge 2019

Pinot Noir  |  France
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Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most reliable, beautiful village Burgundies out there – revered for the sort of power and depth that Grand Cru Burgundies possess – at a much more palatable price! This silky and structured Burgundy is a fantastic value for Gevrey-Chambertin and with 93 points – Albert Bichot proves itself as a top producer of this region yet again. Our best in the USA price of over 25% off makes this a luxurious necessity and a tremendous value.

The Bichot family has roots in Burgundy since the 14th century. And yet, it is really over the past 40 years that the Bichot family has become recognized for producing top-notch Burgundy wines from the best vineyard sites. Much of that change coincides with the ascent of Albert Bichot within the company. He led the charge on enhancing the fruit – whether by applying better practices to the vineyards they already had a relationship with or by pursuing new holdings in better locations – and then revamping the production side of things. With him in charge since the mid-90s, the Domaine has grown its reputation favorably.

This 2019 vintage Gevrey-Chambertin is destined to be a classic, and this is assuredly one of the best we’ve tasted thus far. While the yields in 2019 were down significantly across all of Burgundy, late-season conditions here allowed for beautiful, focused, and sumptuous Burgundy that balances a ripeness of fruit with Gevrey’s famous savory, and almost wild profile. Explosive aromas of red fruits – cherries, raspberries, and strawberries – followed by seductive rose petal and black tea sensations, this is a forward and exuberant Burgundy with no hint of shyness. The palate is more red fruits, a velvety and silky texture, with hints of oak and spice that evolve into wild but delicate notes of iron, charred earth, and smoked meats. This is a Burgundy that is all about pleasure – ripe fruit character enhanced by 14+ months in oak (20-30% new) – that has the structure and brightness to age a handful of years, easily, but the friendliness and explosiveness that begs the question...why wait?

Only 140 cases made it to the USA, and we snagged all we could! This is a restaurant favorite (and with good reason), so do not miss this special price! So low, we dare not show it here!

PAIRING IDEAS: One sip of this and suddenly, I’m longing for Paris. Perhaps a stop at the iconic, and old-school classic, Brasserie Lipp! Their petite filet mignon, with a bowl of their crispy fries, and a silver saucière of their Sauce Bearnaise...yep, that’s the perfect match.

About the Producer

The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214 and then settled in Burgundy in 1350. We'll fast track to 1831 when the family really started to garner recognition in Volnay. Yet, wide eyes and young with larger aspirations, the family moved to the center of Beaune in 1912. The second Albert Bichot, who was born in 1900, was a pioneer of international commerce. North America, Asia, Oceania… He travelled incessantly in order to introduce our wines, which were already recognized as being among the best, to wine lovers around the world. In the second half of the 20th century, his four sons, Albert, Bernard, Bénigne and Jean-Marc, inherited this know-how. A new era of expansion began with the construction of a large ageing cellar, a new bottling centre and winery. Our wines were available in all of the world’s continents.