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Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2020  - First Bottle


94 Tim Atkin -
Like the Preuses, this undergoes aging entirely in oak, but in oak of two to three uses. The oak is slightly less marked here as the wine is more exotic with pineapple, mango, and green tea notes. The mid-palate is slightly custardy, and there's a hint of tannin on the finish that cleans up the concentrated palate with the punchy acidity. 2023-2032
90 Vinous -
The 2020 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru is a little more tropical in style compared to its peers, scents of orchard fruit, fern, a touch of granite and a slight yeasty aroma. The palate is well-balanced with chamomile and an almost cereal-like note on the entry. Fine acidity, yet like one or two others from Bougros, it just misses some tension on the finish. Tasted blind at the BIVB tasting in Chablis.

Technical Details

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationChablis
  • VineyardBougros
  • OakFrench oak
  • Aging/Cooperage10 Months in oak barrels and then final aging in stainless steel vats for 6 months, on fine lees to create more texture and body.
  • Alcohol13%

Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2020

Chardonnay  |  France
TA94, VN90

39% off retail!

Grand Cru Chablis is an experience like no other, and in the hands of Albert truly can’t be missed! This is from Chablis’ westernmost Grand Cru, Bougros, where clay-heavy limestone soils make for particularly expressive Chablis. This 94 point beauty is just such a wine, and we have it a full $55 less than the next best price in the USA!

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 very 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.

Bougros enjoys a southwestern exposure and a higher density of plantings relative to Chablis’ other Grand Crus. The higher proportion of clay here means exceptional water retention, but deeper deposits mean intense competition among the vines to seek deeper into the earth (over 30 feet deep here)! The battle keeps yields in check, and concentration high...all-in-all, a rather perfect set of circumstances for producing world-class Grand Cru Chablis!

This golden wine is reared exclusively in oak barrels, but none of which are new. The flavors are rich and tropical, with exotic flavors of pineapple, lychee, passionfruit, and chamomile tea. There’s a grassy note that breaks through the intense Chablisienne minerality – which focuses on wet slate and a granitic profile here – that gives the wine a freshness and tension that should allow for aging up to a decade or so. Toasty and sweet brioche softens the gentle tannin-like grip on the finish, with the overall effect being a long and silky chardonnay. We can never get as much Grand Cru Chablis as we would like, and any 94 point champion like this – from a rising star house, at a price that is the best in the country by far...well, move fast is my advice!

PAIRING IDEAS: Especially if you choose to drink this young, give this a shot with lean white meat...say, for instance, pork chops? Always get the double-cut thickness if you can, and that way you can get a nice char, without drying out the meat. I’m doing a maple glaze here, with some lemon-dressed broccoli rabe that I’ll char over some coals.

About the Producer

The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. They settled in Burgundy in 1350. Alberic Bichot joined the company in the early 90s and took over its management in 1996. Convinced that the quality of wine depends on the quality of the grapes, he has focused on developing the upstream control that was undertaken in the 1980s. He secured supplies, and began to expand the vinification capacity and the aging cellars in 2010. The company's vineyards now total 6 estates that cover Burgundy from north to south.