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Albert Bichot Nuits-Saint-Georges Monopole Chateau-Gris Premier Cru 2020  - First Bottle


95 James Suckling -
A stunningly sensual Nuits-Saint-Georges with stacks of red-fruit character. Such a beautiful balance of fine tannins and ripe fruit, the finish very refined and precise. Just glides off into the distance. From a 5-hectare terraced vineyard. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
94 Falstaff -
The nose is a little shy but the richness of the black fruit is undeniable. The palate brims with elderberry and beautiful dark berry aromas. The texture is sinuous, concentrated but beautifully slinky. Not heavy at all, just really seductive in its fullness and toned ripeness. The finish is wonderfully fresh.

Technical Details

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • Sub-RegionCote de Nuits
  • AppellationNuits-Saint-Georges
  • VineyardChateau-Gris
  • Aging/Cooperage16 to 17 months in 100% new oak barrels.
  • Alcohol13%

Albert Bichot Nuits-Saint-Georges Monopole Chateau-Gris Premier Cru 2020

Pinot Noir  |  France
JS95, FS94, JM91-94

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Château-Gris is a stellar Nuits-Saint-Georges monopole, set on the higher, terraced slopes of the Côte d'Or within the lieu-dit of Les Crots – and just under the ancient, grey castle that lends the vineyard its name. This is a top-notch site, that has really thrived to produce excellent and powerful reds in some of the recent warmer vintages. This 2020 is a wonder to behold – and especially so at our incredible Best in the USA price!

Albert Bichot proves itself as a top producer of Burgundy’s best yet again – and you’d think we’d have learned enough to no longer be stunned to silence after our first sip. Alas, perhaps next time. The Bichot family has watered its roots in Burgundy since the time of 14th century. And yet, as we mentioned with past offers, 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 – as is the case here – and then revamping the production side of things. This monopole was purchased from Domaine Lupé-Cholet several years back and with Albert’s influence – the quality has grown steadily in a short few years.

The heart of this parcel is a 3.5-hectare clos, set on terraces beneath the early 19th century Château. While chardonnay is planted here, the vast majority is dedicated to Premier Cru pinot noir at an elevation of 260 to 300 meters above sea level and facing east. These calcareous clay soils give a touch of richness to the otherwise steep and nutrient-poor slopes and keep these 35 to 40-year-old plantings thriving.

The 2020 showcases a beautiful and entrancing perfume of summer strawberries, black berries, and raspberries – uplifted by a sensuous bouquet of red roses and peonies. The roughly one-third new barrel usage infuses plenty of sweet spice and polish to the wine, without ever overwhelming the juicy core of fruits. Silky tannins are balanced with a harmonious acidity to give this the impression of never-ending freshness, and a whimsical elegance that will please lovers of both old world and new world pinot noir. It’s a rare treat that is sure to thrive over the next decade or more and a strategic addition of a brilliant but off-the-radar monopole to any great (or growing) Burgundy collection!

PAIRING IDEAS: The winery suggests a roasted beef tenderloin with a sauce of confit shallots – and I can’t tell a lie...that sounds just about perfect!!!

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.