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2009 Bichot Albert, Chambolle-Musigny Les AmoureusesMar. 2011
An earlier sample of this just seemed a bit dead, this is anything but. High-toned aromas of flowers – plenty of perfume. Full flavoured – very impressive despite a hint of coconut oak in the finish. The perfume pervades the flavours too – not just pretty, this is a wine of authority.
2008 Bichot Albert, Chambolle-Musigny Les AmoureusesMar. 2011
There is some jellied dark fruit, more complexity than the 09 too. Understated tannin mixes through lovely fresh flavours of dark fruit. Mouth-watering – just lovely.
2001 Bichot Albert, Vosne-RomanéeMar. 2011
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is still interesting, if with a slightly heavy emphasis on coconut-oak but a nice acid-red fruit bubbles below. In the mouth this is slightly narrower and sharper than its youth but despite a little coconut flavour there’s good acidity and a nice dimension of fresh finishing flavour with fine length. Half the bottle was left overnight in the fridge. Next day the aromas are more interesting; the coconut is gone and it’s replaced with a little ginger-cake. In the mouth the wine also seems rounder and again no coconut – less narrow, more generous. I’d definitely rebuy this based on the day two performance, as for day one, I’m not the greatest fan of coconut!
2009 Bichot Albert, Bourgogne RougeJul. 2010
Cuvée Secret de Famille. Made for the first time in 2007, not made in 2008. Nine hectares this year, producing about 40 thousand bottles. It’s a premium bourgogne, selected from the Gevrey, Chambolle, Beaune and Pommard areas picked at 39-44 hl/ha, but in this case the premium is less than 2 euros. Bright, medium-plus purple colour. Punchy fruit that’s slightly Beaujolais-esque – though there’s no carbonic maceration, eventually a little pepper too. Lots of intensity, this is very well balanced and the fruit provides plenty of sweetness. Very impressive – 09 could really be another bumper year for buying bourgognes…
2009 Bichot Albert, Bourgogne ChardonnayJul. 2010
Cuvée Secret de Famille. This is the first vintage. Contains a little Hautes Côtes de Nuits ‘for the nervosité’. Brighter, more precise high-toned aromas. Rounder with more flavour and precision. This is very good for the appellation and shows a nice finale too.
2007 Bichot Albert, Pommard Clos MicaultMay. 2010
The red fruit aromas are more intense. A width of flavour though fruit seems a background component. Plenty of interest on the finish, but today I prefer the Clos des Ursulines.
2008 Bichot Albert, Corton-CharlemagneApr. 2010
Much riper aromas that are framed with a subtle brioche. Tighter and much more mineral – this is more like it! It seems that the intensity is (like the others) a long time coming, but eventually it’s there. Very good, but I’m not yet begging to buy!
2008 Bichot Albert, EchézeauxApr. 2010
The aromas are much more obviously fruit-led, with a faint creamy-oak undertow. Good, less sweet fruit, well structured. It’s rather intense, delivering a super burst of interest as it heads into the finish. Very decent Echézeaux!
2007 Bichot Albert, Bourgogne Vieilles VignesDec. 2009
Medium, medium-pale colour. Forward, friendly strawberry, no bubblegum, and with a slight grassy/herbal backdrop. Decently smooth texture, a sweet-sour fruit impression with acidity that whisks you along just fast enough to avoid you contemplating the sour! Actually the sour is not so bad – let’s call it a talking point. No impression of ‘thin’, also no impression of tannin. Some length, this is actually quite drinkable. It’s not as good as the 2005 or 2006, less beaujolais-esque than the 2005, it’s somehow, almost redolent of proper burgundy…
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