Albert Bichot Domaine du Clos Frantin Échezeaux Grand Cru, 2012, Burgundy, France
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Virile, elegant, plum, peppery spices, tea and cocoa. Who knew group of little hamlets can produce a ferocious wine like this one?
Ech̩zeaux is the Grandaddy of Burgundy. This mighty little piece of land offers the most powerful (and pricey) Pinot Noirs in the world. We taste red berry and summer fruit aromas with a dark chocolate finish. A perfect balance of richness, structure and a kiss of French oak.
Burgundian legends; the Bichot family settled in the region in 1350. The wine business was founded in 1831 by Bernard Bichot, and his son, Hippolyte Bichot, bought the first vines. Clearly deciding that they weren’t going to beat “Hippolyte Bichot” as a name, the next three generations were named Albert Bichot. Now sixth-generation scion Alberic Bichot runs the place with respect for traditions and an eye to the future. He compares himself to the "conductor of an orchestra, proud to bring people and their talents together.”