Albert Bichot Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, 2017, Burgundy, France
£117.75 (inc VAT)
Structure, red and black fruit, with the silkiest tannin. If you want to begin your Burgundian love affair, let this one be your first.
The king of all Gevrey-Chambertin 1er crus, the Lavaux Saint Jacques. Produced on a plot just shy of 10 hectares – with over 30 owners, Bichot’s 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques offers concentrated and robust tannins with notes of ripe red fruits, jam, and leather. Drink now, but if you can, hold onto this wild bronco for several decades.
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.”