Albert Bichot Les Chapponières, Pommard 1er Cru, 2012, Burgundy, France
£65.50 (inc VAT)
Raspberry, cherries, and tannins that dry out your mouth ever so subtly. Pommard produces the most robust Pinot Noir.
The Premier Cru Les Chapponières lies adjacent to the village of Pommard, at the heart of the appellation, where the slopes are gentle and the vines - exclusively Pinot Noir - face east and slightly south. This is structured and delicate with discrete oak flavours. A soft, aromatic secret, whispered in your ear.
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.”