Albert Bichot Saint-Aubin, 2015, Burgundy, France
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Excuse us while we sit in the corner with a bottle to ourselves as we contemplate the meaning of life.
Saint-Aubin Chardonnay is the gateway to all white Burgundy, which can be appreciated by greenhorns and the seasoned Burgundy bon vivant. Gently spiced white flowers with the colour of Burgundian sunrise. This beauty is fermented 6 weeks to 2 months in oak barrels that are 10% to 25% new oak. Then it is aged in 100% oak barrels for 14 to 16 months that is also between 10% to 20% new 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.”