Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudesirs 2005
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Beautiful golden robe with very bright green reflections, it welcomes us with a citrus and delicate floral (lily of the valley, camomile) nose. The mouth has the vintage's tension, with a pleasant moderate acidity which makes this wine a typical representation of a Chablis Grand Cru: mineral and intense.
Serving suggestions: To echo the precise nature of this Grand Cru and its high rank, the best accompaniments should be those in which the noblest of ingredients are used with a dose of audacity and a touch of freshness. Dare to go for spring asparagus with whipped mayonnaise or a courgette mousse with fresh goat's cheese and lemon thyme.
Serving and keeping Serve between 11 and 13°C (52°F - 55°F). Laying: drink whilst young or lie for about 15 years to develop its tertiary aromatic characteristics (hints of woodland and mushrooms) and to heighten its minerality.
Wine & Spirits - "Bright lime and deeper scents of smoky pear infuse this chardonnay. The dynamic flavors pull in several directions, with chalky lime seeming to rise through the wine and lime blossom scents rippling at the edge of a powerful undertow. The wine is both superrich and lithe, absolutely delicious. Check on it ten years from the vintage; it should age well beyond that."
Wine Enthusiast - "Very concentrated and closed up, like a coil. The intense green fruit is followed by plum skins. Crispness, dry but fresh, comes alongside a powerful explosion of flavors."
International Wine Cellar - "Palish yellow. Delicate, classic aromas of peach, nuts, flowers and spices. Rich and penetrating, with an exhilarating sugar/acid balance giving the peachy fruit a crystalline quality. Very suave wine, with a firm, rising finish exhibiting excellent length."
Burghound.com - "The obvious wood this displayed last year has become discreet and frames slightly exotic and clearly ripe aromas and the ripeness continues on the rich and opulent flavors that possess a bit more muscle and a huge amount of dry extract that literally coats and stains the palate on the explosive and tangy finish. This will require a certain amount of patience but should be worth the wait."
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Albert Bichot Winery
Since 1350, the Bichot family has made Burgundy its home. Their emblem is a deer and the family only became attached to vines and wines during the 19th century. In 1831, Bernard Bichot founded a merchant house bearing his name in Monthélie, a couple of kilometres south of Beaune. At the end of the 19th century, his grand-son Albert Bichot brought new impulsion to the business and definitively installed its headquarters in Beaune. The family heritage has been perpetuated from father to son since then.
Since 1996, Albéric Bichot represents the 6th generation managing the company. Guarantor of the family tradition, he is driving the House towards its latest challenges and is adapting it to changing markets and consumer demand. Under his momentum, an upstream quality control strategy was developed at the beginning of the 1980s. In the logic of getting the best fruit to create the best wine and best express terroir, Albert Bichot has acquired vineyards in the most reputed growing areas. In addition to this expertise as a wine-grower, Albert Bichot carefully sources grapes in order to vinify and age its “négoce” wines and therefore control quality as far as possible. To each “sub-region” corresponds a "Domaine" which refers to not only owned vineyards but also to a standalone structure dedicated to wines of the area including viticulture and vinification teams and facilities (equipment, cellars)
Albert Bichot owns four estates set at the heart of four great viticultural regions that make up Burgundy: Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune and Cote Chalonnaise. Each estate consists of vineyards cultivated with sustainable practices, as well as facilities and teams devoted to the making and aging or the region's wines.
Under the direction of Alain Serveau, cheif winemaker, our teams include vineyard managers who oversee viticulture and cellar masters who supervise vinification and aging.
The four estates are:
Domaine du Clos-Frantin-Nuits Saint Georges
Domaine du Pavillon-Pommard
Domaine Adelie-Mercurey. View all Albert Bichot Wines
About ChablisView a map of Chablis wineries
Notable FactsThe northernmost region of Burgundy, Chablis' location is closer to Champagne than its Burgundian neighbor, Cote d'Or. This northern proximity gives Chablis a cool, continental climate. The soil is a limestone base, and in the best vineyard sites that limestone is covered with Kimmeridgian clay, a material that is very high in marine fossils. The climate, paired with these distinctive soils, makes the area particularly suited for Chardonnay - the almost exclusive white grape of the area.
Those who claim not to like Chardonnay will be pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of Chablis. The winemakers of the region almost always stick to stainless steel for fermentation, and many use no oak at all. If oak-aged, the wine will only be in large French oak barrels, which give the wines flavors that are a far cry from your typical California Chardonnay.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.