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Albert Bichot Chablis Les Vaillons 1997

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Albert Bichot

    Albert Bichot

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    Albert Bichot, , France - Other regions
    Albert Bichot
    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:
    Chateau Long-Depaquit-Chablis
    Domaine du Clos-Frantin-Nuits Saint Georges
    Domaine du Pavillon-Pommard
    Domaine Adelie-Mercurey.

    Barossa Valley

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    Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.

    The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.

    Rhône Blends

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    With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

    In the Glass

    The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

    Perfect Pairings

    Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

    Sommelier Secret

    Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

    NDV85294_1997 Item# 20265

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