Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve BlancNV

Tasting Notes

The aromas are fairly fruity--ripe apples and raspberries come to mind. This is medium weight with a tongue-pleasing mousse-like texture, yet it is well structured. Flavors are of red berries and baked apples with a touch of toastiness, spice and rose. Wonderfully well balanced and flavorful.

WINE INFORMATION

 

The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. The family settled in Burgundy in 1350. In 1831, Bernard Bichot founded a wine trading business in his name in Monthelié. His son Hippolyte succeeded him and bought the first vines in Volnay, realizing that upstream control of the business would be important. Bernard’s son, Albert, gave the business new momentum and settled the operation in the center of Beaune, once and for all in 1912. Albert’s line has grown the business, with the fourth Albert now overseeing a company that respects tradition but is completely focused on the future.

The company’s vineyards now cover six estates that cover Burgundy from north to south. These each have their own names, wine-making facilities and vineyards. The Albert Bichot line, including this wine, are composed of grapes purchased from grower-partners. The philosophy is to follow the grower vineyards with the same benchmark quality and monitoring, setting precise objectives for grape health, yields and degrees of ripeness.

The blend of grapes in this sparkling wine are key to its balance: the Chardonnay brings tension, white flowers and minerality. The Pinot Noir brings fruit, density and viscosity. The cuvée is aged mostly in stainless steel (90%) with a small portion (10%) in barrel. It ages for 18-20 months in bottle to mature and develop complexity.

 

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif , Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Vegetables

Color/Type:
Sparkling
Origin:
France, Burgundy
Grape Varietal:
60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Price:
$23.00 each
  bottle(s)