Albert Bichot and Domaine du Clos Frantin
We were really impressed by a number of the Maison’s wines this year which have closed the gap with its flagship domaine whilst offering tremendous value. As Neal martin comments, Bichot can make “really quite delicious, complex wines that often surprise people in blind tastings when not swayed by the label.” Always a super reliable, benchmark domaine, and well-priced, Clos Frantin’s 2017s continue a good run of form. We feel our selections, from village wines to the most senior Grand Crus, all show the precision, typicity and expressive, vibrant, phenolically mature fruit that make a case or two essential purchases for all Burgundy lovers. Clos Frantin in the Côte de Nuits is the jewel in the crown of the Albert Bichot’s award-winning 6th generation Burgundy business. As well as having 5 Grands Crus in its portfolio, it is the largest proprietor of Malconsorts, Vosne’s much loved 1er Cru, sited next door to and sharing the same terroir as DRC’s La Tâche. The recent progress in this domain has been very exciting and it is unquestionably destined for greatness.