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Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru 'Malconsorts'
- Burgundy, France
Always reliable, and well-priced, with a number of standout cuvees, Domaines Bichot continues its good run of form with 2018 vintage. The Premier and Grand Crus from Clos Frantin, the flagship domaine, and increasingly the maison itself, continue to produce benchmark wines which offer real value and character, whist Domaine Pavillon’s Beaune Clos des Mouches’, is the white Burgundy of choice for the cognoscenti. 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.” Once again our selections, from AOC Bourgogne to Richebourg, all show the precision, typicity and expressive, generous fruit expected of their level and mean there is something from the portfolio to suit all tastes and budgets. Head winemaker Alain Serveau is pleased that in 2018 the wines achieved sufficient concentration and structure whilst maintaining freshness and supple fruit.
"One of our benchmark and most popular wines, 2018 will prove no exception. The domaine has the largest plantings of Vosne’s top premier cru, one of the first in line for elevation to Grand Cru status, so can select only the best grapes for elevage. Yet it remains half the price of the other parcel owners’ expressions and a fiftieth the cost of a bottle of neighbour La Tache! From 40 year old vines, 40% whole bunch vinified and 40% new oak. Nose initially quite pensive, leading with smoky underbrush and crushed stones, before pastille note creeps out, then the brooding red and black berries poke through. Palate has impressive richness and structure and excellent long refined tannins that force the wine into all crevices of the mouth. You feel this in your molars. And yet it carries no extra weight in this vintage and is still all about energy." Tom, Wine Guru
Cask sample. Mid crimson. Unexpectedly light nose. Hint of oak on some quite precise raspberry fruit. Chalky texture. This should come right eventually but will probably always be on the light side." 17/20, Jancis Robinson
"The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts 1er Cru comes from Bichot’s substantial 1.75-hectare holding, handpicked on September 11 and made with 40% whole bunch and 45% new oak. This has a high-class bouquet of pure red cherries, cranberry and wild strawberry scents, hints of rose petal and orange blossom emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp red berry fruit and a frame of quite firm tannins that should guarantee the longevity of this Malconsorts. It feels a little aloof on the finish, but it just needs time to soften its edges." 92-94/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
93/100, Tim Atkin
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Albert Bichot and Domaine du Clos Frantin
13 hectares of prime award winning vineyards
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