Albert Bichot, Santenay ‘Clos Rousseau’ Premier Cru 2017
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Region: Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting notes: Typical of the Cote de Beaune reds, the nose is intensely fruity with red currant, plum and black cherry aromas enhanced with hints of white pepper and kirsch. Nervy, fleshy and generous, this wine has character and good structure. The finish is long and fruity.
Producer: Since 1350, the Bichot family has called Burgundy home. But, it was in 1831 that Bernard Bichot founded a merchant house bearing his name in Monthélie, a couple of kilometers south of Beaune. At the end of the 19th century, his grandson Albert Bichot took the family business into a new direction and created the winery, Maison Albert Bichot as we know it. Since 1996, Albéric Bichot has represented the 6th generation managing the winery. The winery’s mission is to utilize the best fruit possible to create the best wine and best expression of terroir. In the constant pursuit of accomplishing this mission, Albert Bichot has acquired 250 acres of vineyards in the most reputed growing areas throughout Burgundy.
Vineyard and Winemaking: In the southernmost part of Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune, the 392 hectares (969 acres) of Santenay’s vines take root on the first slopes of the Mont de Sène hill. The name of this appellation refers to Roman times when the village was renowned for its thermal baths and its natural spring, "Santinae aquae", meaning "healing water" in Latin. "Rousseau" has always been a very common surname in Burgundy and still is today. Fermented in oak vats then transferred to oak barrels (20%-30% new) to age for 14 to 16 months before bottling.
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