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‘We are not looking for a house style. We want each wine to express their terroir and the vintage they were born in, to reveal the personality of the vineyard, not to dominate it.’’
– Albéric Bichot

Viader Vintners are delighted to offer its first Burgundy en primeur campaign since its establishment in 2001, and what better place to start than with the outstanding 2015 vintage from the highly-revered Maison Albert Bichot. The reds are widely considered the best since the 2005 and 2010 vintages, and the whites are also fetching high-acclaim.

Established in Beaune in 1831 by Bernard Bichot, the maison is still family owned today. Headed by Albéric Bichot since 1996 the house has flourished with its reputation for quality at an all-time high. Maison Albert Bichot is comprised of six domaines, each with its own winery and cellar: Long-Depaquit in Chablis, Clos Frantin and Château-Gris in Nuits-Saint-Georges, du Pavillon in Pommard, Domaine d’Adélie in Mercurey and Domaine de Rochegrès in Moulin-à-Vent. All of which practice sustainable viticulture and intervene as little as possible during the vinification process, to allow the wines to be imbued with the terroir and characteristics of the places they are from.

2015 is an outstanding vintage for Burgundy, with many drawing comparisons to the revered 2005 vintage. Jancis Robinson surmised, ‘Low yields and warm weather allowed for ample ripeness, small berries and an early harvest. Quality is looking extremely fine…’ The wines are characterised by their impressive concentration of fruit married with a vibrancy and freshness which will allow for a long evolution in the bottle. The reds have particularly excelled and display supple tannins and juicy-charm which balance their impressive richness of fruit. The whites are also impressive with an attractive roundness on the palate with balancing acidity.

Top Picks

Wine  Price Per 6 x 75cl IB Critic Score Critic Quote
CHOREY LES BEAUNE ROUGE £80.00
BEAUNE LES EPENOTTES ROUGE DOMAINE DU PAVILLON £110.00 Burghound: 87-90 There is a top note of herbal tea to the ripe and distinctly earthy aromas of various red berries and plum scents. There is good concentration and vibrancy to the caressing middle weight flavors that display only a hint of rusticity on the delicious and reasonably well-balanced finish. 2020+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound
CHABLIS 1ER CRU MONTEE DE TONNERRE BLANC DOMAINE LONG-DEPAQUIT £110.00 Burghound: 90-93 (from a 1.5 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines; ~25% wood). Here too very generous wood fights with the otherwise fresh and pretty array of white flower, mineral reduction and sea breeze scents. Like the Montée de Tonnerre there is a relatively sophisticated mouth feel to the saline-inflected medium-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate density, all wrapped in a slightly more complex and persistent finale. 2020+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound.
FIXIN 1ER CRU ROUGE CLOS DE LA PERRIERE £165.00 Wine Advocate: 90-92 The maiden 2015 Fixin 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière has a fragrant, perfumed bouquet with open red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit, one of the most attractive among Bichot’s 2015s. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy red cherry and raspberry fruit, good depth and a crisp line of acidity. It feels sensual towards the smooth finish, completing what is a very competent debut. I look forward to tasting more in the future. – Neil Martin,  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
NUITS SAINT GEORGES ROUGE DOMAINE DU CLOS FRANTIN £175.00 Tim Atkin: 90
MOREY-SAINT-DENIS 1ER CRU ROUGE LES SORBETS £200.00 Burghound: 88-91 This is also quite aromatically pretty and fresh with its notes of red currant, pomegranate and soft earth scents. The sleek, supple and fleshy medium-bodied flavors possess notably better volume, depth and length on the dusty, saline finale. 2021+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound.
MEURSAULT BLANC DOMAINE DU PAVILLON £200.00 Jancis Robinson: 16.5 Sweetness of oak and a real intensity of sweet, ripe
citrus on the palate – both lemon and clementine.
Creamy, mealy and generous. Broad but there’s
freshness from both the acidity and a marked spicy
quality. Broad rather than elegant. – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 1ER CRU BLANC MORGEOT £250.00
PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU LES PERRIERES BLANC £280.00
GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU LAVAUX SAINT-JACQUES ROUGE £300.00 Burghound: 90-93 Evident wood fights a bit with the ripe but cool aromas of red and dark currant, earth and plenty of sauvage character. There is outstanding richness to the dense yet refined middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a powerful and driving but not rustic finale. Note that the tannins are prominent but not hard and if you enjoy classic Gevrey, this one is worth considering. 2025+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound.
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1ER CRU LES CHABIOTS ROUGE £310.00 Burghound: 90-92 This is aromatically quite similar to the Sentiers with perhaps just a bit more floral character. The lacy and lilting middle weight flavors dance across the palate and while this isn’t particularly dense, it is undeniably pretty and very Chambolle in style. Note that this too needs to add some depth but I believe it will if given a few years of cellar time first. 2022+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound.
CORTON GRAND CRU ROUGE CLOS DES MARECHAUDES £320.00 Jancis Robinson: 17+ Deep crimson. Sweet, vanilla-edged cherry. Almost a touch of maraschino here. Then much drier and more savoury on the palate than I expected. Spiced and peppery in texture as well as flavour. More austere than the nose suggested but still well-shaped for the longer term. Grippy, moreish finish. – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
CHARMES CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU ROUGE £600.00 Burghound: 90-93 (from Charmes proper). Much more moderate but again, not invisible oak serves as a backdrop for the liqueur-like red berry fruit, earth and softly animale-scented nose. The sleek and seductively textured medium weight flavors possess an underlying muscularity though the abundant sap does a fine job of buffering the moderately firm tannic spine on the sneaky long finale. 2025+. – Allen Meadows, Burghound.

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

Orders are subject to email confirmation from Viader Vintners as we anticipate demand for these wines to be very high, some of the top wines have already sold out. Prices are shown in bond and payment is due on receipt of pro-forma invoice. Wines are only available in unsplit cases of six, unless it’s indicated otherwise in the price list.The offer is valid until the 31st July and the wines will be shipped in September. Duty and delivery (£16.95 per 6 x 75cl) plus VAT on the order total will be due prior to you receiving the wine. Free delivery on orders over £150 does not apply to this offer.

To place your order please e-mail info@viader.co.uk

**EXTENDED PRICE LIST**

Albert Bichot En Primeur 2015

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Press Reviews

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Château-Gris, Nuits-Saint-Georges.