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Albert Bichot Criots Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Region: France, Burgundy, The Côte D'Or, Chassagne-Montrachet, Criots Batard Montrachet

Vintage: 2009

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Winery: Albert Bichot
Type of Grape: Chardonnay
Style: White

Description: Work in the vineyardsOur approach to viticulture at our estates serves as a reference for our partner growers. Their vineyards are followed upon by our teams with the same care as for our own vineyards. Long-term partnerships with growers allow us to establishprecise objectives to be reached, especially as far as the health of the grapes, yields, and the ripeness of the grapes atharvest time are concerned.VinificationMade with purchased grapes or musts (the grapes are pressed by our partner growers), we vinify this exceptional wine inoak barrels, of which 75% are new. The diverse origins of the barrels (the Tronçais, Allier and Vosges forests), theirparticular degree of toasting and their age all contribute to our quest for bringing out the aromatic complexity that thisspecial terroir has to offer. Alcoholic fermentations are long, lasting from 6 weeks to 2 months, and are carried out atcellar temperature using indigenous but not aromatic yeasts.AgeingIn our centuries-old cellars, we age this wine for 14 to 16 months according to tradition in oak barrels (40% new oak).During this time, the wine acquires structure and complexity through stirring of the lees, malolactic fermentation and theinfluence the barrels have on the wine (olfactory interactions and oxidoreduction).PLEASURE & SHARINGTasting notesThis Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a beautiful bright pale yellow robe which evolves towards a more goldentint with ageing. Intense yet delicate, the nose develops complex and elegant aromas with a discreet oak backgroundand a white floral dominance. The mouth is full-bodied with great finesse and a very pure mineral structure. This wine isremarkably persistent.Serving suggestionsIdeal with delicate fine fish, shellfish in sauce, smoked salmon or white meats. This grand wine calls for sophisticateddishes; scallops, free-range chicken in cream or a filet of sea bass cooked with shallots and white wine.Serving and keepingServe between 12°C -13°C (53°F - 55°F)Laying down: This wine will fully reveal its characteristics with several years of lying. You can keep it between 7 to 10years or more in a cellar.

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