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Albert Bichot Echezeaux Grand Cru Domaine du Clos Frantin

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On the famous Grand Cru route, the Flagey-Echezeaux commune is home to an appellation composed exclusively of Grand Crus, one of which is our « Champs Traversins ». Its etymology is derived from « Chezeaux », which is the name of the small surrounding group of hamlets. The vineyard takes root in stoney brown limestone soil located on hard Bathonian limestone. On a very light soil with a steep slope, our parcel of vineyard is orientated eastwards at an altitude of 300 Metres, ensuring plentiful sunshine.

Region:Burgundy, France
Vintage:2012
Grape:Pinot Noir
Vinification:Harvested by hand in 25-kg crates, the grapes are brought to the estate's winery as quickly as possible in order to preserve the integrity of this extremely delicate fruit. If necessary, the grapes are then sorted on a vibrating table to remove any damaged grapes or bunches. The harvest is destemmed to avoid excessive bitterness due to the tannins in the stems. Maceration and fermentation lasts 20 to 28 days in our temperature-controlled conical oak vats. This allows us to monitor fermentation temperatures which have a direct influence on the extraction of aromas, flavours and colour. Finally, gentle, selective pressing allows the character and elegance of the wine to shine through.
Ageing:Not only does barrel-ageing lend aromas to the wine, but the porosity of the wood lets just the right amount of oxygen in to allow the wine to mature. This wine was oak barrel-aged for over one year in the estate's cellars (50 to 70% new oak). The diverse origins of the barrels (the Tronçais, Allier and Vosges forests), their particular degree of toasting and their age all contribute to our quest for bringing out the aromatic complexity that this special terroir has to offer.
Alcohol:13.5%
Tasting Notes:This Echezeaux Grand Cru has a beautiful bright ruby red colour with cherry reflections. The nose is a pallet of red fruit and summer fruit aromas, enhanced with more spicy notes. Round and well-balanced in the mouth, the body maintains harmonious and rather discreet woody notes. The finale is incredibly persistent with a dark chocolate note at the finish.
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