Albert Bichot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”- Cote de Beaune
Located in central Burgundy in the southern portion of the Côte de Beaune, the Chassagne Montrachet appellation together with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet constitutes the prestigious “côte des blancs”. The Morgeot terroir covers several ‘climats’, neighbouring the Abbey of Morgeot, in the south of the village. One can says that Morgeot is to Côte de Beaune, what Clos de Vougeot is to Côte de Nuits. The second peculiarity of this vineyard is that it is planted with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Morgeot is the best known of the terroirs in Chassagne-Montrachet. The sloping vineyards are orientated east-southeast on clay and marly limestone on a bedrock of hard Jurassic limestone. It is this geology which gives this wine such beautiful minerality. The name of this vineyard is said to come from the Latin word MARGO meaning “edge, border, margin”. “Morgeat” is in fact the name of a hamlet in Chassagne-Montrachet which lies precisely on the border between Burgundy’s present-day Côte d’Or and Saône-et-Loire departments. “Morgeot” would therefore correspond to the ancient Gallo-Roman frontier between the “Beaunois” and “Chalonnais” regions.
|Vinification||:||Made with purchased grapes or musts (the grapes are pressed by our partner growers), we vinify this exceptional wine in oak barrels, of which 35 to 60% are new. 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. Alcoholic fermentations are long, lasting from 6 weeks to 2 months, and are carried out at cellar temperature using indigenous but not aromatic yeasts.|
|Ageing||:||In our centuries-old cellars, we age this wine for 14 to 16 months according to tradition in oak barrels (35 to 50% new oak). During this time, the wine acquires structure and complexity through stirring of the lees, malolactic fermentation and the influence the barrels have on the wine (olfactory interactions and oxidoreduction).|
|Tasting Notes||:||The Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot has a pretty pale gold. Very fine and mineral, this wine develops aromas of green tea and citrus. Aging it evolves with notes of dried fruit and rare spices. Very intense, her body is full and robust with a slight tannic dominant that balances all. The aromatic persistence is remarkable.|