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Albert Bichot Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Chateau Gris” – Cote de Nuits


This castle, from 19th century, built in the middle of a Clos of 3,50 ha, has given its name to the Climat. Further to a 1920’s judicial decision, the name of Chateau Gris was able to prevail over the name of the place (lieu-dit) “Les Crots” on which is planted the plot. Owner since 1978, the BICHOT family exploits this monopoly surrounded with a 1,2 km dry-stone wall covered with Burgundian lavas in the respect of customs of the period. The vineyard is planted in terraces to hang on to the slope of the hillside at a 280 meters altitude. The plots of land at the foot of the castle produce Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Château Gris, red, while those at high altitude are planted in Chardonnay and allow to elaborate Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Terrasses in white wine. The soil is clay, rich in limestone, on a basement composed of a stratum of middle Bathonian Jurassic. The rock sometimes outcrops but still allows infiltration of roots of a great depth. The average age of vines exceeding 40 years allows the root system to go in depth and avoid the plant to suffer from the drought.

Region:Burgundy, France
Grape:Pinot Noir
Vinification:Harvested by hand in 25-kg crates, the grapes are brought to the estate's winery as which is hundreds metters far from the parcel, in order to preserve the integrity of this extremely delicate fruit. If necessary, the grapes are then sorted on a vibrating table by expert hands to remove any damaged grapes or bunches. A part of the harvest is not destemmed to balance the structure and bring aromatic complexity. Maceration and fermentation lasts 20 to 28 days in our temperature-controlled conical oak vats. This temperature control allows us to influence the extraction of color and fruit during the pre-fermentation at low temperature and the tannins extraction to higher temperature at the end of fermentation. Finally, gentle, selective pressing allows the character and elegance of the wine to shine through. The style this Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru expresses all the delicacy of the Pinot noir and the research for the extraction is always measured to keep some freshness and some elegance.
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. 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. After 16 to 18 months aging in barrels, final blend (made after after tasting and validation of each barrel) will be the final cuvée of this great wine.
Tasting Notes:Beautiful ruby color. On the nose, elegant and classy, this premier cru develops aromas of black fruit with delicate fine floral notes. In the mouth, the body has a lot of sweetness but with a beautiful frame, and fruit in harmony with the woods. Nice feeling of freshness on the finish.
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