On the blogby Alfred
September 17 2019

Domaines Albert Bichot

by Pasquale Charland

Albert Bichot’s name does not require any presentation. This famous family is known worldwide for its six exceptional domains in Burgundy, located from the north to the south of the region.

A bit of history

The first Burgundy families date back to 1214, but it was in 1831 that Bernard Bichot founded his trading house in Monthélie. Six generations later, the “Maison” is now much more polished and asserted. In regards to Albéric Bichot, a well-known figure of this current generation, he started working in the early 1990’s, and he took over as the director in 1996. Albéric initially decided to continue the family tradition, but he also believed that he had to look forward into the future, as he still believes to this day that high quality wines can exist primarily because of the quality of the grapes.

This thought brought him to work in upstream to increase the winemaking and aging capabilities of his cellars. The first goal has always been to protect the soils and the surrounding nature, while maintaining the highest level of respect for the terroir. A sustainable viticulture is practiced in all the domains, and the soils are protected by an organic work method that allows the preservation of the natural defenses of the soils.

The domains are present in all the regions of Burgundy and they each possess their own casks and their cellar in which the precious wines are aged by a dedicated and passionate team. Each wine is a challenge, a unique story, a terroir to be revealed, a golden nugget waiting to be found. Respect of nature, attention to detail and rigorous work are the main components of what confers such elegance and authenticity to the Bichot products.

Among the visits that I had planned in my last stay in Burgundy, I stopped at Alfred Bichot, but this time at the “Domaine du Clos de Frantin” in Nuits-Saint-George, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits region, a domain that was purchased in 1969. This vineyard is located in the predilection terroir of Pinot noir and of some of the most rare and prestigious appellations throughout the world. It is by going through a long alley of truffle oaks that the “Maison Bourgeoise” dating back to the 18th century can be found. With 7,3 ha of vines in the neighboring villages, such as Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Flagey-Echezeaux and Gevrey-Chambertin, various appellations can be found from the most common one to the Grand Cru. Most of the grapes are grown on these lots, but there also a few purchases from other nearby parcels.

On that day, the temperature wasn’t the greatest; the region had gone through a long, cool and rainy spring that, luckily, did not affect the production too much. Nonetheless, they were all hoping for the warmth and the sun to reappear soon enough. Even with his extremely tight schedule and with meetings that seemed like they would go on forever, Albéric took the time to come discuss with me and accepted to act as a model for a few photos of my own. 

On that note, I invite you to discover this magnificent visit of the Domaine du Clos de Frantin, one of the six domains of Albert Bichot, through this photo album. Enjoy!

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