Albert Bichot, Corton Grand Cru, Clos des Maréchaudes, 2012 - Monopole
• Domaine: Albert Bichot - Domaine du Pavillon, Clos des Maréchaudes
• A.O.C.: Corton Grand Cru Monopole
• Classification: Corton Grand Cru, Monopole, Aloxe-Corton, Côte de Beaune, Côte d'Or, Burgundy
This wine is a Domaine du Pavillon “monopole”. It has the extremely rare distinction of possessing 2 different levels of appellation within the same 2 ha (3 acre) vineyard. "En Mareschaut" is derived from the Old French term “maresche” (marsh). The lower parts of Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny were marshy due to their proximity to the Lauve spring. Major drainage work was undertaken to dry up the land and make it suitable for planting vines. This grapes in this vineyard tend ripen early.
"The 2012 Corton Grand Cru Clos des Marechaudes is a monopole belonging to Maison Albert Bichot. The nose is fragrant and lifted with crushed violets and hints of cassis – a generous and outgoing bouquet, like a distant relative of Bonnes-Mares. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, rounded tannins forming the basis of this grand cru that is more feminine than others in Corton. There is good weight in the mouth with white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. Fine – but it will need 4 or 5 years to soften." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 90-92, Drink: 2020-2040
Albert Bichot's Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes features well-balanced notes of vanilla and toast on the nose with nuances of raspberry. Starts off very round, rich and powerful, a harmonious combination of richness and the finesse of the terroir. The tannins are dense, mature and round. Very nice volume and length on the palate.
Serve with red meats and game, dishes prepared with wine, and delicate cheeses.
SERVING AND KEEPING
Serve between 15 and 16°C. (59°F - 61°F).
This wine may be laid down for 7 to 10 years or more.