Grand Cru and top 1er Cru offer only from Maison Bichot and Domaine du Pavillon.
The Bichot family have decided to release their 2018s early and we are delighted to offer these for the first time en primeur. Due to our great relationship with Alberic Bichor, our buyer has been allowed to focus on his favourite wines, making this an exceptional offer that includes their finest 1er and Grand Crus. These will be offered on a first come basis and we do expect these to sell out quickly.
The Domaine is headed by the charmingly, driven and very entertaining Alberic Bichot. The family operation owns a lot of serious vineyards across the whole of Burgundy, with significant holdings in Chablis (10% of all Chablis Grand Cru!) and some wonderful parcels in both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. It feels progressive and dynamic and has been politely nudging its way into a front row seat along the likes of Faiveley, Jadot and Drouhin over the past decade. Accolades have followed. In 2004, Alberic Bichot was announced Winemaker of the Year by Le Journal de Paris as well as being announced Red Winemaker of the year by the International Wine Challenge and he has been on great form ever since.
Maison Bichot produce a string of wines from top appellations in the Côte de Nuits and their greatest wines come from their own fruit or from fruit from their head winemaker, Alain Serveau’s, family domaine; ensuring consistent, fine quality fruit. Maison Bichot has ownead the historic Domaine Pavillon, located in the Côte de Beaune, since 1968. Domaine Pavillon boasts some wonderful plots across the Côte de Beaune, which is why we have focused on their whites for this offer.
2018 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes, Domaine du Pavillon @ £325 per 6 bottle case in bond
Most of Bichot’s 1.2 hectares of Charmes lies in the Charmes du Dessus, the upper part of the vineyard where the soil is more limestone focused, though it extends through both parts, benefiting both from the richness of the lower part and the greater minerality of the upper part. Aged in 25% oak, the barrel influence is more textural than flavoursome, and the wine confidently straddles the richness of the vintage and bright stoniness of the terroir. Floral in part with hints of flint and white flowers. Drink from 2023.
2018 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches, Domaine du Pavillon @ £375 per 6 bottle case in bond
This famous vineyard is part of the Côte de Beaune domaine, Domaine du Pavillon, that Bichot own. They have 0.75 hectares planted with Chardonnay. The vineyard lies on the border with Pommard, stretching up towards the Montagne Saint Desire where the soil is more limestone the further one goes up the slope. It reaches 300 metres in altitude and it’s in this part where the Bichot vines are planted. It’s a well exposed site facing south, south-east and the make up of the soil is crucial in anchoring the well-ripened fruit in minerality and energy. This 2018 has plenty of underlying richness but it works so well because of its strict stoniness that adds definition and punctuation. Drink from 2022.
2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine du Pavillon @ £595 per 6 bottle case in bond
Bichot own 1.2 hectares of vines in the lower part of the Languettes climat of Corton Charlemagne, within Aloxe Corton, rather than Pernand-Vergelesses. Although in the lower part of the parcel, the 35 year-old vines are still towards the top of the hill of Corton facing south, south-east. They are perfectly positioned to ripen well by maintaining that zingy raciness that so typifies the best wines of Corton Charlemagne. Aged in 30% new oak, this combines an initial creaminess and spice gives way to white flowers, stone and flint. Lively with excellent length and poise. Drink from 2023.
2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Sentiers, Maison Bichot @ £375 per 6 bottle case in bond
Sentiers sits just under Bonnes Mares and in some respects is a mini version of that. Initially aromatic and quite pretty, it builds tempo and power in the mouth and shows strong underlying structure and backbone which will ensure a long and graceful life. Drink from 2025.
2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses, Maison Bichot @ £1250 per 6 bottle case in bond
This is one of the truly great vineyards of Burgundy producing some of its very best, most emotive wines. The Bichot version is wonderfully lush and evocative with great aromatic confidence and expression and real fruit intensity in the mouth. Red and blue fruit fight for dominance and the tannins are glossy and well-integrated. Touches of oak spice (50% new oak) add further flavour layers, and the finish is long and rich. Very limited. Drink from 2026.
2018 Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru, Maison Bichot @ £895 per 6 bottle case in bond
We couldn’t not buy the Latricieres in 2018, one of the vineyards in Gevrey that really blossomed and came out of its shell in the warmth of the vintage. The vines lie to the south of Gevrey, next to Morey St Denis on land with just a sprinkling of topsoil, scree that came from the Grissard Valley. It’s a lovely mix of the wild, spicy fruits of Morey and the gravelling, pebbly terroir of Gevrey, with added ripeness from the warmth of the vintage. The oak is well handled (50% new oak) and there is a real sense of authority and drive throughout the palate. Drink from 2027.
2018 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Maison Bichot @ £975 per 6 bottle case in bond
This comes from a plot of vines just on the southern edges of the upper part of Clos de la Roche, just next to the border with Clos St Denis where the soil is at its rockiest. The well exposed site has created plenty of ripeness, but the stony soil has maintained a focus and drive that runs right through the core from the start to the long finish. Lots going on here and really quite lush and sexy, despite the harmonious structure. Drink from 2026.
All offered in bond and subject to availability. E & OE.