Albert Bichot Clos de Vougeot Domaine du Clos Frantin 2018
|France, Burgundy, Morey Saint Denis
The freshness of ripe, tart cherry is pervasive on the aromatic nose of this wine, backed by slightly toasty oak. Cherry notes get creamier on the palate where ripeness and freshness meet at a perfect juncture, favoring brightness just a little bit more. Fine tannins weave a firm, still slightly crunchy web but that is where the aromatic cherry hides, only to burst forth with freshness. It's elegant, concentrated, aromatic and smooth.
The initial aroma is the sweet, spicy oak, yet there is a core of pure cherry, black currant and violet underneath. This red is intense and expressive as the fruit gains the upper hand on the palate. Suave and balanced, it builds to a lingering aftertaste of ripe fruit, graphite and spice. Drink now through 2030. 97 cases imported.
The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru comes from two parcels at the top and bottom of the vineyard, matured with 40% whole bunch and 40% new oak. It offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, which is a little tertiary in style, the whole bunch being a little more conspicuous at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fine acidity. A nubile Clos de Vougeot with a rich, dense finish. Give it three to five years in bottle.