Albert Bichot Latricieres Chambertin 2018
|France, Burgundy, Morey Saint Denis
This wine's reluctant nose gives away only a tender red-fruit note. The palate comes in with shy poise, clinging to fresh, tart red-cherry fruit on a concentrated body. It is svelte and toned, yet steely in its concentration and intent. As of yet, the wine is unyielding, but this is why it is so full of promise. A wonderful balance just comes down on the side of freshness while the warmth of 2018 broods like a genie yet to be released. Drink 2030-2050.
Intensely aromatic, offering graphite-tinged currant, cherry, strawberry and earth flavors. Its texture is silky and the finish well-defined, even racy and long, echoing the fruit and mineral components. Best from 2022 through 2040. 80 cases made, 22 cases imported.
The 2018 Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru was picked between September 7 and 12 and contains 50% whole bunch. Typical of this grand cru, it feels reserved and a bit bashful on the nose, especially compared to the Charmes-Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and good volume, though it does not deliver the same precision and finesse as some of the best examples of this vintage.