Albert Bichot Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2005
Serving suggestions: The mineral purity of this wine will beautifully accompany Japanese cuisine using raw fish (breem sushis or pollack makis for example). Alternatively grilled or oven-stewed white meats are perfect,... View More
This Chablis reached extreme ripeness, yet the fruit's structural integrity has seemed only to intensify. The wine's powerful architecture sets firm boundaries, and the flavors fill them completely, layered with bass notes of toasted hazelnut and grilled pineapple rising to higher tones of sweet cream, gooseberries and lime. It's fascinating how a chardonnay can take a shape, one that will likely expand and evolve with long bottle age.
Weighty, full-bodied, full of ripe yellow fruits. Here’s a wine that is going to be a powerhouse, packed with intense flavors, touched by wood and a crisp edge. The aftertaste leaves minerality along with the ripe fruit.
A subtle trace of wood frames white flower, lychee nut, iodine and spice nuances that introduce very rich, sappy and palate staining flavors that are impeccably well balanced on the powerful and opulent finish. This is so rich that it could be almost heavy were it not for the very firm lemon and grapefruit-infused acidity. A very fine and classy effort.
Good pale color. Discreet, reserved but thoroughly ripe aromas of lime, green apple, white flowers and mint, with a leesy nuance. Juicy, spicy and classically dry, with flavors of apple, pear and flowers. Much more backward than the Vaucoupins and still youthfully tight on the back.
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Responsible for some of the most cerebral and age-worthy wines in the world...
Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.
In the Glass
Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.
Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.
If you love Barolo and Barbaresco but can’t afford to drink them every night, you can try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo. But Piedmont’s best-kept secret is the northern part of the region, where outstanding earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) are produced in Ghemme and Gattinara.