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Albert Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve Privee NV

The Experience

Drink When...
Livin' the life
Listen To...
Underground Luxury by B.o.B.
Think About...
Deluxe life
Drink With...
Bresse chicken with creamy truffle sauce

The Oddbins Take

The word ‘deluxe’ is often overused. Home ware stores and the like often refer to things like dishcloths as their ‘deluxe model’. It kind of de-luxes the product, no? So we aim to right that grave wrong by using it to describe Albert Bichot’s ‘Réserve Privée’. Bichot is a fantastic producer, whose wines we stock in abundance, and this is the aristocrat of its range of sparkling wines, or ‘crémants’ as they call them in Burgundy. With an iridescent, copper and gold-inflected jewel of a sparkler, unctuous flavours of toasty hazelnuts and honey, all balanced with crisp acidity, this crémant will leave you in no doubt of its ‘deluxe’ credentials.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Classification
AOC Bourgogne
Vintage
Non Vintage
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
12.5%

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£17.75

£17.75

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The Style

Grape
Chardonnay (66%), Pinot Noir (33%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Anthony Rose in The Independent Magazine, 2/8/2014: "Sticking with Oddbins, the revitalised high-street chain also has a fine French fizz from Burgundy in the shape of the Bichot Crémant de Bourgogne Reserve Privée, £17.50, Oddbins; a vinous sparkler – whose vanilla-cream aromas are supported by a creamy mousse with nectarine – is dry and nutty."

Julia Harding MW in The Purple Pages, 7/11/14: "I first tasted it almost a year ago in London at Bichot's 2012 burgundy primeur tasting, where this wine was presented almost as an afterthought, or so it seemed since it was not even included on the tasting sheet - more of a parting refresher or reward for those who had tasted all the still red and white 2012s. At last this delicious and keenly priced wine has crossed the Channel and is available in the UK chez Oddbins."

The Bichot family, which has been established in Burgundy since 1350, and has been making wine since the 19th century, owns estates across the region and has been named both the Red Winemaker of the year (in 2004) and White Winemaker of the Year (in 2011) by the International Wine Challenge (IWC). Albéric Bichot, who took over in 1996, is the sixth generation of Bichots to run the House.

The average age of vines is 30 years old, but it isn’t rare to find 60 year old vines in some of their single vineyards such as “Le Clos des Ursulines” in Pommard. Each year, they replant approximately 2 to 3% of the vines, so that in the long term they are always in perfect health when they reach their optimal age. Each estate has its own vineyard team, who manages both the vines and the soil, and who have intimate knowledge of each parcel and of the vines that are planted there. Each estate also boasts its own winery and cellars where a dedicated team vinifies each cru, under the direction of Alain Serveau, the Cellar Master (red wines from the Côte de Beaune are vinified at the Domaine du Pavillon winery).

Made with 66% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Noir and aged on the lees for 20 months in cool cellars, the Réserve Privée has very fine, even bubbles and is an intense, golden yellow in colour, with copper highlights. It is unctuous on the palate (with flavours of hazelnut, honey) and nice acidity; a truly elegant wine.


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