Richebourg, Grand Cru, 2014

  Domaine Clos Frantin

From a small parcel at the top part of the vineyard. Closed initially but with air the breadth, depth and reach of this wine becomes very apparent. Full, voluptuous and velvety with a fresh acidity. Lovely precise flavours of red berries, damson and bramble with notes of mulled spice, earth and smoke. Fine flavours set in a large, unctuous structural frame. Bold, big, silky and complex.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine Clos Frantin

In 1996 Alberic Bichot became the 6th generation to take over the management of this historic Burgundian house. Bichot have always had impressive vineyard holdings and been one of the most important negociants in the region but the wines were all too often disappointing. Alberic’s mission was to transform the estate’s quality and reputation. One of his first moves was to bring in Alain Serveau as chief winemaker. Vitally both of Bichot’s Cote d’Or domaines, Clos Frantin in the Cotes de Nuits and Domaine du Pavillon in the Cote de Beaune, have their own vineyard and winemaking teams as well as their own wineries and cellars with Alain overseeing the whole production. When asked at a tasting of the fine 2014s what the most essential changes have been during his near twenty year reign, Alain pinpointed a lowering of yields and increased flexibility, ie adapting to each plot and vintage rather a systematic approach. Well the wines have improved immeasurably, the last three vintages in particular have been excellent for the Domaine wines, to the point that we could finally not resist the beautiful 2014s. By and large the grapes are de-stalked, undergo a long slow and gentle cuvaison of up to thirty days and then age in barriques for between 14-18 months depending on the wine and vintage. New oak is far from excessive, going up to a mximum of 60-70% for the top Grand Crus.

Appellation: Richebourg

Richebourg is one of the great Grands Crus in the Vosne-Romanée commune, behind only to La Romanée, Romanée-Conti and La Tâche in reputation. Its 8 ha are shared between a handful of growers including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, Grivot, various branches of the Gros family and Domaine Méo-Camuzet. As the name suggests, this is one of the most voluptuous, rich and powerful wines of Burgundy, a sort of Vosne-Romanée on steroids, and has the ability to age for decades.