2016 Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 1er Cru 'Les Malconsorts' Vosne-Romanée 1.5L
Les Malconsorts is an exceptional Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru. We are lucky enough to own 1.75 ha (4.3 acres) of this jewel, which is located close to legendary vineyards (less than 400 metres from Romane?e-Conti and less than 600 metres from Richebourg!).
The name "Malconsorts" suggests that this land must once have been at the origin of disputes between “mauvais consorts” (bad partners), from the Latin word CONSORS meaning "associate, partner". These litigants would have had a common interest in a case. The prefix "Mal-" would indicate that they conducted themselves inappropriately over land that they owned jointly.
The nose is fine and complex with delicate primary aromas enhanced by a subtle touch of oak. Soft, fruity notes end on a spicy finish. After a few minutes, subtle notes of peppermint and cedar develop.
On the palate, all the crispiness of Pinot Noir with very pleasing, smooth, mouth-filling tannic texture.
Try this Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru "Les Malconsorts" with red meats, game in sauce, and the majority of cheeses.
SERVING AND KEEPING
Serve between 16 and 17°C (60°F - 63°F).
This wine may be cellared for 7 to 10 years or more.
James Suckling - "Beautiful crushed roses with an array of fresh raspberries and red cherries, as well as light mocha and oak spices in the background. The palate has excellent tannin maturity and depth. A bold, explosive finish. This is exceptional. This elegant vintage has delivered a wine with real clarity and detail. But still needs some time. Try from 2024. Range: 94-95"
Tim Atkin - "The Bichot holdings run to 1.75 hectares and cover both the upper and lower parts of the Premier Cru. This is a sturdy, almost austere expression of the site with serious tannins, dense, chewy black fruits and a touch of mint. Very well made, but needs considerable time in bottle. 2028-38"
Wine Spectator - "Smoky, with fine depth to the cherry, floral, spice and mineral flavors. The vibrant structure keeps this focused and long, while the fine overall balance and supportive tannins will allow this to develop. Best from 2021 through 2035."
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