Aloxe Corton 1er Cru ‘Clos des Marechaudes’
This is a wine made from carefully handpicked fruit vinified in Albert Bichot’s gravity-fed winery in their special temperature controlled conical oak vats. The temperature is kept cool at the beginning of the fermentation to control the speed of fermentation and to extract fresh cherry, strawberry, and currant fruit flavours from the Pinot Noir. Towards the end of fermentation to temperature is raised to aid the extraction of colour and tannin from the grapes and give some body to the wine and so provide it with structural balance on the palate. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in oak (25 – 40% new) from the Allier, Vosges, and Tronais forests. This imparts some sweet spice to the wine as well as some herb characteristics and some smoky and toasty notes as well. This is a wine that is easily capable of fifteen years’ development in cellar from the vintage.