Horizon de Bichot Pinot Noir 2016, Vin de France

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Horizon de Bichot Pinot Noir 2016, Vin de France
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A modern take on French Pinot Noir which draws upon over 150 years of Burgundian winemaking experience. The result? One of the best Pinot Noirs from France we've ever encountered in this price bracket. Bravo Bichot.

Two areas around Limoux and in the hills to the south, as the Pyrenees begin to climb, are the source for exceptional Pinot Noir grapes. Mixing grapes from these distinct terroirs meant it has to be a Vin de France.

A Pinot Noir wine which beautifully marries a dense fruitiness with enough structure so it'll age gracefully. Entices you with aromas of blackberry mixed with sour cherry and raspberry, that cherry flavour on the palate too, plus hints of pepper and mint. Silky texture, and a long finish. Superb wine.

Take a renowned producer of exquisite Burgundy wines, let them loose in new territories, and what do you get? The Horizon de Bichot wines. Very smart French Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (sticking to their strengths) from the south-west of France. Not Burgundy, but every bit as spellbinding. As is the remarkably reasonable price
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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Vin de France

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

France

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Mild), Sausages, Tomato-Based Dishes

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The Producer

The Bichot family settled in Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy in 1350. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since nor has its symbol, a doe, or biche in French. Their wine heritage goes back to 1831 with Bernard who was a wine trader. It was his son, Hippolyte, who brought the first vines in Volnay and grandson, Albert, who rooted the Bichot name in Beaune from which the family business grew. Since 1996 Bichot has been under Albéric Bichot who is completely focused on developing the future of the company without compromising family tradition or quality.
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The Winemaker

The winemakers of Albert Bichot are world renowned. They were awarded 'Red Winemaker of the Year' in 2004 and 'White Winemaker of the Year' 2011. The team have recently been awarded the title of 'Red Winemaker of the Year' 2017 at the International Wine Challenge 2017. This new recognition rewards their teams’ daily efforts and the continuous attention paid to every detail from vine to finished wine and uncompromising choices in terms of quality.

The Region

Bichot's quest to discover new lands and take their historic winemaking skills to other areas of France lead them to Limoux in the south of France. The varied soil, climate and diversity of the surrounding area drew them in. The region can be divided into four 'terroir'. To the west is their 'Oceanic Terroir', it's known to add elegance to the wine due to the alternation of wet and dry periods. The south is the 'Upper Valley Terroir' and adds subtlety, these vineyards average 380m altitude so it's the coolest and latest-ripening region. The north-east 'Mediterranean Terroir' faces the Mediterranean sea and is a hot climate this adds power and fruit intensity to the wine. Finally, the central region, the 'Autan Terroir', also a hot region but without the sea breeze, these grapes add rich unctuous flavours.
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Tartiflette

The rich combination of potato, cheese, bacon and garlic could stop anyone in their tracks so pick ripe reds with good acidity or structured whites which will both cut through the delicious stodge! This dish is calling out for a French Pinot Noir.
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Pasta With Olives, Tomatoes and Spicy Sausage

Quick to prepare and packed with flavour, this sausage stew will work well with smooth, medium-bodied earthy reds with red fruit flavours, we'd recommend Bichot's new Horizon Pinot Noir, a beautiful match.
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Chicken Paupiette filled with Sundried Tomato and Mushrooms

The multi-layered flavours of savoury mushroom, sweet, sun-dried tomato and rich aubergine and pepper calls for a bit of an all-rounder. A soft, easy-drinking red, like a Pinot Noir, will cover all the required taste bases!
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