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Domaine du Clos-Frantin

About the Producer

Region: Nuits-Saint-Georges

Domaine du Clos Frantin in Nuits-Saint-Georges is owned by the Bichot family. A beautiful 18th century chȃteau, the vines cover 7.3 hectares, over half of which are Premier and Grand Crus. The vineyards are overseen by Christophe Chauvel previously of Domaine Leflaive. Severe pruning and an absence of fertilisers and herbicides (replaced by compost and ploughing) produce the best possible fruit. Starting with the 2018 vintage, all the wines are certified organic. In the cellar gravity has replaced mechanical operations but the approach is traditional. As with all of Bichot’s properties, Domaine du Clos Frantin is run like a family owned domaine.

Tasting Notes

By James Snoxell, Fine Wine Buyer

2019 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Malconsorts
£650 per 6 bottle case in bond

Frantin possesses 1.75 ha of this exceptional Vosne Romanée Premier Cru which lies next to La Tâche, just to the north. Fine and complex on the nose, with perfumed spice notes, the palate is elegant and well defined with delicate integrated tannins and bright energetic fruit – a brilliant showing in 2019. Drink from 2024.

2019 Echezeaux Grand Cru
£810 per 6 bottle case in bond

There are several lieux-dits within Echezeaux. Les Champs Traversins is at the top on a steep incline (‘traversins’ means steep slope in Occitan), where there is a high proportion of sand and gravel. The 2019 opens with a panoply of summer fruit aromas. Round and well balanced on the palate with a classically powerful structure, it ends on a long finish with a touch of spice. Drink from 2025.

2019 Clos-de-Vougeot Grand Cru
£810 per 6 bottle case in bond

Frantin’s plots are located at the bottom and top of the Clos, combining the fruit of the lower part, with the structure that is characteristic of the upper vineyard. An intensely flavoured wine, the 2019 is richly textured with smooth tannins, dark black fruits and a lifted sweet cherry note. It shows lots of freshness and direction on the finish. Drink from 2026.

2019 Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
£625 per 3 bottle case in bond

Located on the ‘Route des Grands Crus’, along the south west corner of Clos-de-Vougeot, the wines of Grands-Echezeaux show more complexity and intensity than Echezeaux. The 2019 has an elegant, racy aroma of dark plums and briary forest fruits with a spicy gamey character leading to a rich and fleshy palate with well balanced, structured tannins. Great ageing potential here. Drink from 2026.

2019 Chambertin Grand Cru
£1825 per 6 bottle case in bond

Widely reputed as the preferred wine of Napoleon, it became so revered that the village of Gevrey was renamed after it. Extraordinarily concentrated and very lively, the nose displays fresh plum, dark prune and sweet herb notes. Powerful and richly textured, with superb length, this is magnificent. Almost too much to take in at the moment, it will be wonderful with some age. Cellar for at least 8 years. Drink from 2028.

2019 Richebourg Grand Cru
£1625 per 3 bottle case in bond

Richebourg is without doubt one of the most soughtafter and sumptuous of all Burgundy’s Grand Crus. Majestic and incredibly intense, this wine boasts aromas of deep berry fruits with a touch of exotic smoke and elegant spice. The palate features lovely velvety tannins, dense flavours and an exquisitely long and well defined finish. Perfectly balanced and integrated. Drink from 2028.

Burgundy 2019 Enquiry Form

Due to the high quality of the vintage and limited quantities, demand is sure to be very high with some cuvées, especially at Grand Cru level,
available on a strict allocation basis. Get in touch with us via the form below to secure your cases.

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