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Expert Picks: Anne & Sebastien Bidault and…Anne & Sebastien Bidault!

Posted on | December 17, 2015 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15Today I’m pleased to highlight two impressive 2013 Pinot Noirs from Domaine Anne & Sebastian Bidault, a fantastic yet relatively unknown estate in the Côte de Nuits. I’d thought it impossible to find red Burgundies with this level of depth, finesse and complexity for under $60, but after tasting through Bidault’s exceptional 2013 lineup, I fully admit that I was wrong. This group of village-level wines clearly and accurately articulates their individual terroirs. Each of these phenomenal Pinot Noirs derives from vines that are at least 50 years old, and production levels are minuscule; among its four crus, the estate produces fewer than 500 cases in total! Bidault crafts serious wines that merit serious consideration, and they offer terrific value in Burgundy.

Anne & Sebastien Bidault 2013 Chambolle-Musigny Herbues $59.99

Once you taste a serious Chambolle-Musigny, you see why the Burgundy world swoons at the sheer mention of the appellation. Located directly between the vineyard sites of “les Chardannes” and “‘les Drazeys,” Bidault’s “les Herbues” is a sexy beast of a wine, and the 2013 layers nuances of blueberries, cherries and black fruits with hints of violets and savory notes. This bottling is exceptionally dense and powerful for a Pinot Noir; the tannins are ultra-refined and, like Bidault’s Morey-St-Denis, this wine’s balance is near impeccable. This is one outstanding “Village” Chambolle. Drink 2015-2020.

Anne & Sebastien Bidault 2013 Clos de la Roche VV $199.00

After tasting and absolutely falling in love with the other wines in the Bidault lineup, I was unsure what to expect from this effort. However, I was quickly won over by its powerful nose of deep cherries, telltale Morey-St-Denis minerality, cardamom, wild blackberry compote and wildflowers. Its deep, dense flavor profile is perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity that gives this behemoth of a Pinot Noir verve and lift (think of a elephant with the skills of a ballerina). This wine is insanely delicious now, but it has a serious future, if you can wait. Drink 2019-2029.

 

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