Burghound | Rating: 92I have had huge bottle variation with this wine as I have tasted it 4 times now with one excellent example and 3 disappointing bottles. This most recent bottle was easily the best of them with its markedly ripe nose of full-on sous-bois, spice, earth and soft game scents. There is a wonderfully seductive character to the velvety and lightly mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. By contrast, the other 3 bottles all possess the same lovely mouth feel but with flavors that were surprisingly light and relatively simple. In all 3 of these cases I gave a rating of only 86 points, which is evidence that these 3 samples were quite disappointing. In sum, this wine, at least in my experience with it, is an enigma.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 11/18/2014
Eighty-six hectares of grand and premier cru vineyards. One hundred thirty total hectares in the Cote d'Or. Eighty crus produced each vintage. Two hundred seventy-five years of history. Bouchard Père et Fils is truly an institution in Beaune. The Maison was founded by father and son Michel and Joseph Bouchard in 1731, and the family wine merchant business has grown steadily ever since, taking any opportunity to add to its vineyard holdings along the way. Not to be completely overshadowed by its wines, Bouchard conducts business in the very center of Beaune in the old Chateau de Beaune, whose storied past rivals that of the Maison. In 1995, the Champagne family of Joseph Henriot took control of Bouchard, resulting in improvements in quality, not to mention the addition of more top-level vineyard sites. Reds of particular interest include the flagship Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus and the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. As for whites, the Meursault Genevrières, Meursault Perrières, Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet are all great interpreters of their particular sites, exhibiting the many nuances of grand and premier cru Chardonnay.
Collector Data For This Wine
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of collectors)