International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($660) Utterly distinctive nose combines red grapefruit, vineyard peach, white flowers, gingerbread and wet stone. Broad, sweet and rather powerful, with distinctly spicy, sappy flavors of quinine, licorice and minerals. The firm acidity of the wine is nicely buffered today by its sheer richness. Strong finishing minerality gives this very backward wine a light touch. This, too, calls for seven or eight years of cellaring and should ultimately merit an even higher score.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: September/October 2009
Burghound | Rating: 95A slightly riper but equally elegant nose of green apple, white flower, anise, clove and wet stone is trimmed in a bit of oak toast nose before merging seamlessly into rather muscular and notably powerful big-bodied flavors that are rich, full and sappy while delivering a concentrated, explosive and hugely long finish. This can't quite match the power and depth of the Montrachet but it's not far off either.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Reflecting a terrace adjacent to Le Montrachet (one of four Bouchard terraces that collectively constitute around one third of this great cru) the 2007 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte offers a floral bouquet as ravishing as that of its 'regularƒ?_ Chevalier-Montrachet counterpart. Here the scents range from iris through orange blossom, and including that of the flowering vines themselves. This is even more penetrating yet also more rarified than its immediate sibling, with the high-toned floral notes again carrying along with citrus oils all the way into the finish, here characterized by transparency to and a dynamically shimmering interchange with saline, stony, and savory crustacean mineral elements. A hint of white pepper adds invigoration to the litany of luscious fruit and intriguing mineral characteristics of this subtly creamy-textured, uncannily buoyant expression of a great site which ' although Bouchard has appealed to the authorities in past for a reclassification as Montrachet ' strikes me as distinctively Chevalier in personality, or perhaps in this vintage like a cross between Montrachet and Les Preuses! I both hope and anticipate that this will be worth following for well more than a decade, but anyone lucky enough to acquire some would be crazy not to begin enjoying it young.Author: David Schildknecht
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Sharp and focused, like putting a few squeezes of lemon on hot limestone or slate, this is racy in profile and unevolved. Hints at apricot and tropical fruit flavors. Excellent length. Needs time.Author: Bruce Sanderson
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
- 43 bottles owned
- 7 collectors