International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Good deep red. Subdued but pure aromas of black cherry, minerals and sweet oak spices. Rich, round and sweet, but with good menthol reserve to its black cherry and spice flavors. This distinctly spherical wine will require at least four or five years to harmonize its faint finishing tartness.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2012
Burghound | Rating: 92Proust noted that hail damage ruined about 15% of the crop but that Bouchard took no chances and declassified about 50% of the total. Relatively strong reduction dominates the nose though there is ample body and richness to the suave yet precise flavors that exude a fine minerality on the very ripe finish that offers excellent volume if less complexity than usual. This is also extremely ripe and some, including me, will likely find it to be a bit too much so.Author: Allen Meadows
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16Spice and mocha, sweet toasty oak (60-80% new) over dark peppery fruit. Fine balance between density and freshness. Supple and spicy. Tannins add freshness too. Lingers. (JH)Author: Julia Harding MW
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
- 383 bottles owned
- 38 collectors