International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Medium red. Musky aromas of plum, redcurrant, strawberry, dried flowers, underbrush and spicecake. Juicy and firm-edged, in fact a bit youthfully ungiving, with saline minerality complicating the redcurrant and earth flavors. Not a particularly sweet style owing to its impression of acidity but stylish for Beaune wine. Finishes with dusty tannins and an appealing pomegranate bitterness. (Incidentally, my bottle of the Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot led off with a tangy, fresh nose but was thin and hard on the palate and dry on the finish, showing little in the way of fruit sweetness.)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 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
- 92 bottles owned
- 8 collectors