2005 Bouchard Pere & Fils - Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Volnay | Premier Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

BH 93   IWC 89-92   WA 90   JR 18-   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 93

No review available

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 26 Burghound Selection Outstanding, Sweet spot

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89-92

(from a cooler site featuring a good bit of chalk; not yet racked) Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice, with a suggestion of cassis reduction. Densely packed but juicy and sharply delineated, with flavors of kirsch stone, bitter chocolate and licorice. Finishes scented and long, with firm tannins that are a bit sweeter than usual for this cuvee But this is a less elegant style than the Caillerets. Unless otherwise noted, all subsequent 2005 samples had not yet been racked in November.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 131

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The Bouchard 2005 Volnay Clos des Chenes announces itself with site-typical black cherry and freshly grated ginger. This features bright, fresh, sweet fruit and chalky minerality in the manner of the Cuvee Carnot, but with greater generosity, admirable concentration and a luscious, persistently fresh-fruited, gingery finish.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 171

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18-

CS Slightly lighter colour than the Caillerets. Cake spice and plums but still fresh. Plums and cherries on the palate, sweet and fresh. Delicious. More autumnal than the Caillerets. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2010-2019
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/12/2012
Drink Dates: 2015+
Tasting note: By contrast to the toast of the Taillepieds, here the wood is more deftly applied as it is seamlessly integrated on both the nose and the palate, particularly on the rich, full, sweet, intense and powerful flavors where the obvious muscle continues onto the less mineral-infused but with even more impressive raw material. This is flat out superb and it's remarkable just how different these two wines are from one another yet the vineyards abut. Tasted: Apr 01, 2007 Score: 93 Drink: 2015+ - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

704 bottles owned by 148 collectors.

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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 Pere 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 Greve Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus and the Chambertin-Clos de Beze. As for whites, the Meursault Genevrieres, Meursault Perrieres, Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet are all great interpreters of their particular sites, exhibiting the many nuances of grand and premier cru Chardonnay.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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