2006 Bouchard Pere & Fils - Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Puligny Montrachet | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

A monolithic version, showing weight and a chewy texture, with concentration and length. It's less expressive, yet the lime, apricot, mineral and vanilla notes are set against a vibrant structure. The finish is its best feature at the moment, so be patient.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Burghound | Rating: 96

(Bouchard has been separately vinifying this parcel, which at one time was part of Montrachet, since 1992 though the first commercial release was not until 1997; Prost jokingly refers to this parcel as "Montrachet du haute pente", or upper slope Montrachet) Here the aromatic profile is less elegant than that of the Chevalier but actually more complex and as it virtually always is, it seems to combine most of the elegance of a classic Chevalier with most of the power and depth of a classic Montrachet though from one vintage to another, it can reflect more of the character of one than the other. In 2006, this is more Montrachet than Chevalier. Either way, it's a terrific wine and also more than worth buying if you can find it.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 31 Burghound Selection Don't miss

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($750) Pure, reticent aromas of lemon, crushed stone and minerals. Tactile and lush, with an almost exotic quality to the sweet fruit, and yet this conveys an almost magically light touch. More Chevalier than Montrachet in style-no mean feat for this vintage. Finishes with terrific length and thrust.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 140

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93-94

Reflecting a terrace adjacent to Le Montrachet (and for which Bouchard has in fact appealed the classification), the 2006 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte sacrifices some of the brightness and elegance of the 'regularâ?� bottling for the sake of even more enveloping richness, amplitude, and sheer density. A bitter-sweet amalgam of over-ripe peach, plum, litchi, fruit pits, candied citrus, and toasted nuts is noticeably marked by the vanilla of new wood, and while the finish is formidable, it lacks the refinement, elegance, or mineral intrigue of its immediate sibling. Time will probably continue to take these two Chevalier Montrachet bottlings ever-further apart, with the Cabotte displaying the kinship with its yet more famous neighbor. Certainly a comparison any time over at least the next dozen years would prove fascinating for those few wine lovers who can afford it.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 180

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18+

Creamy and delicately floral. Tight and quite linear at the moment but concentrated dense and tense. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Author: Julia Harding MW

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Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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71 bottles owned by 15 collectors.

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About This Producer

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: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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