Bouchard Pere et Fils and for that matter other of the large houses in Beaune have over the recent years really improved quality. They have moved from mass production towards quality that can rival some of the better producers in the different appelations.
But how big is this improvement? To test this we had a range of Bouchard Pere et Fils, Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus … from 1988 to the latest vintage 2011.… Read the full article →
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 2007 is very open and already showing some lovely complex matured notes. In the bouquet sweet matured red fruit, with notes of cherries, strawberries and plum – spiced with sous-bois and a slight hint of truffle and coffee. On the palate lovely rich and matured fruit – with a delicate freshness and a nice earthy minerality. The quite virbrant acidity adds focus to the wine – lovely long and tense finish. It’s a lovely wine now – really don’t think it would benefit from more than 5 years extra in the cellar.… Read the full article →
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 2009 is a rich but quite balanced 2009. In the bouquet sweet red fruits – black cherries, raspberries, red currant spiced with a hint of ruhbarb and wet stones. On the palate quite dense and intense, with layers of sweet fruit. It’s quite vibrant and delicate for the vintage – with a long complex and quite refined finish, A fine 09 in the making – not a wine that requires 20 years in the cellar.… Read the full article →
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 2010 is a very intense wine but closing down now. In the bouquet intense and tight red and dark berry fruit – with notes of cherries, raspberries liquorice and plum – rather closedat the moment. On the palate layers of ripe pure fruit with a backbone of earthy minerality, abundant tannins and the fine 2010 acidity. It offers a very rich midpalate and a very long tightly focused finish – need time to soften the grip from the finely grained and ripe tannins.… Read the full article →
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 2011 is a serious and lovely pinot. In the bouquet delicate red and dark berry fruit – with notes of cherries, raspberries and plum – spiced with some quite refined floral hints. On the palate very harmonious with a quite intense but airy fruit – a nice mineralic tension – and a good backbone of finely grained tannins and acidity. It’s quite muscular for the vintage, and will require some cellaring before the full potential is unleashed.… Read the full article →