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 →
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 from Bouchard is really showing well. In the bouquet layers of red berry fruit with a lovely spicyness – hints of violets, horseradish and chocolate. On the palate very harmonious with layers of quite intense fruit – a lovely mineralic tension – and a very nice acidity. It’s long and intense with very good midpalate weight. The oak is offering good support in the long and docused finish. A big wine but still quite lightfooted and refined for a Clos de Vougeot.… Read the full article →
The Savigny Les Lavieres 2011 from Bouchard is a nice terroir driven “entry” level Burgundy. The nose is quite complex with nice red berry fruit, hints of minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate good cool fruit, finely balanced by the quite crisp acidity and the nice minerality from the lovely Lavieres terroir. I like this Savigny with it’s terroir driven expression – it offers a good complexity and it’s long and quite powerful for this level.
(Drink from 2018) – Good 85p – Tasted 01/05/2013.… Read the full article →
The Bourgogne Réserve from Bouchard deserves a mention – as it’s a nice generic white Burgundy. I like the style of Bouchards whites, and even the entry level white shares some of the style found in the more expensive wines. The nose offer notes of pear, lemongrass and citrus with a (very slight) hint of minerality. On the palate very pure fruit – good balance, freshness and energy – the 2011 vintage aure is lovely for the whites. Not a big and complex wine – but nevertheless a pleasure.… Read the full article →
The Meursault Genevrieres 2011 from Bouchard is a very rich and quite exotic wine. In the bouquet exotic orchard fruits with notes of apricot, white peach, acacia and a fine citrus infused stony minerality. On the palate very rich and intense with a quite abundant fruit and a strong mineralic backbone from the fine terroir. It’s very long with a good balance between the rich fruit and the acidity in the mineral driven finish. The fruit is very ripe but matched quite well by the fresh and vibrant acidity.… Read the full article →
The Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is very refined and showing beautifully. The bouquet offer pure and cool orchard fruits – with notes of white peach, melon and pear – hints of acacia flower, petrolium, citrus and a filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – the fruit is crystal clear and supported very well by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is vibrant and the tension and nerve is indeed impressive. A very elegant Chevalier-Montrachet in the making.… Read the full article →
The Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is a refined and very balanced masterpiece. The bouquet is offering pure crystaline cool orchard fruits – intense but airy … with discrete citrus notes and a powerful but very filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – but still it’s a incredibly balanced and lightfooted wine. The fruit is crystal clear and supported perfectly by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is very vibrant and the tension and nerve in this refined wine is extraordinary.… Read the full article →
The Corton-Charlemagne 2011 from Bouchard is a gorgeous and classic Charlie. The bouquet is crystaline in it’s purity … with pure ripe and fresh orchard fruits, citrus notes and a powerful but filligree minerality. On the palate very fresh and crisp fruit, a very vibrant acidity and a powerful mineralic backbone. There is real power and poise here – very intense with great length and mineralic weight. A very balanced and harmonious Chalie – refined with a lovely mineralic tension. Truly impressive effort from Bouchard – really enjoyed this wine.… Read the full article →
I used to be slightly ambivalent about the big houses in Burgundy …. in some sense it’s tremendously impressive they can produce an almost infinite number of bottles each year and still maintain a high quality, on the other hand one sometimes feels that something is missing …. a human touch or a deeper understanding of the specific terroirs.
The big houses have however improved a lot during the last decade, and quite a few of them are now producing wines that rivals the smaller producers on their home turf.… Read the full article →