The Chevalier-Montrachet 2008 from Bouchard is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet layers of lovely yellow fruit spiced with a very fine citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and vibrant yellow fruit .. airy but intense .. focused by a powerful minerality and the energetic 08 acidity. A beautifully balanced Chevalier with a wonderful expression of terroir.
The Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 2012 is a lovely effort. On the nose red and dark and darkberry fruit .. forward and quite charming with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate fine weight and fruit … openly knit and quite forward … with a nice nerve and focus. Recent vintages indicates that this is not a wine build for decades of cellaring. A quite lovely glass of pinot …
The Monthelie Duresses 1er cru 2012 from Bouchard is a charming effort. In the nose lovely red fruits .. very forward with a beautiful sweetness. On the palate rich and forward fruit … bursting with sweet red berries. Its charming and quite loosely knit … however with a slight dryness in the finish. A wine for shorttime enjoyment rather than years of cellaring.
The Genevrieres 2012 from Bouchard is a rather expressive wine. On the nose rich and quite forward yellow fruits … notes of acacia, pear … infused with a citrus driven minerality. On the palate rich and intense .. slightly on the dense side lacking a bit of vibrancy and refinement to equel the best on this gorgeous terroir. Its nevertheless a fine effort with a lovely minerality and weight.
The Corton Charlie 2012 from Bouchard is a delightful effort. On the nose fine citrus infused minerality and a lovely fresh and refined fruit – white orchard fruits with notes of pear and apple. On the palate quite some weight and richness but with a effortless freshness and verve. Really like the combination of the rich 2012 fruit and the powerful structure from the Charlie terroir. Bouchard did a fine job on the Corton hill in this vintage.
The Beaune Clos St. Landry is a very harmanious and quite understated effort. The nose is very delicate and discrete with just a touch of oak, fine notes of exotic white and yellow orchard fruits … apricot, apple and a refreshing citrus note along with a mineralic hint. On the palate fine volume, rich and supple … but first and foremost very harmonious and airy. Not a very expressive wine …. but I really love effortless harmony in this wine .. drinking very well indeed.
The Volnay Caillerets from Bouchard is one of my favorite reds from this big house. The 2012 edition is no exception …. a lovely Volnay in the making. The nose is crammed with red and dark berry fruit … fine depth and mineralic energy. On the palate rich and deep fruit … lovely concentration … fine transparancy and a powerful slightly edgy minerality. Its well balanced and focused with a quite lovely nerve and energy.
I rarely bring notes on the generic pinot from the big houses. But the Pinot Noir reserve 2012 from Bouchard deserves a mention. Firstly its important to understand … this is a wine made in very large quantities i.e. several 100.000 bottles … and the price is very low. The 2012 is nevertheless showing true Burgundy character … the fruit is quite pure and there is a nice little expression of terroir – reminds me of a small Pernand Vergelesses. The nose is quite attactive and its drinking well with a nice freshness and weight for this level. Not for collectors but I would happily drink a glass of this wine to a light lunch or dinner.
The Montrachet 2012 from Bouchard Pere et Fils is a very expressive and powerful Montrachet. In the bouquet rich yellow orchard fruits – infused with citrus and a powerful but filigree minerality. On the palate quite weighty ripe yellow fruit – rather openly knit and supported by a quite delicate acidity and a very powerful minerality. The finish is long and persistent with a intense fruit expression interlinked with the fantastic minerality of the Montrachet terroir. A powerful Montrachet in the making – is it better than the very refined and delicate 2011 Montrachet – not in my view – but its a close call.
The “Le Corton” 2012 from Bouchard is one of the most impressive reds I have tasted from this producer. In the nose lovely red berry fruit – raspberries -red currant – supported by a earthy minerality and a healthy dose of new oak. The crisp acidity infuses freshness in the nose and creates a lovely vibrant play with the fruit. On the palate a vibrant punch of minerality and red fruit … lovely nerve in the playful acidity. It has very fine midpalate weight and is very crisp and lightfooted due to the delightful acidity. The finish is long and vibrant … a classic Corton in the making. Really enjoyed this Corton.
Old wines should be treated with respect and given the appropriate time to resolve in the glas. This is true for most wines, but especially old white Burgundies can be misunderstood and wasted if they are not given sufficient time in the glas. This bottle of 1986 Meursault Charmes from Bouchard Pere et Fils seemed tired and slightly oxidative when it was poured … and it took at least 10 – 15 minutes in the glass before it started to show it’s qualities. After quite some time in the glass it showed the most lovely mature complexity combined with a delightful vibrant freshness. In the nose yellow fruit, acacia, almonds and hazelnuts with notes of orange zest and coffee. On the palate pure and quite crisp, with a lovely balance and weight. It’s not a big wine, but a perfectly mature old white Burgundy … with all the qualities an old white Burgundy should possess … but rarely have.
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.
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 1988 is now in decline. The nose is very mature with complex notes of plum, sous-bois and sadly also some quite strong maderized notes. On the palate quite intense – with some fruit left – slightly maderized and starting to dry out in the finish. The maderized notes are reduced significantly after some time in the glass – and at this point it’ a drinkable wine. Bottom line – too old but still tasteable.
The Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus 1999 is still slightly closed and backward. The nose is showing dark and red berry fruit – dense sweet and ripe – with a nice earthy minerality and beginning complexity .. sous-bois and a slight hint of truffle peel. On the palate rich and quite dark with a somewhat dense expression. Lacking a bit of nerve and is in my view slighly high on the alcohol … or at least showing to much alcohol presenly. The development in the glass doesn’t really indicate 10 years more in the cellar – but think it will improve over the next years. Yes it’s big and dense … but prefer the higher quality and style of the recent vintages – not a bad wine though!
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.
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.
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. A big wine for this level – need 10 years in the cellar to show you the full potential of this fine terroir.
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. A beautiful wine in the making – love the midpalate intensity and the terroir expression.
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. A really fine effort from Bouchard.
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.