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2007 Beaune Greves Vignes de l'Enfant Jesus (Domaine)

Bouchard Pere & Fils


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Average Score 91.17

This is a big step up in aromatic complexity if not aromatic elegance with cool and very fresh red and dark berry fruit, earth, stone and animale nose that precedes delicious, round and generous flavors that possess equally good depth on the intense, mouth coating and superbly long finish. This is a wine of harmony with a sense of completeness about it that gives it a Zen-like feel. Allen Meadows, Burghound. Apr01,2009
Burley tobacco, beef bouillon, smoky, Lapsang-like black tea, and sweetly ripe red fruits scent the Bouchard 2007 Beaune Greves L’Enfant Jesus. Alkaline, medicinal-herbal, and gamey notes all emerge on airing, and join the aforementioned elements on a palate of polished texture and sappy, bittersweet concentration. This clings for formidable intensity and persistence, and I would plan to follow it for at least the better part of a decade. ||Director-winemaker Philippe Prost made no attempt to minimize the challenges of 2008 and was careful to distinguish between its wind-borne concentration and genuinely ideal phenolic maturity (approached more nearly this year in white than red). He opined that the wide window afforded for relaxed picking despite the late calendar date was critical, since the levels of ripeness were so disparate from one site to another. That said, he showed me an outstanding collection of Pinots. Ironically, as he pointed out, ripeness was also disparate in one of the two earliest vintages on record, 2007, yet picking – while fitful – was anything but relaxed due to the pressure of rot. And here, too, Bouchard scored excellent successes. By means of, where necessary, “swapping lees” between barrels to inoculate stubborn lots, Prost says he was able to get all of his 2008s through malo-lactic conversion in timely fashion, which he considers especially important with Pinot. Bottling of the 2008 reds – with a few exceptions mentioned in my notes and due to have been bottled in April – took place in December and January, the same schedule adopted for their 2007s. I did not have an opportunity to taste nearly all of Bouchard’s vast collection from either vintage, and have in the text of my notes indicated a few from among their 2008s that I take to represent significant omissions. (I have not noted “Domaine” to distinguish those wines that are part of the Bouchard, except in cases where there is another otherwise eponymous wine.) Wine Advocate.June, 2010
Burley tobacco, beef bouillon, smoky, Lapsang-like black tea, and sweetly ripe red fruits scent the Bouchard 2007 Beaune Greves L’Enfant Jesus. Alkaline, medicinal-herbal, and gamey notes all emerge on airing, and join the aforementioned elements on a palate of polished texture and sappy, bittersweet concentration. This clings for formidable intensity and persistence, and I would plan to follow it for at least the better part of a decade. David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate. Jun 2010

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