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Average critic rating : 91.67 points

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There is a bit more wood in evidence in this domaine cuvée and the fruit, while similar, is slightly riper as well that leads to somewhat bigger, richer, fuller and more densely textured flavors that possess excellent power and plenty of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins on the deeper and equally austere fruit. Both examples are lovely though not surprisingly, there is just a bit more here. Allen Meadows, Burghound. Apr01,2009

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Bouchard’s non-estate 2007 Clos Vougeot smells of blond tobacco, pungent herbs, fresh red fruits, roasted game, and a hint of rose petal. Decadent game and floral suggestions persist throughout, but the sweetness of fruit and herbal inflections are perturbed by gum-numbing tannin. Eventually, strawberry fruit, tobacco, and rose petal re-emerge on a lingering finish. It may be that this will knit-itself with a bit more time, and it looks likely to be capable of withstanding at least 6-8 years in bottle. David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate. Jun 2010

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Bouchard’s non-estate 2007 Clos Vougeot smells of blond tobacco, pungent herbs, fresh red fruits, roasted game, and a hint of rose petal. Decadent game and floral suggestions persist throughout, but the sweetness of fruit and herbal inflections are perturbed by gum-numbing tannin. Eventually, strawberry fruit, tobacco, and rose petal re-emerge on a lingering finish. It may be that this will knit-itself with a bit more time, and it looks likely to be capable of withstanding at least 6-8 years in bottle. ||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

Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s most important houses, and the largest vineyard holder in the Côte d’Or with 130 hectares of vineyards. It’s holdings include 12 hectares of grand cru vineyards, with significant plots in Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. It holds more than 70 hectares of premier cru vineyards, most of which are in the Côte de Beaune, including one of Beaune’s most famous wines: Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus.

The company is owned by the Henriot group, which took over in 1995. Run from their impressive headquarters in Beaune, Bouchard has been making better and better wines in the past twenty years, and can be considered a benchmark producer of both red and white Burgundy.

Bouchard’s holdings in Chevalier-Montrachet are their jewel, and they hold Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte in its entirety. This vineyard sits just above Bouchard’s holding of Le Montrachet, and is one of the finest examples of Chardonnay. The house also has grand cru holdings in Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Bonne Mares in the Côte de Nuits.



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