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Average critic rating : 91.83 points

89-92

89-92

In contrast to the last few wines where the wood was at low volume, here it all but dominates the distinctly sauvage, even animale nose of pungent earth, underbrush and humus that add breadth to the somber dark currant and plum aromas. There is good richness and power to the moderately concentrated and solidly complex medium-bodied flavors that possess a surprisingly supple mouth feel; indeed this could aptly be described as supple and while it does tighten up somewhat, this will be an unusually early drinker in the context of what is typical for this wine. Apr 2016, www.burghound.com, Drink: 2022+

90-93

90-93

(Bouchard vinifies its plots from the top and bottom of theclos together; 60% vendange entier): Healthy red-ruby. Dark cherry, menthol, licorice and wild herbs on the demonstrative nose. Sweet and fairly plump but backward, showing a slight medicinal reserve and an herbal element to its black cherry and licorice flavors. This saline, fat wine is deceptively approachable today, finishing with ripe tannins, but its slow-building length and medicinal and menthol qualities suggest that it will need time in bottle--probably longer than the Echézeaux. Incidentally, Bouchard will pull up and replant its lower parcel of Clos Vougeot this year. Jan 2016, www.vinous.com

93-94

93-94

The Clos de Vougeot 2014 is a both focused and generous offer. The nose show ample red and dark berry fruit spiced with a earthy minerality, chocolate, violets and other spices. On the palate quite rich and generous mid-palate fruit – fresh and juicy with a good energy for the appellation. A refined and precise Clos de Vougeot in the making .. quite impressive. May 2016, www.winehog.org, Drink: 2027+

Bouchard Père & Fils: The Importance

The definitive Burgundy négociant is Bouchard Père & Fils, which, in Clive Coates’ opinion, is among the region’s best. Allen Meadows is regularly impressed by wines from this domaine, with old vintage stock providing a backdrop for the youthful recent releases, which have been on a noticeable upward curve in recent years. Steen Öhman tells his readers that he is “a big fan of the Bouchard whites, as they represent purity and refinement.”

 

Bouchard Père & Fils: The Insight

In Robert Parker’s opinion, the highlights of the domaine's offerings include their "flagship" Beaune-Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, their "outstanding" parcels in Volnay, Vosne-Romanée, and Gevrey-Chambertin; and their "exceptional" holdings in Meursault, Puligny, and Chassagne, including "enough Chevalier-Montrachet to justify two separate bottlings".

 

Parker has reason to be impressed: Bouchard is the biggest landholder in Burgundy, with 43 bottlings from 74 Premier Cru vineyards spanning Burgundy, and 13 Grand Cru bottlings from 12 Grand Cru hectares. These include legendary terroirs such as La Romanée, “a stellar wine” according to Pierre Rovani, as well as a tremendous range of white wines of which Steen Öhman tells his readers that he is “a big fan.” For him, “they represent purity and refinement,” a view that is corroborated by John Gilman who describes recent vintages of the whites as “stunning”.

 

The 2010 Montrachet from Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils is pure magic in the bottle,” writes Gilman, while the 2011 is “utterly exhilarating and profound” and the 2012 “also brilliant.” According to Allen Meadows, the Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny provide “top value,” as does the white Puligny-Montrachet.

 

Bouchard Père & Fils: The Background

John Gilman has emphatically praised Bouchard’s move away from “aggressively spicy” Taransaud barrels for the élevage of their red wines starting in 2011. Gilman also notes that this kind of barrel has never been used for the white wines at Bouchard, which earn high praise from Gilman in every recent vintage.

 

Changes of management are nothing new at Maison Bouchard, whose cellars in Beaune have been in constant production since 1731, with vineyard holdings expanding drastically at the end of the 18th Century. The 19th Century was marked by intensified vineyard plantings in Beaune and the family schism that gave rise to the négociant firm Bouchard Ainé & Fils. As of 2015, Bouchard is part of “La Vigie,” a collection of wine estates managed by the family-run Champagne House Henriot. The highly-regarded Chablis producer William Fèvre is in the same stable, having been originally acquired by Bouchard in 1998.

 



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