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Average critic rating : 94.88 points

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96

Though there is a hint of unabsorbed SO2 present on the otherwise expressive and actually quite elegant nose that features notes of lemon rind, spiced pear, white peach and plenty of floral scents. The serious and striking rich flavors are imposingly scaled as well as impressively concentrated and while obvious overtly powerful, they are also seductively textured before culminating in an explosive yet impeccably well-balanced finish. As is usually the case, this is a big but refined Montrachet that will require a full decade plus to arrive at its full maturity. Jun 2016, www.burghound.com, Drink: 2026+

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92

The 2014 Le Montrachet Grand Cru, which spent 12 to 13 months in French oak barrels with a modest 15% new oak, has a broodier bouquet compared to the Chevalier-Montrachet--flint and smoke aromas, accompanied by a faint marine influence. The palate is well balanced with decent weight in the mouth, a Le Montrachet that is "correct" but does not seem to want to put its neck on the line, unlike the Meursaults from Bouchard. Perhaps it is holding something back for the future? Jan 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2018-2032

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92-95

(just finished its malo): Clove, flowers, iodine, crushed stone, sea salt, spearmint and lavender on the high-pitched nose. Utterly silky and fine-grained but more restrained today than the Cabottes. Perhaps a bit less complex on the palate in the early going than the Chevalier-Montrachet but already shows strong stony minerality. The superb, very smooth finish builds impressively and lingers. Sep 2015, www.vinous.com

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98

The Montrachet 2014 from Bouchard is one of the very best whites I have tasted … this is what I wrote when I tasted it from cask in November .. and this is still the case tasted from bottle. A both mighty and refined Montrachet offering all the beautiful qualities of the 2014 vintage. It’s made from a plot on the Puligny side of Montrachet vineyard on the border to the Chassagne appellation. The bouquet is delicate and complex with refined citrus driven white fruit offering tremendous detail and depth with the filigree and very intense minerality beneath the fruit. On the palate vinous and intense yet very refined thus reflecting the Puligny side of Montrachet … offering a generous midpalate fruit – magnificent depth and length with a perfect balance and purity. Extraordinary in the true sense of the word. Jun 2016, www.winehog.org, Drink: 2032+

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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