2012 Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Bouchard Pere & Fils

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



A judicious dose of wood serves as a discreet background for the essence of dark raspberry, cherry and soft earth aromas. There is fine concentration to the intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors that culminate in a mildly drying finish as it strikes me that the underlying tannins lack just the last 5 to 10% of phenolic maturity. It's of course possible that this will harmonize in time but I have my doubts and as a result I have shortened my suggested drinking window because if I am correct about the lack of complete maturity, the dryness will only become more apparent with time in bottle. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2016+



Hail destroyed most of Bouchard Pere’s Volnays, for example, there are only 400 liters of the Clos des Chenes that will be for private use. Still, there is a 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot that has a perfumed bouquet with blackberry, iodine and plenty of crushed violets, which Philippe Prost mentioned are typical from this plot. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins. The acidity is nicely judged and there is a gentle grip in the mouth. Solid and dense toward the finish, this is a solid, masculine Volnay that has the linearity of a Pommard. Drink 2016-2026+ ||Although I tasted the wines of this Burgundy grand maison in London, I spent a morning with winemaker Philippe Prost to go through at least part of their large portfolio to get an insight into Bouchard Pere & Fils. Ever since Michel Bouchard established the house in 1731, it has been a permanent fixture in Burgundy, surviving seizure by the State after the Revolution, phylloxera, two World Wars and periods when the world simply was uninterested in Burgundy. Today they own 130 hectares of vines, more than any Bordeaux chateau, including 12 grand crus and 74 premier crus. Wine Advocate.February, 2014

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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