2012 Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot

Bouchard Pere & Fils


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Average Score 88.0

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
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+

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