2012 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Bouchard Pere & Fils

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Average critic rating : 87.75 points



Very generous oak fights with the otherwise pretty and overtly spicy aromas of cassis, menthol and sandalwood. There is fine volume and mid-palate concentration to the extract-rich medium weight flavors that coat the palate. I like the verve and volume and this is very Vosne in basic character but this will need to add depth in bottle to realize the upper end of my predicted range. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2020+



The 2012 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots is the only Bouchard wine not vinified in their own facility. It has open-knit brambly red berry fruit on the nose with a slight gravel scent. It is missing the exuberance of a typical Suchots wine. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red berry fruit, although there is just a touch of heat on the finish. This is a slightly perplexing wine at the moment. ||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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