Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 2017 'Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus', Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru, Burgundy, France - DECANTsf

Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 2017 'Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus', Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

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Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 2017 'Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus', Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

  • Winemaker | Frédéric Weber
  • Farming | Sustainable with Organic Practices
  • Variety | Pinot Noir
  • Terroir | East-Southeast exposure on Limestone and clay, sandy and gravelly soils.
  • Vinification | Hand harvested, hand-sorted. Following total or partial destemming on the vintage, fermentation in small containers, gentle pressing ensure optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, vatting lasts 15 to 20 days.
  • Aging | 12 to 14 months in French oak, with 30 to 50% new oak. The cellars of the Bastions of the ancient Château de Beaune offer natural ambient conditions that are perfectly adapted to ageing the Premiers Crus.
  • Tasting Note | Superb fruit and spice aromas with an oaky note on the nose. Intense, full andyet delicate on the palate, the wine has a charming velvetiness. Very good ageing potential.
  • Scores | 92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 Points Burghound

From 2021 Q2 Serious Inquiries Only bottle club notes:

Dme. Bouchard Père & Fils  | ‘Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus’ |  Beaune, France | 2017

Domaine Bouchard is absolutely one of Burgundy’s most historic domaines, first established by Michel Bouchard in 1731 and their first Volnay holdings  in 1775. For over nine generations, the family has stood through World Wars, the French Revolution, Nazi occupation, imprisonment, depressions, recessions, hail, frost and more. Today, Domaine Bouchard is considered one of the most commercially successful wineries in the region, with over 130 hectares of vines, of which 12 are classed Grand Cru and 74 classed as Premier Cru.  With great holdings comes great responsibility to utmost quality, as the reputation of 290-year old  Bourchard is the reputation of Burgundy. 

Today, the Domaine holds four monopoles (vineyards owned, grown, and bottled by a single Domaine). The most famous of Bouchard’s monopoles is without a doubt Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus or “Vineyard of the Child Jesus”, a premier cru Pinot Noir plot located within the vineyard of Beaune-Greves. The name refers to an old story: it is said that Marguerite du Saint Sacrement, the founding Carmelite of the Domestiques de la famille du Saint Enfant Jésus, predicted the birth of King Louis XIV although his mother was assumed sterile at age 37. On the birth of the future Roi Soleil, this exceptional vineyard (then owned by the Carmelites) took on the name Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus. During the French Revolution, all Church property was seized by the National Assembly and sold to the public in 1791. Bouchard Père & Fils put in a bid for the vineyard and won.

As a Premier Cru site, wines from this vineyard don’t need the extensive cellaring some Grand Crus do. After fermentation, the wine is aged 12-14 months in up to 50% new French oak, bringing natural structure and vanilla-tinted aromas. After 7-10 years of lying down, ‘Baby Jesus’ (as Somms like to call it) can be soft, red fruited and just slightly earthy, throwing hints of moist tobacco, wet clay and woodsy mushrooms. It pairs impeccably with any kind of poultry (duck, quail, rich chicken dishes). If you find yourself impatient, 2017 is a rather generous vintage, so a couple of hours of decanting will also help you bring out the more delicious notes of this bottling in its youth. 

— Simi Grewal


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