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Bouchard Père et Fils Vosne-Romanée 2014
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
"Here too there is prominent wood and menthol present on the markedly spicier nose of red currant, raspberry, black cherry and a hint of anise. There is a supple and appealingly silky texture to the mid-palate thanks to the notably fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a seductive finale. This is very Vosne in style but as pretty as this is it doesn't quite have the overall depth of the Chambolle." - Allen Meadows, Burghound
10 to 12 months in French oak barrels, with 25 to 30 % new oak
Vineyards & vinification:
The grapes come from the Domaine or through purchase contracts. Bouchard Pere & Fils works in a spirit of close collaboration with its partners, to obtain a harvest that respects its quality requirements.
Over time, by acquiring various terroirs with great care and patience, Bouchard Père & Fils has built up the biggest domaine in the Côte d’Or. Today the estate boasts 130 hectares of vines, of which 12 are classed grand cru and 74 classed as premier cru. Since 1995 it has been another horse in the Maison Henriot stable, along with Villa Ponciago and William Févre. Although no longer family owned, its history runs all the way back to 1731 and thanks to the Henriot purchase in 1995 has been restored to its former glory.
Bouchard Père & Fils is an example of unique Burgundy heritage, offering great diversity and a series of prestigious appellations: Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Beaune Greves Vignes de l’Enfant Jésus, Bonnes-Mares, Meursault Perrières … names that resonate with history, inspiring respect and encouraging the pursuit of excellence.
Bouchard’s range of wine is absolutely enormous. They own 22 different parcels, from which they produce their own Bouchard-grown wines. A further range is made from grapes bought in, a practice that has been in place since the estate first became a négociant in the early 18th century.
Since 1978, the cellar has been run by Phillipe Prost. After the injection of capital that came with the Henriot purchase, a refurbishment to modernise the cellar was made. It has now been converted to complete gravity-flow, the amount of new oak increased, and smaller fermentation tanks put in place.
These smaller tanks may sound counter-intuitive, but they allow Prost to vinify his grapes at their optimum ripeness. Previously use was made of 200 hl tanks, which meant large harvests were needed in order to fill it - meaning grapes left the vine before truly ready. Given the large variations and locations of their parcels, these smaller vinifications allow for the true character of the different terroirs to shine through.
Bouchard Père et Fils although a large domaine, is producing some of the finest white wines in the Côte D’Or, and don’t discount their top end reds either. In 2012 Bouchard assisted us in purchasing a barrel of wine at the Hospices de Beaune auction. What an experience it was, and the barrel of Volnay we walked away with was pretty tasty.