91 Insider Points
"Very Good," Wine Spectator
A blast of blackberry and cassis, along with firm, ripe tannins, in a straightforward way. Moderate length. Drink now through 2012. 100 cases made. -WS
This is very pretty Burgundy from a somewhat controversial year. Bouchard always believes in picking their fruit early due to their belief that acidity is crucial in making fine, ageable Pinot Noir, In 2003, probably the hottest year on record in Burgundy, the harvest happened in mid-August, fully 3 weeks earlier than usual. The results were very good, with talented winemakers producing some big, ripe wines with great depth.
This wine is one of those. Fairly rich, with loads of blackberry and cassis showing in the nose. The wine is elegant in the mouth, with layers of red fruits, spices and some very Burgundian earthy notes that linger into the finish. Supple and soft, there's plenty of life in this one. This will last for another 10 years, easily. -PM
Because micro, production Burgundian Pinot is unsurpassably fantastic; for its ethereal aromatics, ripe red berry notes and essence of sweet black cherries, and firm (but never obtrusive) body and tannins... (oh, and because it's not to be found anywhere else within the United States).
Brought straight to Members from its source in the heart of Côte d’Or, this is 100% Pinot Noir our Panel could only describe as "harmonious... a wonderful expression of Burgundian terroir." A wine with superb concentration (AKA über powerful and refined), it comes from 5 acres of land near the village of Fixin in the Côte de Nuits, brought stateside to Members seeking exceptional (wholesale) access.
Inside Fact: Charmots is a Premier Cru vineyard just above Les Grands Epenots, on the same band of elevation as its near neighbor, Beaune Clos des Mouches. Like that vineyard, with some bottle age this site develops classic violet floral notes on the nose.
Dark ruby with violet hints; on the nose, slightly rustic, spices and woody flavours, red fruit brandy (kirsch). Full, racy, and chewy on the palate, with firm tannins, marked by the terroir.
When Michel Bouchard settled in Burgundy in 1731 to set up a flourishing business in the fabric trade followed by branching out to become a wine broker, he laid down the family’s Burgundian roots. In 1750, his eldest son, Joseph, joined him in his venture, reaffirming the presence of the Bouchards in the Côte d’Or. Working closely with local winegrowers, they developed a unique form of expertise, and created the profession of négociant-winemaker-cellarer.
For over two centuries, the House of Bouchard Aîné & Fils has had as its mission an unyielding quest for perfection in quality, authenticity of style, the prestige that lies in a name, and perfect mastery of grape selection, winemaking and ageing. The first négociants came into being at the beginning of the 18th century to meet the demand of French and Flemish clients in particular; this was the beginning of the development of international trade.
Charolais beef rib, or hare to match with the powerful and woody taste of this wine.