Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 1er Cru 2013
Renowned and respected as one of the finest producers in Burgundy, Bouchard Père et Fils has truly become an institution, known for the exceptional quality of their wines and the diversity of its many vineyards. Founded in 1731, Bouchard Père et Fils has built up an estate of 130ha and, collectively, is the largest owner of Grand Crus (12ha) and Premier Crus (74ha) across the Côte d’Or Bouchard Père et Fils represents almost one hundred ‘climats’ or uniquely diverse vineyards, including prestigious monopoles such as ‘Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus’ and ‘Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte’.
The 2013 Beaune Greves Vignes de l’Enfant Jesus, a four-hectare monopole, was showing just a touch of reduction but there is satisfactory delineation on the nose with lifted blackberry and raspberry coulis scents nicely integrated with the oak. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with a keen line of acidity, exerting an insistent grip on the lightly spiced, soy-tinged finish that lends it a sense of masculinity. A case of nobility falling short. Rating 87-89 Points; Drink: 2016-2023; Date: Dec 2014; Neil Martin - eRobertParker.com #216
There is ample but again not dominating wood influence to the menthol, red and dark currant, earth and exotic tea scents. The attractively textured, intense and restrained medium weight flavors exhibit a lovely minerality on the ever-so-mildly austere finish where a barely perceptible hint of dryness creeps in. My range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will harmonize with a few years of age. Score: 89-92 Points; Tasted: June 2015; Drink: 2021+; Issue: 58; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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