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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 Pommard 1er Cru les Rugiens has quite a lively, vivacious bouquet compared to the Volnay Caillerets at the moment: nicely defined with good minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, succulent tannins, plenty of cranberry and blackberry fruit with a rustic, spicy, chewy finish that lacks a little persistence. Otherwise this will be fine once it is in bottle. Rating 87-89 Points; Drink: 2017-2025; Date: Dec 2014; Neil Martin - #216

Though the wood treatment is by no means invisible it is more subtle and allows the pretty, indeed even elegant, cool and restrained array of red and dark berries, earth, spice and floral scents. There is fine delineation and a lovely sense of energy to the overtly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors where the mid-palate is more supple than usual though the usual firmness of the chiseled finish arrives right at the end. This appears to have excellent potential though note well that at least some patience will be required. Score: 90-93 Points; Tasted: June 2015; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 58; Sweet Spot Outstanding;  Allen Meadows - Burghound


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