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 naturally exotic nose freely offers up notes of spiced tea, matchstick, citrus and white orchard fruit. The generous if not lush medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality onto the sappy, refined, focused and lingering finish. This classy effort is more forward than it usually is and should be approachable early on. Tasted: Jun 19; Drink: 2023+; Issue: 75; Comments: Sweet Spot Outstanding; Rating 92 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
Youthfully reticent aromas of crisp Anjou pear, blanched almonds, Meyer lemon and hints of praline introduce the 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières, a medium to full-bodied, deep and tensile wine that's impressively concentrated and nicely defined. This confirms its strong showing from barrel; indeed, the wine has gained in tension since I tasted it in December. While it's a little shut down after its recent bottling, it should drink very well with a bit of bottle age. Tasted: April 19; Drink: 2022-2040; Rating: 93 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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