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’.
A more subtle though hardly invisible application of wood surrounds aromas of red and dark raspberry, violet, rose petal and menthol nuances. Here too there is a lovely sense of verve and detail to the solidly stony larger-scaled flavors that, in much the same fashion as the Taillepieds, conclude in a chiseled and admirably persistent finish. This is clearly built for the very long-term and is a wine that will need at least some patience to unwind and develop more overall depth.Tasted: April 2020; Drink: 2033+; Issue: 78; Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding; Rating: 92 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens reveals an incipiently complex bouquet of cherries, red berries, licorice, espresso roast and forest floor. It has a medium to full-bodied and ripe but succulent palate that's muscular and enveloping, with its generous core of fruit partially concealing a firm chassis of tannin. This, like the Pezerolles that preceded it, will demand some bottle age. Tasted: Jan 2020; Drink: NA; Rating: 91-93+ Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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