Source: The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: Published: Oct 15, 2020 (RP-93)
Revisited from bottle, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus is showing very well, unfurling in the glass with a brooding bouquet of dark berry fruit, ripe cherries, warm spices, baking chocolate and subtle soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, deep and muscular, it’s rich and powerful, with ripe tannins and a voluminous core of fruit, concluding with a long, heady finish. When I tasted this wine from barrel, Bouchard’s Frédéric Weber observed that analytically this 2018 is very similar indeed to the 1947 vintage of l’Enfant Jesus, and in its controlled but overt ripeness the analogy seems even more obvious from bottle.
Drink Date: 2028 – 2050
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: November 5, 2020 (JS-94)
A rich, creamy-textured red with ripe strawberry, chocolate, stone, and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s full and layered with attractive fruit and lightly chewy yet polished tannins. Flavorful finish. Subtle, yet structured. Try after 2022.
T A S T I N G
TASTING NOTE: Superb fruit and spice aromas with an oaky note on the nose. Intense, full and yet delicate on the palate, the wine has a charming velvetiness. Very good ageing potential.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING: Game birds, fattened chicken in cream sauce, Burgundian cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Between 17C to 18C
AGEING POTENTIAL: 7 to 10 years and more
K N O W – H O W
HARVEST: manual, in small cases of 13 kg. Careful manual sorting of each grape.
VINIFICATION: Following total or partial destemming on the vintage, fermentation in small containers, gentle pressing ensure optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, vatting lasts 15 to 20 days.
MATURING: 12 to 14 months in French oak, with 30 to 50% new oak.
AGEING: The cellars of the Bastions of the ancient Ch?teau de Beaune offer natural ambient conditions that are perfectly adapted to ageing the Premiers Crus.
V I N E Y A R D
GRAPE VARIETY: Pinot Noir
SOIL OF THE APPELLATION: Limestone and clay, sandy and gravelly
DOMAIN SURFACE IN PRODUCTION: 3.92 hectares