Source: January 2022 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 20th Jan 2022 (RP-92-94)
Unfurling in the glass with aromas of blackberries and raspberries mingled with notions of warm spices, rose petals, orange rind and dark chocolate, the 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus is medium to full-bodied, ample and concentrated, with a deep core of fruit that’s framed by rich, powdery tannins and succulent acids. It’s a terrific effort that should land toward the upper end of my score range.
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 (JS-94)
Still pretty closed, this is a concentrated and seriously structured wine for a Beaune 1er Cru, which has clearly been built for the long-term. However, its the pronounced, stony minerality that makes this exciting. Bold and still quite tight finish. From a 3.92-hectare plot in one of Beaune’s top sites. From organically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2024.
Source: Decanter.com, Tasted by Charles Curtis MW(at Burgundy, 10 Nov 2021) (D-95)
Bouchard has nearly four hectares of this, perhaps the greatest site in the Beaune appellation. On a modest slope with east-southeast exposure in the heart of the terroir, this has produced a sophisticated, elegant wine in 2020, fermenting out to barely 13.5% alcohol with a pH between 3.5?3.6. The fruit is supremely luxurious and lush, yet underscored with plenty of nuance of spice, smoke, earth, and leather. The texture is dense and powerful yet superbly elegant ? a triumph.
Drinking Window 2025 – 2050
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 17?C to 18?C
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.
GRAPE VARIETY: Pinot Noir
SOIL OF THE APPELATION: Limestone and clay, sandy and gravelly
DOMAIN SURFACE IN PRODUCTION: 3.92 hectares
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