Bouchard Père & Fils - 'Beaune du Château' - 1er Cru

91 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
Bouchard Pere & Fils - 'Beaune du Château' - 1er Cru - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Bouchard Père & Fils - 'Beaune du Château' - 1er Cru

91 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
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There are 55,000 bottles of the 2019 Beaune 1er Cru du Château, a medium to full-bodied, velvety wine evocative of cherries, smoky plums, spices and dark chocolate. Charming and perfumed, it's an elegant wine that gets my nod as the finest Beaune du Château for some time.
Opening in the glass with notes of cherries, plums, spices and rose petals, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru du Château is medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with a generous core of succulent fruit, powdery tannins and a nicely defined finish.
Aromas of smoky cherries and cassis introduce the 2017 Beaune 1er Cru du Château, a medium to full-bodied, ample and succulent wine with a generous core of fruit that largely conceals its chewy tannins. Simple but nicely balanced, it should drink well young.
The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Du Château has a perfumed bouquet with rose petal scents filtering through the red cherry and wild strawberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, showing some tightness toward the finish and perhaps without the same flow as the Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières.
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Du Château comes from 17 different premier crus that are aged in barrel separately. It is a cuvée that debuted way back in 1907. It has an elegant bouquet that demands a little encouragement in the glass, black cherry intermixed with redcurrant, blood orange and even a smudge of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that lend this a masculine personality, a little hardness that should be addressed after racking, though it needs to develop more persistence on the finish. Not bad overall though.
The Beaune du Château, raised in 35 to 40% new oak, has a nicely controlled bouquet with dark, slightly earthy fruit. The palate is quite tannic on the entry with dark berry fruit, uncomplicated and a little rustic, but at least there is some freshness toward the conservative finish. Unexciting perhaps, but you might still finish the bottle.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Côte de Beaune
Producer:
Bouchard Pere & Fils
Grapes/Blend:
Pinot Noir
Pairing Sugesstions:
Duck, Chicken, Lamb, Charcuterie and Cured Meats, Fresh Herbs and Aromatic Dishes, Pasta Dishes, Salads, Brie, Manchego
Style:
Premier Cru

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During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale. Joseph’s son, Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard, seized the opportunity to extend the family’s vineyard holdings in Beaune including the famous “Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus.”

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