2015 Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Cailleret Ancienne Cuvee Carnots 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 92-94
Burghound: 92-95
Red Wine
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"The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets "Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" would definitely be one of my picks from Bouchard Père this vintage. It has a lovely, expressive, terroir-driven bouquet with red cherry, crushed strawberry and wet limestone. There is impressive delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with caressing, supple tannin that belie the structure underneath. I like the energy, the frisson here and the length lingers in the mouth, a tang of orange peel and Moroccan spice on the aftertaste. This comes recommended - chapeau!

Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s most historical producers. To be honest, I have found some inconsistency in recent vintages and have not pulled any punches in previous reviews, nor this. On the other hand, I must commend them on delivering some surprisingly fine whites that surpassed my expectations and a cluster of delicious reds, in particular around the Beaune appellation. “Spring was very nice but the pressure of oïdium was high,” I was informed at the winery during my visit. “Flowering was quick and homogeneous, but the vines continued to suffer after the hail in previous years. August was very clement and we kept the leaves to prevent some grillure. The 50-60mm of rain just after flowering was very important and certainly kept the balance in the vineyard. There was sporadic rainfall to top on the vineyards at the end of each month. We started the harvest on 2 September and finished 13 September. It was important to harvest the white first to keep the acidity and in any case, the Pinot Noir was very healthy, therefore we did not have to use the sorting table. When we tasted the grapes, the skins were thick and it was easy to extract the color and tannin from the skin. I just did one punching down at the beginning of the cuvaison and after that it was more infusion. Malic acid was very low, 1 to 1.2-gm/L, but the 15mm rain at the of August had helped the tartaric acid. We didn't do any acidification during the fermentation. I don't like it because it makes it difficult to manage the balance.”" (WA)

"Bright, dark red; less saturated than the Taillepieds. Ripe aromas of black cherry, spices, minerals and chocolate, lifted by violet and white flowers. Dense, silky and seamless wine with mouthfilling dark berry and chocolate flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Not liqueur-like or at all roasted in spite of the site's rocky, poor soil and the very dry summer. In fact, Weber considers this to be one of the best wines of the 2015 vintage for Bouchard. Finishes very long, with refined tannins spreading out horizontally to saturate the palate. A wine of noteworthy finesse, this beauty fills the mouth without coming across as weighty." (VM)

"Here the generous wood treatment presently fights somewhat with the menthol, cassis, spice and essence of black cherry liqueur-suffused nose. There is a beguiling texture to the vibrant, detailed and intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering marvelous persistence on the very firmly structured finish. This is very definitely built-to-age and it's going to need it. I would add that this is unlikely to make an especially good candidate for early consumption so patience absolutely required." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Exquisite fruit and spice aromas. On the palate, perfect harmony between structure and elegance: rich, complex and voluptuous. Very good ageing potential.