2013 Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (Domaine)

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 95
Burghound: 93-95
Fine Wine Review: 92-96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$279.95

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"The core of sweet fruit and the dense structure reveal this red's potential. Macerated cherry, raspberry, oak spice and graphite flavors ride the tannins to the long, tensile finish. Best from 2019 through 2034. 50 cases imported.–BS" (WS)

"The 2013 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is showing beautifully, bursting from the glass with a maturing bouquet of wild berries, blood orange, black truffles, spices and rich forest floor. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad and enveloping, with melting tannins, a generous core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. In keeping with the vintage—which was characterized by long hang time but cool conditions—it's a Clos de Bèze that displays mature, even autumnal fruit tones as well as tangy acids, making for a wine that's simultaneously supple and penetrating. The finest of these cellar selections from Bouchard, this will drink well for a decade.

This small report looks at five wines from the 2013 vintage that Bouchard Père & Fils is releasing direct from their cellars as part of their "Cellar Selections" program. A challenging growing season and a late harvest made 2013 complicated for growers, but producers who sorted rigorously made beautiful wines that tend to be a little underrated today. Extended hang time (closer to 110 days than the "classic" 100) made for perfectly mature, powdery phenolics despite the racy acids that were preserved by the cool growing season, and the late harvest seems to have lent the wines what is best described as elegantly degraded, autumnal fruit tones that are very appealing—partly because vintages of this style, once commonplace, have become decidedly rare in the last decade. The 2013 vintage is also quite appealing for white Burgundy, with the caveat that some of the wines show the influence of botrytis, something that tends to be polarizing. These releases from Bouchard are quite typical of the style of the vintage, and they're showing well today, though there is no urgency to drink them up." (WA)

"Medium red. Exotic candied raspberry, game, rose petal and crushed stone on the come-hither nose. Delivers outstanding clarity of flavor without any hard edges, with the red berry and mineral flavors lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully refined and alive in the middle palate. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding building vibrant length. A prime example of an impeccably balanced 2013 that's not a fleshpot." (VM)

"Interestingly this is not quite as ripe as the Chapelle though it is notably spicier with its expressive nose of menthol, various red berries and earth. There is excellent intensity, punch and minerality to the large-scaled flavors that possess markedly better depth, particularly on the explosively long and beautifully well-balanced finale. This is wonderfully rich yet there is a certain reserve and a firm tannic spine that suggest that this should age effortlessly." (BH)

"The nose is closed on the Clos-de-Bèze, but the mouth shows dark and red fruits with nervosity and, as one would expect, more body than the Chapelle-Chambertin. The wine also shows excellent concentration and depth. As impressed as I am by it, I get the feeling that the wine may not be showing at its best today, and therefore may be even better than I perceive it on this occasion. (1/11/15)" (FWR)

Winery Notes:
“For me, the Chambertin Clos de-Bèze 2013 is like a diamond-it has faces and faces of complexity and expression. The palate is so delicate at the beginning-fruit, spiciness, no oaky flavor or toast, and then it keeps on unraveling and giving! The aging is what gives this wine the silky definition of the tannins. It is ripe, well-balanced, and ready to drink!” -Philippe Prost, Emeritus Winemaker