2015 Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Vigne de L' Enfant Jesus 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 91-94
Burghound: 92-94
Red Wine
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DUE IN: SEPTEMBER 2017

"Lush and vibrant, exuding cherry and blueberry flavors, this ripe red is inviting yet deceptive in terms of structure. The tannins are wrapped in flesh and fruit for now, but should provide support over the next 10 to 15 years. Best from 2020 through 2033. -B.S." (WS)

"The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus comes from sandier soil than elsewhere in Beaune Grèves and therefore tends to be picked earlier. This blend contains around 30% whole cluster fruit. It has a clean and fresh bouquet with red plum, mulberry and cranberry aromas that have more brightness than some of Bouchard Père's other red 2015 barrel samples. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well judged acidity, plenty of red fruit mixed with honey, hints of marmalade, quite exotic for this vineyard, but with everything kept in proportion. This should develop into a fine red Burgundy.

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 ruby-red. Liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of purple fruits, bitter chocolate and cotton candy; smells very concentrated. Plush and large-scaled, displaying outstanding density and a seriously mouthfilling quality to its dark cherry and dark chocolate flavors. A very tactile, broad Beaune wine with a finish that's ripely tannic and very long--and not at all over the top. The best of an impressive set of Beaune premier crus in 2015." (VM)

"A discreet though not invisible application of wood sets off highly complex aromas of plum liqueur and a wide range of floral elements that are trimmed in soft spice and earth notes. There is outstanding richness to the full-bodied and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive, even caressing mouth feel before concluding in a decidedly firm, well-balanced and slightly austere finish. This is very clearly built-to-age and should mature slowly over the next 12 to 15 years. Very impressive." (BH)