red burgundy

Burgundy (Red)

Pinot Noir, grown on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, produces arguably the greatest red wines of the world. It is here more than in any other region that the skill of the traditional merchant is tested - the grand châteaux of Bordeaux with all their size and fame give way to a plethora of small, mainly family owned, domaines where vineyard, cellar and office work is all undertaken by members of the family, with perhaps a handful of employees at certain times of year. Of course there are big firms too - the famous négociants of Beaune and Nuit St Georges (Bouchard Père et Fils and Faiveley for example) - but here too, the greatest wines come from their own vineyards.

Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws, the pattern of vineyard ownership is constantly changing as land passes from generation to generation, and many domaines, though only a few hectares in size, may make as many as 15 or 20 different wines, often in miniscule quantities of a barrel or two. The system of labelling can also appear confusing as the wine takes its name from its appellation rather than (as in Bordeaux) from the producer. So although in the small print, the most important piece of information on a bottle of Burgundy is the name of the producer. In part for this reason, and in part because the wine is made from a single grape variety with therefore no possibility of adjusting blends where the strength of one variety can compensate for the weakness of another, the potential for disappointment is greater than is the case in Bordeaux.

When everything falls into place however, a truly great red Burgundy is a wonderful thing.




Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils

Bouchard Père et Fils is the largest vineyard owner of the Côte d'Or, with truly spectacular holdings in the Côte de Nuits and, more particularly, in the Côte de Beaune - where almost all the greatest sites are represented, all the way up to Chevalier and Montrachet.  The firm was founded in 1731, and has had its headquarters in the Château de Beaune, with its magnificent 15th centuray cellars, since 1820.  In 1995 the Bouchards were bought out by Joseph Henriot, whose family has been long-established in Champagne.  The house benefitted from much needed investment in the years which followed - some 30 additional hectares of vineyards were bought and, in 2005, the ultra modern winery came into operation, giving Philippe Prost and his winemaking team all they need to make some of Burgundy's finest wines.

 
Bouchard C's Ch de Beaune

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2016 Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils x 6
 2019-2026
 6 Bottles
£361.50
£450.00
 

White

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2015 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils x 6
 2019-2025
 6 Bottles
£687.00
£840.00
 
2015 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Magnums x 3
 2019-2025
 3 Magnums
£699.50
£855.00
 
2015 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils x 6
 2019-2025
 6 Bottles
£1,412.00
£1,710.00
"A slightly riper array is composed by notes of petrol, various white orchard fruit, spice and a hint of wood toast. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors exhibit ample minerality along with plenty of sappy dry extract while delivering excellent length on the impressively long finish where hints of lemon and mandarin orange surface. This is a Chevalier that should be approachable younger than usual yet the material is here to repay mid-term cellaring. 93" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils x 6
 2019-2025
 6 Bottles
£695.00
£850.20
 

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