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Burgundy – Pinot Noir Dreamland

Join us this Saturday, any time, to sample Pinot Noir at its most glorious. We’ll have a few bottles open for tasting, featuring Bouchard’s flagship 2012 Beaune Grèves L’Enfant Jésus.

L’Enfant Jésus comes solely from a plot of slightly under 10 acres in the Les Grèves climat of the Beaune commune. Les Grèves is considered one of the finest of the Beaune Premier Crus and Bouchard Père et Fils monopole of L’Enfant Jésus is further considered the best portion of Les Grèves. This is a cool, almost perpetually breezy site that is known for producing fruit that makes lush and velvety wine. In fact, Bouchard often presents this wine at the end of a tasting, following even their Grand Crus.

Bouchard has some of the choicest plots in Burgundy’s most coveted stretch of real estate, the Côte d’Or.  After Joseph Henriot acquired the company in the mid-1990s Bouchard quickly set about affirming their status as one of the top producers in the region.

Today, cellar master Philippe Prost presides over a remarkable new, gravity-fed winemaking facility enabling him to fashion all their wines with optimum efficiency and minimal handling. The grapes for L’Enfant Jésus are hand-picked and undergo a “ruthless” sorting operation to ensure only good fruit makes it into the finished wine. Aging is carried out for 10 to 18 months in French oak barrels. Filtering and fining, if done at all, is with a gentle hand. The result is a bright yet sappy wine with complex aromatics that speaks of the tiny plot of land whence it came.

We love it when French winemakers visit our shop and tell us that we have a selection of Burgundy (from diverse vintages, producers, and communes) that’s more impressive than anything they’ve ever seen. Even in France!

“Of all of France’s wine regions, Burgundy is the only one where minute geological nuance, sensually etched into human consciousness by centuries of winemaking and tasting, is given the force of law.” – Andrew Jefford

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Posted on 2014.12.18 in Burgundy, France, Saturday Sips

 

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