2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves 1er Cru "Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is a touch of green tea to the gamey and overtly sauvage aromas of dark berry fruit, plum and floral hints. Like the Teurons there is a really lovely mouth feel to the intense, detailed and refined medium-bodied flavors that possess good if not exceptional volume by the standards of this wine. There is impressive depth and sneaky length to the finish as it almost dies out only to recommence. Good stuff but note that patience will be required.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, deep red. Black fruits, dark chocolate, menthol and spicy oak on the nose and palate. At once plush and vibrant, with a stony note contributing grip. Quite concentrated for this cuvee, which is usually more delicate. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lovely length.
The Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus put it all together with a beautiful nose, rich cherry, currant and mineral notes, an intense yet refined red, harmonious and long.
12-15 months in oak, about 30-50% new. Mid crimson. More spicy and less immediately perfumed than the Clos de la Mousse. Refined, fairly slight, a little dry and light on the finish.
As it so often does, this impresses. It shows a brilliant color, a hint of stems on the nose, red and black fruit notes, a long and elegant rpfile and terrific richness. It is a bit of surprise in this vintage. Where this is often lighter and more delicate, in 2011 it packs quite a punch. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)