2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru "Clos de la Mousse" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Outstanding! An exceptionally pretty and perfumed nose of both red and dark pinot fruit, earth and spice hints precedes attractively rich, silky and delicious flavors that possess a lilting mouth feel on the long, focused and balanced finish. There is good phenolic maturity and ample dry extract and I would say that this is the best Clos de la Mousse since the outstanding 2003 version.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(these vines were picked first as the acidity level was dropping; tasted from tank): Bright, saturated dark red. Black cherry, wild herbs, licorice, mocha and spicy oak on the nose, along with a suggestion of dried berries. Sweet and full but with noteworthy sappiness to the red berry and cherry flavors. A ripe, sweet fruit bomb with round but firm tannins and lingering spices. These vines are planted along a north-south orientation, which protects them from the hottest midday sun.
The Beaune Clos de la Mousse is less forthcoming on the nose, but displays density in an elegant way, with concentrated fruit and a long finish. It's more square and compact than the Teurons.
From a wholly owned clos of just over 3 Hecatres, near Beaune Teurons.This has much redder fruit than the Les Avaux, extremely lovely fruit and a most elegant and focused style.Althoughtthere is lots of forward fruit here, it is in a lvoely state of balance, with elegant poise and charm. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)