2005 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves 1er Cru "Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Sweet Spot Outstanding* A distinctly more elegant and higher-toned nose introduces rich, full, pliant and refined flavors that possess outstanding depth on the ripe, balanced, pure and sublimely harmonious finish. A terrific Beaune and highly recommended.
Aromatic, with spicy oak marking the flavors. Underneath lies cherry, currant and raspberry notes, with a nod to mineral. Taut and lean, with a slightly chewy texture. Fine length.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, mocha, spices and minerals complemented by sexy oak tones. At once suave and serious, with a lush, seamless texture and excellent lift and tang to its red fruit, mineral and spice flavors. Lovely tangy, complex Beaune wine with a weightless quality and a subtle emerging note of leather. The wine's firm, perfectly integrated tannins should ensure an extended life in bottle. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Such is Bouchard’s pride in their 2005 Beaune Greves Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus and the monopole in which it grew, that they presented this wine at the end of my tasting, following even the very tough (or rather, class) act of a Clos de Beze. Raspberry and strawberry preserves, wood smoke, and roasted meats dominate the nose and palate. There is no lack of stuffing, but also a silky texture and impressive refinement, leading to a satisfying finish that slights neither animal, mineral, nor fruit. (DS)
Mid ruby. Very pale rim. Edgy damson jam on the nose. A really satisfying mouthful of fruit with, for the first time, just a suggestion of oak. Masses of (slightly illicit) pleasure from this wine with some polished tannins in the background. Something a bit feral about this – quite evolved. Powder-puff sensation. Long.
90-92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Baby Jesus will be satisfied with this excellent Beaune. A complex nose of raspberry, cherry, hedgerow and a touch of spice. Lively and entrancing. The palate had fine concentration and acidity, good balance, real depth and good grip. Succulent red fruits on the finish, which still has a little unresolved oak. Great potential. Excellent. Tasted January 2007."