2005 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves 1er Cru "Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus"

SKU #1113652 93 points 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.  (4/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2008)

92 points 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)  (4/2008)

90 points 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)  (6/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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Burgundy

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