2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves 1er Cru "Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus"

SKU #1063743 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus is a 10-acre parcel in the heart of the Grèves vineyard that once belonged to Carmelite nuns. This vintage, while marked by acidity and soft fruit, does have a firm edge of dark tannins, filled out with plum and red cherry flavors. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A cool, almost perpetually breezy site in a vintage of cool, wind-driven concentration, results in a buoyant, refreshing, penetrating personality. Bouchard’s flagship 2008 Beaune Greves L’Enfant Jesus displays the aromatic complexity of a tobacconist’s along with a wide assortment of mouthwateringly ripe red berries and bittersweet hints of citrus oil. Sappy and bright yet richly-textured, and palate-staining in its persistent intensity of tobacco and red fruit, citrus oils, soy, and mineral salts, this superbly conveys the vibrancy of which 2008 is so notably capable, while displaying a plush sense of substantiality and ultra-fine tannins that are less common this year. I would plan to follow it for 15 or more years. (DS)  (6/2010)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A superbly elegant red berry fruit nose that offers really striking depth and is the most complex among this group of Beaune 1ers is followed by detailed, minerally and utterly delicious yet entirely serious middle weight flavors that display an intense minerality on the perfectly balanced, long and harmonious finish. Indeed the harmony of this wine is such that I would describe it as having a Zen-like poise. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*  (4/2010)

89-92 points Vinous

 Good deep red-ruby. Expressive aromas of strawberry, redcurrant, minerals, tobacco and earth. Very rich, pliant and sweet, with deep redcurrant and tobacco flavors lingering impressively on the back end. This offers ideal ripeness, as there are neither the slightly dry notes of hail-affected C o te de Beaune wines nor the coolness of fruit that did not ripen properly. (ST)  (3/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A meaty, generous red, displaying cherry, licorice and iron flavors. There are dense tannins for support, and this follows through with a mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2020. (BS)  (9/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicate and fragrant with a light touch of oak spice. Already so silky and elegant. Really long. 17.5/20 points. (JH)  (1/2010)

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