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2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot"

SKU #1114833 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Proust noted that hail damage ruined about 15% of the crop but that Bouchard took no chances and declassified about 50% of the total. Relatively strong reduction dominates the nose though there is ample body and richness to the suave yet precise flavors that exude a fine minerality on the very ripe finish that offers excellent volume if less complexity than usual. This is also extremely ripe and some, including me, will likely find it to be a bit too much so. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red. Subdued but pure aromas of black cherry, minerals and sweet oak spices. Rich, round and sweet, but with good menthol reserve to its black cherry and spice flavors. This distinctly spherical wine will require at least four or five years to harmonize its faint finishing tartness. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Spice and mocha, sweet toasty oak (60-80% new) over dark peppery fruit. Fine balance between density and freshness. Supple and spicy. Tannins add freshness too. Lingers. (JH) Inner quote mark (1/2011)

K&L Notes

Allen Meadows of Burghound adds: "Christophe Bouchard and Philippe Prost, Bouchard's managing director and winemaker respectively, noted that 2009 'is not as easy to pigeon-hole as some people seem to believe. It's of course natural to believe that each vintage has a unique character and as such, it becomes easier to discuss the wines of that vintage as though they all resembled each other due to these shared characteristics. But that's not the necessarily the case with 2009 because there were, in a sense, two flowerings, one early and one late depending on the sector in question. Because of this, you could easily have surmaturité in the precocious sectors and better balanced wines, especially from an acidity standpoint in later maturing sectors. The early terroirs are almost easy with very generous and round characters whereas the late maturing terroirs are much more classic... That said, we really like the quality of the tannins in '09 and believe that there will be some very special wines in time.'" (6/2011)

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