2005 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes"

SKU #1144918 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 By contrast to the toast of the Taillepieds, here the wood is more deftly applied as it is seamlessly integrated on both the nose and the palate, particularly on the rich, full, sweet, intense and powerful flavors where the obvious muscle continues onto the less mineral-infused but with even more impressive raw material. This is flat out superb and it's remarkable just how different these two wines are from one another, yet the vineyards abut. *Sweet Spot - Outstanding*  (4/2007)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice, with a suggestion of cassis reduction. Densely packed but juicy and sharply delineated, with flavors of kirsch stone, bitter chocolate and licorice. Finishes scented and long, with firm tannins that are a bit sweeter than usual for this cuvee But this is a less elegant style than the Caillerets. Unless otherwise noted, all subsequent 2005 samples had not yet been racked in November. (ST)  (3/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Bouchard 2005 Volnay Clos des Chenes announces itself with site-typical black cherry and freshly grated ginger. This features bright, fresh, sweet fruit and chalky minerality in the manner of the Cuvee Carnot, but with greater generosity, admirable concentration and a luscious, persistently fresh-fruited, gingery finish. (DS)  (6/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Cask sample. Slightly lighter colour than the Caillerets. Cake spice and plums but still fresh. Plums and cherries on the palate, sweet and fresh. Delicious. More autumnal than the Caillerets. 18/20 points. (JH)  (1/2006)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.