2007 Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves 1er Cru "L'Enfant Jesus"(1.5L)

SKU #1330383 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is a big step up in aromatic complexity if not aromatic elegance with cool and very fresh red and dark berry fruit, earth, stone and animale nose that precedes delicious, round and generous flavors that possess equally good depth on the intense, mouth coating and superbly long finish. This is a wine of harmony with a sense of completeness about it that gives it a Zen-like feel.  (4/2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Burley tobacco, beef bouillon, smoky, Lapsang-like black tea, and sweetly ripe red fruits scent the Bouchard 2007 Beaune Greves L’Enfant Jesus. Alkaline, medicinal-herbal, and gamey notes all emerge on airing, and join the aforementioned elements on a palate of polished texture and sappy, bittersweet concentration. This clings for formidable intensity and persistence, and I would plan to follow it for at least the better part of a decade. (DS)  (6/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red with a pale rim. Captivating nose combines strawberry, cherry, dried flowers, minerals, smoke and underbrush. A step up in intensity and life over the Beaune du Ch a teau, but still a very smooth and pliant style in the nature of the vintage. Offers a good combination of stuffing and energy and finishes broad and sweet, with fine tannins and lingering spiciness.  (3/2010)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 One of Bouchard's signature wines, this is beautifully textured, a series of bright fruits, strawberries and sweet acidity. There are tannins, but this is lighter than in some vintages, a wine for short-term aging.  (7/2010)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This grows on a relatively steep 9.8-acre vineyard, once owned by an order of Carmelite nuns and purchased by the Bouchard family in 1791. It's a wine that often needs ten years of age to show its best: The 2007 is firm, its tart cherry fruit supported by oak and the vintage's insistent acidity. Finely integrated, the wine finishes with creamy softness. Hold onto it.  (9/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A silky texture guides the cherry, smoke and licorice notes in this dense, sinewy red. Its vibrant structure provides the means for aging over the next decade. Lingering spicy finish. Best from 2012 through 2020.  (2/2010)

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