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Bouchard Pere & Fils 'Beaune du Chateau' Beaune Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune 2015

Established in 1731 and family run up until 1995 when the company was sold to Champagne house, Henriot. This change of hands heralded a review of the entire Bouchard portfolio, with a keen eye trained upon quality and how to raise standards and the building of an impressive new winemaking facility in 2005. Steps included declassification of a number of Grand Cru stocks which were felt not to be good enough. And so this domaine, after enduring a declining reputation in the pre-sale 1990's, has now seen its reputation restored by Henriot and moves forwards with confidence.

Vineyard holdings comprise 130 hectares, including 12ha of grand crus and 74ha of premier crus, making it the largest domaine in the Cote d'Or.

The 'Beaune du Chateau' 1er Cru red bottling was first produced in 1907. 100% Pinot Noir.

The quality of the 2015 vintage for red Burgundy is seen as being very good, with lots of concentration and energy in the wines. Warm weather and allowed for ample ripeness and timely harvest.

Fruit is manually harvested and carefully sorted from sites with pebbly, marl/limestone soils over a 26Ha area from a total of 17 Premier Cru plots. Following total or partial destemming of the fruit depending on vintage, fermentation in completed in small containers, and a gentle pressing carried out to ensure optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, vatting lasts 15 to 18 days.

Then 12 to 14 months in French oak, with 25 to 35% new oak.

'Beaune du Chateau' Beaune Premier Cru 2015 is dark garnet in colour. Complex bouquet with perfume of jammy red fruit, fig, peony with a hint of chocolate. Harmonious and deep palate, with dense but fine tannins.

Aging potential of between 5-7 years.

Pair with meat dishes in white sauce, poultry.

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