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Bouchard Pere & Fils 'Beaune du Chateau' Beaune Premier Cru Blanc, Cote de Beaune 2013

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 vineyard for this wine is over 9.92 hectares with vines on an east-southeast exposition. Soils are of limestone, clay and marl with varying proportions according to each parcel.

Harvest is carried out manually. Ageing of 9 to 10 months in French oak (up to 15% new oak depending on the vintage).

Pale gold colour with green shades. The nose is expresses white fleshy fruit, candied citrus aromas with a hint of brioche and ginger bread. The palette shows richness, subtle oak, dried fruits.

Drink now or ageing potential 5 years and more.

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