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Bouchard Pere & Fils Marconnets, Beaune Premier Cru 2010

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.

Bouchard has owned vineyards here since 1791 and today harvests from 2.32 hectares situated at the northernmost point. Soils more clay than limestone, with marly outcrops in the middle of the slope. Orientation of South East.

Despite difficult growing conditions – frost, hail - cool summer preserved acidity and led to some exceptional wines. 2010 is regarded as a classic vintage.

Fruit is manually harvested. Following total or partial destemming, fermentation is carried out in small containers, with gentle pressing to ensure optimal vinification. Vatting lasted between 15 to 18 days.

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

Les Marconnets, Beaune Premier Cru 2010 shows fruit aromas combined with a musky note and a delicate oaky hint on the nose. Firm and well-built, this wine is both full-bodied and elegant, giving it all its personality. Good ageing potential.

Pair with Game, red meat dishes in sauce, hard cheeses

Ageing potential of 7 to 10 years +

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