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Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambolle-Musigny 2014

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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.

Côte de Nuits Village level bottling from Chambolle-Musigny sites covering a 93Ha area. Limestone and clay soils, with the soil generally quite shallow often just covering the rock. Some fruit purchased from independent growers, adhering to strict quality criteria of the Domaine.

The 2014 vintage for red Burgundy began with a mild winter, and was followed by an unusually cool summer with fruit hanging into September to achieve ripeness. Many excellent wines produced, but a far from easy vintage for producers. Wines are generally lighter.

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.

Chambolle-Musigny 2014 shows an expressive nose developing red berry notes and a light oaky hint. Tender and delicate, with an elegant structure, this is a wine with a lot of charm. Good ageing potential.

Pair with ribs, roast lamb.

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