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Bouchard Pere & Fils Les Duresses, Monthelie Premier Cru 2011

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 village of Monthelie is best known for its red wines a little firmer in structure than Volnay and of particular interest in perfect summers when the grapes can ripen fully. Situated between more famous – and more costly neighbours - Volnay and Mersault.

"Les Duresses" spreads over the villages of Auxey-Duresses where it is the prize vineyard and Monthélie. A highly regarded Premiers Cru site. The vineyard area for this bottling is a total of 1.72Ha. Exposition of South-South East with soils of imestone and clay, marly and gravelly soil. It is often harvested a little later than other Bouchard sites.

The 2011 vintage for red Burgundy whilst subject to challenging weather conditions has produced good wines, comparisons made with the fresh, light 2002 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 Duresses, Monthelie Premier Cru 2011 posesses rich, varied aromas of berry fruit on the nose. On the palate, a charming ensemble with both structure and roundness. Good ageing potential.

Pair with Poultry, game birds such as quail, pigeon.

Aging potential of 7 years +.

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