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Bouchard Pere et Fils Monthelie 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 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.

Bouchard vineyards are a total surface area of 5.94 hectares with soils of limestone and clay, predominantly clay. Plots have varying expositions from East to South West.

The 2013 vintage delivered wines with light tannins and light acidity in a fresher style, rather than wines of great concentration and complexity. Generally less scope for long ageing.

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.

This 2013 village bottling possesses rich aromas of different berry fruits. Perfumed and willowy on the palate, the wine expresses a delicate softness. Very enjoyable.

Pair with poultry, game.

Ageing potential of 5 years +