Today the Burgundian wine domaine of Bouchard Pere et Fils can trace its origins back to 1731, though it is no longer family owned. In 1995 the Champagne house Joseph Henriot acquired the company and quality has risen as a consequence. Bouchard is led by Stéphane Follin Arbelet, while the wines are made by Philippe Prost - who has been with the company since 1978. An impressive gravity-flow winery on the Route de Savigny, the Cuvérie St Vincent, was completed in 2005 and enables them to process all their wines with optimum efficiency. Bouchard’s total holdings comprise 130 hectares, including 12ha of grand crus and 74ha of premier crus, which makes them the largest vineyard owners in the Côte d’Or.
What The Critics Say
90-92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, William Kelley
"The 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos Saint-Landry Blanc offers up aromas of Anjou pear, chamomile and fresh herbs, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and succulent palate that's quite generous and structurally open-knit, concluding with a tangy, saline finish. -- Vintage 2017 is a decided success for Bouchard Père & Fils, yielding an impressively consistent range of charming, expressive reds and bright, incisive whites that hit really high notes with the domaine's two cuvées of Chevalier-Montrachet and the Montrachet itself. Frédéric Weber told me that the 2017 harvest went well, with a cold winter helping to limit disease pressure and a dry August resulting in some hydric stress. When harvest came, picking the optimal date for all of Bouchard's 142 parcels of domaine vineyards required careful attention, and Weber noted figgy, dehydrated berries towards the end, validating his decision to commence relatively early. The whites, as usual, went through alcoholic fermentation in tank before being racked to barrel for sur lie maturation"
89-91/100 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
"(aging in 15% new oak, a bit less than the Beaune Blanc du Château): More complex scents of yellow peach and subtle spices. A step up in sweetness and depth of flavor from the Blanc du Château, displaying more buffering material for its alcohol. Round and silky in the middle, showing a hint of banana, but the chewy finish displays good grip and mineral reserve. This vineyard is now being worked organically."
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