May 01, 2013
Rare Wines to Cellar
Although I rarely get to review wines that have great potential for ageing, I do get to taste a lot that do.
Of course, what's the use of bragging (okay, sometimes maybe I do) about tasting wines that you are not able to purchase and try for yourself.
So, recently I was able to taste through a silly (and I mean that in the best possible way) amount of Burgundy from the highly regarded house, Bouchard Père et Fils. The wines of Bouchard Père et Fils own a decent amount of shelf space in my own cellar, so I'm always eager to taste them and plan what I'll be adding to it.
I have recorded some of my tasting notes below.
A Little History
Maison Bouchard Père et Fils was founded in 1731 - more than 275 years ago. It remains to this day in its birthplace of Volnay in the Château de Beaune.
Bouchard Père et Fils has 130 hectares in the Côte d'Or - of those 12 are Grand Cru, 74 Premier Cru and include the iconic (and exclusive) Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus and Chevalier~Montrachet La Cabotte.
These wines are sought by collectors and lovers of great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay around the world.
Some you may have seen here before Canada and I have taken into consideration the ones available in British Columbia and their prices.
These wines should arrive by early fall 2013 so get your list ready!
Auxey~Duresses Les Duresses Premier Cru Côte d'Or, 2011 - $43
Good Pinot character with cedar and summer berry, specifically raspberry, pink flowers and sweet spice. The silky texture is lovely, nice roundness and freshness. A very good option for a special weekend wine. Cellar up to 2020
Beaune du Château Premier Cru, Côte d'Or, 2011 $44
A bit more wildness here - sauvage and garrigue with purple berry notes. A bit firmer on the palate, good structure and fresh with a rustic character.
Cellar up to 2018 to 2020
Beaune Marconnets Premier Cru, Côte d'Or, 2011$60
A lovely and seductive style with exotic underpinnings. Very pretty and delicate floral and pristine high-toned red fruit and sweet spices. Chic in the mouth with a fine-boned texture that hides it's power. A nice combination of masculine and feminine character. Cellar to 2023 or beyond
Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru, Côte d'Or, 2011 $99
A velvety package scented with exotic spices, vanilla, banana and a bouquet of mixed wildflowers atop purple fruits. Plush, juicy and weighted - a generous palate with a spicy and cedary finish. Cellar to 2023 or beyond.
Chambolle~Musigny Village, Côte d'Or, 2011 $64
Savoury notes are at the core of this wine. It is dominated by red berry and leather with some beet greens and dried herbs with sweet spice and cedarbox. The palate is nicely balanced and fresh - a charming Pinot with good typicity. Cellarto 2020 or beyond.
Gevery~Chambertin Village, Côte d'Or, $56
Fragrant blueberry and raspberry the perfume of violets and exotic spice. Equally feminine on the palate - silky and finely woven with wonderful freshness and length .Cellar 2017 to 2020.
Nuits~Saint~Georges Les Poulettes Premier Cru, Côte d'Or $82
My notes say "very unique" and notes of farmyard,vanilla, cola spices, saddle leather and richer, darker fruits.
There is s rusticity to the palate, it is firm and quite powerful with some grippy tannin and a dusty finish. Cellar to 2020 or beyond.
Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus Premier Cru, Côte d'Or $122
The gravelly soil the vines for this wine are grown in impart themselves in this wine.It has a lovely floral tone that is wrapped in spice and dark cherry with forest floor and farmyard notes. The palate is really fantastic; silky and sweet but earthy and powerful. Elegant with excellent persistence. Cellar to 2023 and beyond.
Bouzeron Aligoté Ancien Domaine Carnot, Village, Côte Chalonnaise, 2011 $23
The only non-Chardonnay in the white line-up this Aligote is however, worth your attention. Juicy and bright nose with plenty of citrus, apple peel, steel knife and herbal hints. The palate, although crisp and lemony has an attractive weight and smoky and mineral-driven finish. Drink now.
Mâcon~Lugny Saint~Pierre Mâcconais, 2011, $27
Delicious yellow apple, pineapple and floral notes rounded out with honey. Very vibrant and fresh with tangy citrus flavours that lead to marzipan and banana on the finish. Drink upon release or cellar briefly 3-5 years.
Beaune du Château Premier Cru, Côte d'Or 2011 $44
A very pretty floral dominated nose that is rounded out with lees, nuts and white fruit. A somewhat more New World style that those who are new to the Old World would really enjoy. Good richness and weight with a spicy and buttery palate. Drink upon release and up to 2020
Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru, Côte d'Or, 2011 $98
Honey and lemony nose with undertones of floral and mineral - not over scented. A slick weight and a very approachable palate for its youth. God focus and excellent length. Cellar up to 2023 or beyond.
Chevalier~Montrachet Grand Cru, Côte d'Or, 2011 $355
Simply incredible. Voluptuous texture and weight. Honey, hazelnut, smoke and mineral with exotic spice (notably coriander and ginger). Stunning concentration elegance and length. A complete wine and something I want to drink again and again. Cellar up to 2023 or beyond.
Other Cellar-Worthy Wines I've Recently Tasted
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 2008 $60
A plush and powerful wine of 100% Sangiovese. Dark berry/cherry, leather and spice with great concentration, freshness and length.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 'Progetto Prime Donne', 2008 - approx. $75 BC/AB Private stores.
A wine made by women and selected by women from the best barrels of Donatella Cinelli Colombini. It is a rare and long ageing wine. It is a powerful wine with the very traditional style of this Tuscan region. It is a wine with rich dark cherry, crushed berry and floral notes, leather and spice with a distinct savoury character. Typical Tuscan acidity with chalky, ripe tannin.
More wines for the cellar from Tenuta Argentiera, Max Ferdinand Richter& Mastroberardino here