Bouchard are owned by the Henriot empire and are encouraged and expected to achieve quality from top to bottom. They own parcels in some of the great estate vineyard in Burgundy and despite their size, they never fail to make a wine of charm and depth. These are not to be missed!
Like the Blanc partner in crime to this tasty rouge there is a lot to love. It ticks all the boxes for a quality Pinot Noir from Burgundy: Silky, plush, aromatic, red berries, rose petals and violets, long, hints of mineral, and very drinkable. You can’t have Le Chambertin every night of the week so this is an awesome plan B. Pinot like this goes with everything (try it!) but quail in a chocolate sauce with carrot and orange puree sounds awesome. Drink over the next 18 months.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Bourgogne – The entry level to Burgundy. The wines can be from vineyards outside of the better appellations or declassified from high ranks. That means you may be drinking a Grand Cru vineyard at Bourgogne pricing! Quality is variable but the great producers put as much care into their entry level as they do their great wines.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.