Bouchard Pere & Fils 2018 Burgundies

December 07, 2020

Bouchard Pere & Fils 2018 Burgundies

If you're a fan of these elegant burgundies, here's an overview of Bouchard Pere & Fils.

ABOUT BOUCHARD PERE & FILS

Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les Caillerets” climat and started to develop the family’s vineyard holdings. 

During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale. Joseph’s son, Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard, seized the opportunity to extend the family’s vineyard holdings in Beaune including the famous “Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus.” 

This desire to build up an exceptional estate in Côte d’Or endured through the generations and acquisitions in the best Villages were added throughout the 19th century and again in the early 20th century.

 

VITICULTURE

With a lineage of prestigious master-winemakers and experts in every trades involved in winemaking, Bouchard Père & Fils strives to understand each terroir, master each vine and to check each bunch of grapes which go into the fine wines that carry the estate’s label.

The estate’s configuration, extending as it does over 48 km from north to south with a mosaic of 450 different vineyards, protects Bouchard Père & Fils from localised weather events such as hail, storms or frost. However, this does entail having to have teams on the ground throughout the vineyards.

The multitude of vineyard parcels receive special care and attention all year round. Every Bouchard Père & Fils vineyard has been managed using sustainable viticulture for many years in order to bring out the authenticity and full potential of the wines.

Bouchard Père & Fils’ constant attention to detail also continues at harvest time when the grapes are harvested by hand, placed in small crates, and then carefully selected on sorting tables.

 

WINEMAKING

Bouchard Père & Fils applies the “precision of a goldsmith” to each stage of winemaking. In this pursuit of precision, Bouchard Père & Fils invested in a high-tech facility in 2005, the St. Vincent winery in Savigny-lès-Beaune.

Located 5 metres below ground level, the vinification vat room enables grapes to be transferred naturally, by gravity, into 138 maceration tanks or presses. Over 100 different wines are vinified here. They are then matured in oak in a cellar with a 4,000 barrel capacity. This maturation period allows the purity of the aromas and the organoleptic profile of each terroir to express themselves to the full.

Dug 10 metres below ground, with no covering other than the earth itself, the barrel cellar provides ideal, natural conditions of ventilation and humidity for the wines to complete their long maturation process. After bottling, the ageing period commences.

The Château’s cellars, also nearly 10 metres below ground, offer perfect conditions for ageing Bouchard Père & Fils’ wines. Depending on the vineyard parcel and the appellation, the estate’s wines can be matured for over a year in oak barrel.

Thanks to the natural hygrometry and constant temperature, the Grand Crus, from a young age, benefit from an environment which is perfect for long periods of undisturbed ageing, and they can remain for several hundred years after bottling in the protective silence of the cellars which date back to the 15th Century.

The subtle art of creating wine, where every step of the ageing process is carried-out with extreme care, contributes to the story of each wine, a story that unfolds with each vintage.

For more information, or to purchase the 2018 Bouchard Pere & Fils Wines, visit the Bouchard & Fils Collection.




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