In a nutshell: A wonderfully rich and polished Côte d'Or Premier Cru white Burgundy.
The lowdown: Bouchard have been making this Beaune du Château cuvée for over a hundred years and now have it down to a fine art. It's sourced from parcels from four Beaune Premier Cru vineyards which are vinified separately with each component spending around nine months in French oak in the cellars of the Château de Beaune before being blended to make the final wine. It has a nose of ripe white fruits with candied citrus aromas and a hint of brioche and ginger bread. On the palate there's a restrained creaminess, subtle oak, and hints of succulent dried fruits and it signs off with a lingering and moreish suggestion of vanilla.
When to drink: A sophisticated and enjoyable white Burgundy - great with poultry, lighter game and pork dishes.
Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous 'Les Caillerets' climat and from there 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.' They continued to build holdings in the best villages throughout the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1995 Bouchard Père et Fils was bought by Joseph Henriot, whose family have been growers and producers in Champagne for over 200 years. Today, Bouchard Père & Fils is the largest land-owner in the Côte d'Or, with a 130 hectares of vineyards in total. Operations in the cellars are overseen by head winemaker Frédéric Weber.