DOMAIN BOURCHARD PERE
bouchard pere: The estate going through nine gererations of the Bouchard family since its establishment in1791eventually fell into disrepair producing dull and uninteresting wines. In 1995 The Henriots, a very old Champagne family purchased the property and revitalized it's improving its vneyards, and winemaking. Today it is one of the top producers in Burgundy.
2011 BOUCHARD PERE BOURGOGNE ROUGE
"A grapey, fresh and relatively complex nose of red berry fruit and earth aromas leads to rich, generous and suave flavors that retain a reasonable sense of detail on the delicious finish that offers better than average depth and length." Allen Meadows' Burghound.com 86 points
|Tending the vineyards and making Great Wines are the result of painstaking, daily work, together with experience and unique savoir-faire passed on from generation to generation, from father to son since 1731.
All year round, vine workers and piece workers tend the 130 hectares of the Bouchard Père & Fils estate under the watchful eye of Christophe Bouchard, technical director. A strict programme, drawn up according to the growing cycle of the vine, dictates the growers' work, from the awakening of the vines after the winter, to the harvesting of the grapes in September.
Uprooting, planting, grafting, pruning, de-budding, pricking out...
Finding the right balance between human intervention and the biological cycle of the vine is essential to enable each "terroir" to reveal its particular characteristics.
Then September brings the grape harvest.
The grapes are always hand picked and carried in small cases of 12 kilos to avoid squashing the bunches. On arrival at the vats, the grapes are sorted to eliminate any undesirable matter (diseased grapes, leaves). At this stage, the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay are treated differently.