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DOMAINE BOUVIER RENE
2010 BOUVIER RENE MARSANNAY BLANC LES CLOS
.With 30 percent new oak the wine is rich, with wonderful notes of vanillin, and mint enhanced by stylish and fresh with ripe and lucid fruit finishing with amazing acidity, and notes of honey.
The Bouvier family has owned vineyards in the village of Marsannay at the northernmost border of the Cote d'Or for four generations. Each generation has added a bit to the holdings and now the estate is about 40 acres spread over six villages. Bernard Bouvier (the son of Rene) is considered one of the most promising young winemakers in Burgundy today. He is one of the new generation of winemakers who has melded the best of the thinking of previous generations to modern vinification techniques and vineyard practices and technology. His first vintage was in 1986. Chemical treatments are banned and yields are held to a minimum.
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|Regis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors–red, white and rose, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. Bouvier makes the best Burgundian rose that we have ever tasted, his whites are delicious, with their own particular character completely unlike other Chardonnays from Burgundy, and his reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Bouvier’s vineyards in Marsannay are premier-cru quality (some may even get classified) and his lieu-dit Bourgogne Rouge En Montre Cul vineyard is of a quality well above most (cultivated on a steep slope, not flatland Bourgogne). And don’t miss his Morey-St-Denis En la Rue de Vergy, a superb vineyard right above the Grand Cru Clos de Tart. This domaine represents terrific value for a number of reasons–a lesser-known appellation combined with quality vineyard holdings and a conscientious and talented wine grower.