Saturday, May 30, 2015

BOUCHARD Père & Fils/Domaine BOUCHARD Père & Fils* -- 2012 Côte de Beaune Whites tasted prior to bottling in autumn 2013 (Beaune)

Bouchard’s whites are a mixed bag in 2012. At the lower levels, there’s considerable variation in quality, but the grands crus showed extremely well. Quite simply, there was botrytis, and the biggest effort to avoid it naturally went into the grands crus and the top premier crus.

Due to vintage conditions, this is the first year that Bouchard destemmed some of the white grapes before pressing; the press time was also shorter than usual to avoid off flavors/aromas.

Bouchard claims that with the Diam closures it now uses, its tests show no corkiness or premature oxidation.

I review Bouchard’s 2012 Côte de Beaune reds prior to bottling here. I review Bouchard’s 2013’s herehere, and here.  (Continue reading here.)