Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bouchard Père & Fils (Beaune) -- 2014 Part III -- Whites Tasted from Bottle and Cask Samples

Harvesting of the Chardonnay whites began on 13 September. The cool nights and lower temperatures over the summer had kept the acidities high, but the September weather assured full ripeness. For the parcels hit by hail (Meursault, Beaune), the grapes were fully destemmed in order to assure that there would not be vegetal aspects. The skins were rather thick, and so the grapes were given somewhat more time than usual in the pressoir, with the first part of the pressing removed. The wines were rolled twice in barrel (bâtonnage). (Continue reading here.)