Decanted. Dark ruby in the glass. Nose of spiced red cherries and some floral perfume. On the palate, red fruits mixed with spicy cola and sarsaparilla, along with some earth. Nicely balanced with good structure. Hard to stop drinking this one.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): The groups least favorite WOTN. We expected more from this good if not great vintage. Cherry powdered drink mix on the nose. On the palate, cherries and rhubarb. A bit less of everything except acidity. This is a fine wine but across the many styles of tasters preferences, it still seemed lacking.
Poured into my glass and waited an hour. The nose is delightful, delicate and has sweet flowers, cherry, a little forest floor and something like almonds. I could sniff that all night. It is wonderfully balanced, everything is just right: acidity, tannins, sweetness, fruit. The finish is medium and you just want another sip. It seems a bit better than my last bottle. 92 points very good.
Dark ruby. First night was rather oaky and sweet. A little bit lacking in acidity. Nose was quite expressive though, mostly red fruits. On second night, this was showing much better. Oak integrated well and sweetness less prominent. More minerality though still ripe but adequately balanced by lifting acidity.
Medium red, mahoganey highlights. Mature red fruit, wood, sous bois, floral. Right out of the bottle this was tight and firm. It quickly opened and softened and displayed medium concentration of fruit, balsamic and mocha. Serious wine, starting to show very attractive signs of maturity.
Lovely juice. Red berry, integrating wood, clove on the nose. On the palate, there are ripe red berries, perfume, cut flowers, wood, and minerals. Long midpalate and endless finish. Classic young Bouchard Jesus. Lots of raw material here -- this will continue to age. Decanted for about 3 hours prior to drinking. Always great to crack a bottle of this on Xmas day.
Just got my 12 bottles delivered and opened one up. Poured 2 glasses and left them for an hour. The nose has started to open up with notes of cherry and strawberry, slight alcohol and there's a hint of forest floor and it's tempting me in. It doesn't disappoint, it's silky smooth with red fruits, the acidity is perfectly balanced with some sweetness, the finish is medium with raspberry tones and the tannins are rounded, maybe needs a touch more integration. This certainly has many years ahead and can only get better. Right now 90 points +
Brought to an offline at Bella. Initially a bit tight but was better with some air. Nice red fruit profile, clean, bright and with good weight. Still not near its potential, probably needed 7+ more years.
WineBerserkers Offline (Bella Trattoria, San Francisco): Pale ruby color; nose of primary red fruit, cherries/strawberry, spice; juicy red fruit, light, fresh, very young; medium fine tannins, elegant. A very solid Burgundy, drinking well now but very young and not showing its future potential. 91++
What would be more suitable than a bottle of infant Jesus for Easter? A really good 1:er Beaune. Good balance and texture, with nice light red cherry fruit and good acid. Elegant, on the lighter side. Far from fully developed, but drinking well.
Dinner with Friends (FMIII in the OC): Very good balance. I detected wood notes and a touch of heat although it's not fruit forward, it's more on the lighter side of red fruit and reflected in the lighter color too.
Lovely and elegant. A cool nose of sous bois, red fruits, and some nickel ore. A very masculine, firm palate with nice red fruit and spice tones. The oak is pretty well integrated. I think this is lovely but also perhaps holding back and would benefit from more cellaring.
Attractive from the outset. Ripe red fruits, spice and earth lift from the glass. High toned acids let the fruit soar on the palate. But the wine remains elegant and restrained despite its power. The mouth is coated with fine tannins and well integrated oak. It's still youthful.
We had this for the second time in as many nights since we found a great 2 for 1 deal in Phoenix and did not want to deal with the hassle of checking baggage to carry this home. Completely consistent with last night's note except for the fact that this bottle had brighter acidity. Sure, I would have loved to hold these for a few more years, but what a delight to drink them now.
Moderate ruby with browner tones. Very seductive aromas of cherry, earth, and high char wood. Ripe, sappy red fruit that stops short of sweetness with some anise and soil. The wood is so well integrated that it does not evoke my usual objections. This may well be at Grand Cru level, although its acidity could be brisker for a perfect degree of snap to accompany its tremendous depth. Outstanding nonetheless.
Very restrained and silky nose, however, full bodied, creamy, very ripe red fruit on the palate, showing very good concentration and intensity as well as length. Not as easygoing as expected, while still showing signs of development. Picky about food.
Delivers a grand cru drinking experience. Dense, red and black friut, kir, some spice, sublte wood. Liqueur notes. Abundant sap, huge midpalate, mouthcoating tannins. The mouthfeel is impressive. Actually closes up a bit with time. Will certainly age well. Enjoyable now as it brings a lot to the table without only offering delayed gratification. Yes, it is best to wait, but if you have a bunch of this, it will be a thrill to follow.
Red pastel fruits and cedar on the nose. Sweet fruits in the mouth with lovely lacy texture and excellent drive to the finish. A beautifully crafted and balanced ‘baby Jesus’ that should be splendid in a decade.
Good, but weird. Lots of dill pickle on the nose upon opening. I understand this to mean that the fruit was picked too young...? Once you get past this, it is typically Burgundian - Lots of fruit, a little funk, tannins, good with food, pretty. Not worth anywhere near $100 CAD. Were I to taste this blind, I'd price it at $40-$50.
91 (+?) Pts. Decanted this over a couple hours, and drank over the next 2 hours with red wine braised short ribs. This pairing was better than the wine by itself. The acidity and cleaning palate are a perfect match for a rich meal like short ribs. Slightly muted nose of red fruit extract. Palate that is silky smooth giving medium bodied red fruits braced with cranberries and acidity on the finish. This did not score higher due to the very slightly green note on the finish. Not sure if this will resolve in time...AMM
Wines of Burgundy (Farpointe Cellar): An interesting nose of coffe and raspberry, with a little cherry and earth thrown in to the mix. A juicy palate of cherry and berry, with earth and coffee bean on the mid-palate. The finish was a little tannic, but had some good minerality.
Saturdays at One - Volume 38: Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted about 2 hours before serving. Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of talc, roses, berries and a bit of cherries. Flavors of black cherries, black berries and a bit of earth on the medium finish. Bright acidity, firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Hold 3-5 years before trying again. 90?
Burgundy in Burgundy - the good, the bad and the truly revolting; 9/13/2010-9/20/2010: I was realy, really, looking forward to this, and the dark cherry / strawberry scent promises something delicious. But no, the Bouchard P+F house style of very little fruit and green sour, dry tannins (in this case, finely grained, but none the more appetizing for that) "shines" through. 85P(?) -but only after allowing a generous margin for the "fabulous future development" the sales lady at Bouchard talked about. The label is, of course, really cute, and justifies at least 5% of the price (67,30 Euros au chai) on its own. 85P(-)
This is the famous Bouchard Pere & Fils brand from the Greves vineyard in Beaune and another contribution from Henriot for our tasting. I got tannic richness. No foreboding tannins mind you, but rather broad and smooth overall, even a hint of ripe jam. Certainly young, primary. Perhaps just slightly less linear, less focused than the next vintage? I am not sure. The 2006 should develop nicely, yes?
Not showing much right now - moderately dark fruit, and concentration is there, but this doesn't have any of the seductive depth and sweet fruit that the 05 had. 89ish now, potential up to 92ish, I believe; P liked it. I'd be interested to taste this years down the line to see if it improves and how much; I think it will get better, but never be a blockbuster.
A very open and fruit forward wine, even by 2006 standards.
There is a lot of ripe plum, raspberry candy and blackberry pie - especially on the nose. The presence of oak is heavy but fairly well integrated. Some spice at the back end. Silky texture.
According to the winemaker, this sells quite a bit in the states, and was one of the first succesful exports to the US for Bouchard pere et Fils. Enjoyable enough for sure, but for close to one hundred buckaroos, I'd get a bottle of Cristom Sommer's reserve from Oregon and some duck confit with morel sauce for the balance...
One of the gems from Bouchard Père & Fils, sole owner of almost 4 hectares of this reputed red Premier Cru from Beaune.
In the 17th century, this vineyard was given to the Carmelite nuns who worked there until the confiscation of the clergy's possessions which became "national property" during the French Revolution in 1789.
Legend has it that the name " Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus " refers to an amusing old story which tells that Marguerite du Saint Sacrement, the Carmelite founder of the "Domestiques de la famille du Saint Enfant Jésus", predicted the birth of Louis XIV - Le Roi Soleil - the King of France, when his mother, Anne of Austria was sterile...
Ever since, this piece of land, in the heart of the " Les Grèves " appellation has borne the name " l'Enfant Jésus ".
In 1791, during the auction of national property, Bouchard Père & Fils acquired the land and still farms this exceptional vineyard which belongs entirely to the company.
Situated on a particularly steep, sandy slope, Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus is intensely but delicately velvety: a magnificent combination of fruit and spice with a touch of wood.
90-93 Pts. This wine is very good now, but I think it could get even better. Nose of raspberry compote and under-ripe strawberry's. Color is bright ruby translucent that is very inviting. This is a very silky wine, probably the softest mouth feel of any wine I've had. Red fruits and balance that incorporate mushrooms and some weight. Acidity is great with food. Food added an extra dimention. This wine is great and will only get better. Recommended. You can find this for great prices if you search. (Try NYC). AMM
92-93...2nd night after being under light suction this wine gained depth and weight, but maintained it's balance. Additional to the equasion was the spice element that had been missing the 1st night. I will decant my next bottle to get the full experience...AMM
2006 Burgundy Test Drive: Candied licorice nose reminds me of California pinot. Doesn't have the sweetness and fat you'd expect from the scent on the palate, but it's weird in other ways. There's a certain roughness, which combined with the sheer brightness of the fruit, makes this taste almost more like Beaujolais than Burgundy, except with more oak.
To accompany T-Chow duck and delicious pork and eggplant hot pot the 2006 Bouchard Beaune Greves ‘Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus’: Gorgeous balance and harmony between sweet, supple red fruits and rocky minerality. It is pure and focused in the mouth with energetic, perfectly ripe fruits dancing on a spicy canvas of wood and underpinned by serious geological matter. The 05 version has more density but I reckon this is better wine…fabulous.