Sexy aromatics, musk and flowers with red cherry fruit. The palate is juicy and more red fruit than black, and high acidity that lend freshness to the vintage. Medium plus body (as opposed to the more full-bodied 2005 Jesus with which this was paired) and a long and nuanced finish. Great stuff that can be enjoyed today but is very suitable for further aging.
2012 Bouchard dinner with Panos – Mostly Bouchards (Ripple Restaurant in DC): One of the most additive aspects of Burgundy is that there are moments when things make perfect sense. This bottle clearly shows the 02 vintage typicity. Sweet yet crunch and sappy red fruits, a bit of dust, raw button mushroom, a bit of secondary notes, flowers and earth. The palate displays a hint of dry tannins that I find in 2002 as well as strong presence of tannins. In some ways this is similar to the 12, ripe, sappy, nice concentration yet strong presences of acidity and tannins. I would say that the 12 is a bit more denser, sweeter and concentrated. This needs a few more years but pretty enjoyable as is.
Cellared since release. I didn't recall that I had opened a bottle only eight months ago and estimated that the wine needed 5+ more years. Fortunately, for although this wine is still many years from maturity, it is showing beautifully tonight with the lightness and silky texture that make Caillerets such a fabulous and individual vineyard (and Bouchard has the filet portion of Caillerets). Still some influence of oak/stems showing, but they are rapidly integrating with the griotte cherry fruit and there is none of the tannicity that I found with the previous bottle. A direct link to the fabulous 1962 that I had in Beaune a few years ago is most evident and shows why 2002 on the Côte de Beaune is my choice as the best vintage in recent times (yes, better than 2005 and 1999, and even 1993). Listed as 13.5% alcohol, if I have a minor quibble it is that a few tenths of a degree less would have been even better.
Medium depth. Wood and cherry aromas. Medium weight, juicy and sappy. Ripe red fruit, char. A big Volnay that is a wine of simple pleasure rather than contemplation, but there is plenty of pleasure in the ample Burgundian Pinot fruit.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot) Bricking medium red violet color; savory, tart cherry, cranberry nose; tasty, tart red fruit, savory, mineral, roses, gunpowder palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot) Medium-plus cherry red. The nose starts heavy with lightly toasted oak, the palate equally so. Given time for aeration the oak fades by around 75% with sweet fruit of several layers - all of them red. The palate starts with an understated intensity that builds and builds into quite an exciting flourish on the long finish. The tannin has just a little dryness on the finish but is finely grained. This is very good but needs quite a few (several) years though should be excellent.
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