Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): Purple/ruby in color. The first wine to show of that Burgundy funk. In fact, it was only the three more recent vintages that really did. Also nice cherry fruit. Juicy acidity. Great pure cherry fruit on the palate. It unwinds in the glass to show some tight layering. Needs time of course.
Impressive nose of berries, earth, and mushrooms, rainy forest wrapped in sweet confection. Starts bright but opens quickly to fruit. Slightly clipped on the back palate but then opens gently and sweetly on the tail. The texture is crisp and airy.
VIAGGIO BORGOGNA NOVEMBRE 2014; 9/12/2014-12/15/2014: Completamente diverso dal 2007. Lamponi laccati e fiori verdi ti investono, ma il preludio di primavera è presto soffocato da un palato molto asciutto, quasi scheletrico. La poca souplesse rende il vino affilato, una lama di erbe amare e acidità ancora un pochino scomposta. Il finale è ancora un pó tronco e manca dell' espansione degna di questo grande lieut-dit. Vino da dimenticare in cantina
The difference between this and the 2007 is ginormous. The aroma on this has lots of ripe red berries, black cherries, some buttery vanilla oak scents which I really didn't expect, blueberry compote and some leather. The palate has good structure with more tannins than acidity, and is rather full bodied for the style with ripe berry fruit. The finish falls slightly short at this point. This is very good, albeit not at all what I expected after tasting the previous vintage. This could almost pass for a Cali Pinot.
This is objectively probably better than this, but its a style I dislike. High char oak and reduction give this that smokey, rubbery nose that all Bouchards tend towards, particularly when they're grumpy. Smells a bit like the Michigan offense - a tire fire. There's "crunchy" red 2008 fruit underneath it, quite a lot actually, but I can't get past the nose. I have the same problem with the Bouchard Volnays - I just don't love the Bouchard oak treatment on this material.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus) Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, green, menthol nose; tight, tart raspberry, sous bois, mineral, tart red fruit palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish (not as tasty and well knit as I'm used to with this Bouchard bottling)
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