Having tasted a plethora of 2017 burgundy in the region in November I was fascinated to have a chance to taste a whole lot more in London during the annual week allocated to such sample-a-thons. So many good wines! And so many good wines at all levels. I would recommend everyone consider the Bourgognes Rouges and Bourgognes Blancs for everyday drinking as many a producer is now making great efforts of ensure something extremely worthy lies under those corks.
London tastings merely served to underscore my French musings i.e. that here is a vintage with traditional levels of freshness allied to a very modern transparency. These are bright, buoyant wines of great loveliness…and in the range from Bouchard Père et Fils I found a great many stunning liquids.
It was once the case that the bigger firms in Burgundy were considered the bottlers of insipid wine: commercial bottlings for the uneducated masses, often with lower tickets. For the large part, that is now a long way from the truth. Owners Champagne Henriot continue to take Bouchard into the top echelons of Burgundy production for both red and white wines and the critics’ scores reflect this. And their 2017s are so 2017: bright and with their salient minerality worn proudly on their sleeves. I was smitten, I must say…
[Each wine name is a live link to the wine in our online shop, and all the 2017 wines from Bouchard are linked within the shop.
* indicates large format bottles available.]
2017 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières*
2017 Meusault 1er Cru Perrières*
2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos St Landry Monopole*
2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
2017 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru*
2017 Chevalier Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru*
2017 Le Montrachet Grand Cru*
2017 Monthelie 1er Cru Champ Fulliot
2017 Savigny Lès Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières
2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons
2017 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus
2017 Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot
2017 Le Corton Grand Cru
2017 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (Not Domaine)*