The annual tasting of the new releases from Bouchard Père et Fils is always a fascinating event combined, as it is, with a showing of the new vintage from the Chablis producer William Fèvre (both Bouchard and Fèvre being under the ownership of Champagne Henriot).
I find that many of the Chablis wines of 2015 are just a bit too fat, having some of the richness of their Côte d'Or Chardonnays from further south.
And I found some of the Bouchard wines a bit lacking in nuance and missing a little in terms of freshness (although it must be said that tasting these wines as prepared barrel samples in London is most certainly not the best way to assess the vintage (but is the way a surprising number of journalists are happy to build their "take" on the new wines)), However there were a few wines that were stand-out good for quality and value, none more than that which appears below:
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin, Bouchard Père et Fils
£156 in bond per 6 Drink 2019-24
This has a proper Gevrey sauvages nature to the fruit on both nose and palate, also proper Gevrey smoke inflecting the red and (mostly) black fruit aromas. The entry is creamy-cool yet there's decent tang within. This wine has very nice, fresh juicy acidity and rich, masculine tannins. A long and assertive wine. Great success!
"Should make an excellent village wine." Stephen Tanzer
Remember what I was saying about me finding myself liking village wines as much as the 1ers and grands crus from the same producer in a number of instances? Here is the perfect example. This is really excellent stuff...
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