2013 Bouchard Pere et Fils, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 6x750ml

RP92-94VM93+

HK$21,860 / Case

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UK Stock: ETA to HK address 10-16 weeks (air)
SKU: LXSIB106197820130600750 Categories: ,
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 93+

Pale, bright yellow. A note of meaty reduction to the aromas of crushed stone, white pepper and smoke. Densely packed, smooth and refined, showing lovely freshness and lift to its intense stone fruit and floral flavors. Finishes very long and suave, with an impression of fine-grained tannins and terrific lift. [Stephen Tanzer, 09/01/2015]

Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028

Robert Parker – 92-94

The 2013 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has a crisp, limestone, mint-scented bouquet that is very nuanced, but gains intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a taut line of acidity, hints of white peach and orange zest developing toward the tender but long finish that reveals its mineral core with each swirl. This is a classy Chevalier-Montrachet from Bouchard Père. I met cellarmaster Frédéric Weber at Bouchard Père this year at their winery (on the Beaune péripherique) bustling with tourists. Once we had gotten away from the madding crowds, I tasted through their entire range. “It was a little complicated in the vineyard,” Frédéric explained somewhat euphemistically. “The winter was cold and humid and this retarded the vegetative cycle by around 20 days. There was a lot of coulure in the Côte de Nuits so there was a small harvest. We lost around 30% of the crop from flowering there, but in the Côte de Beaune the flowering was better. However, there was the hailstorm on 23 July and for example, the vineyard of Pommard Pezerolles was completely lost. Fortunately, July was sunnier and it [the growing cycle] managed to catch up. We de-leafed the vines and we found that the berries were small and this aided aeration. We commenced the harvest on 30 September and it finished quite late on 11 October. We undertook a slightly longer maceration this year and we did one pigeage per day and no remontage for a more progressive fermentation. So in total there was an 18 to 22 days cuvaison. There was also greater stem addition this year up to 30% and these were covered in the vat with de-stemmed berries.” I must confess that I found the range of wines from this historic producer a little inconsistent, in particular with regard to the reds that lacked the depth, fruit concentration, the panache of the more impressive 2012s last year. That is to be expected given the growing season. Matters improved once we began broaching the whites and especially around Puligny. Bouchard’s Puligny Combettes is as good as anything I tasted from that premier cru during my travels, likewise their Meursault Perrières: both excellent examples. My advice is to tread carefully in 2013. There are certainly some gems, but also wines that I suspect will be overshadowed by the 2012 and the forthcoming 2014s. [Neal Martin, 01/12/2014]

Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035

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