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I just returned from France and some fantastic time spent in Burgundy in the city of Beaune. Our first tasting was with Bouchard and it was fantastic! The estate is incredible, originally purchased in 1820 it is the former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts of the ramparts, still stand today. During our tasting we had the pleasure of tasting a couple of vintages of the “Baby Jesus” Pinot Noir. I know that name sounds weird so here is the story behind it.
“The name “Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus” refers to an old story. It is said that Marguerite du Saint Sacrement, the founding carmelite of the “Domestiques de la famille du Saint Enfant Jésus”, predicted the birth of the king of France, Louis XIV, although her mother, Anne of Austria, was sterile. On the birth of the future “Roi Soleil”, this exceptional vineyard which belonged to the Carmelites, took on the name “Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus”. In 1791, when all national property was sold, Bouchard Père & Fils put in a bid for the vineyard, situated in the heart of the 32 hectares of the Beaune Grèves appellation, of which it still has the monopoly today.”
Cool story or not, the wine is incredible. For some perspective, Grand Cru vineyards are the best vineyards in Burgundy and usually command several hundred dollars to secure. In this case you get Grand Cru quality for Premier Cru (1er) prices.
Don’t miss your chance to acquire this phenomenal, very limited production Burgundy.
Gerald Morgan Jr | Sommelier
Delicate, smoky red-fruits nose; lifted and elegant. Rich and suave on the palate though concentrated, with firm underlying tannins. This has structure, depth and unusual power for Beaune, probably the result of low yields. Has grip and persistence, with a long, punchy finish. Drink 2018-2030.
This monopole vineyard came into the Bouchard family in 1791, 60 years after the maison was founded. This wine is smoky and full of fruit and sweet tannins. With its balanced tannins and rich fruits, it is developing well. The dense structure behind the fruit promises good aging. Drink from 2020.