BOUCHARD Père et fils Beaune Grèves Vignes de l'Enfant Jesus 2011This Beaune has a complex nose offering ripe fruit, a little whiff of vanilla, dark red berries, some good tannins plus the acidity that is a hallmark of 2011. A little touch of oak rounds the wine and it shows great promise. It is another fine result from this great vineyard.
Bouchard picked from 29th August to 10th September in 2011 and Philippe Prost, his head winemaker, thinks that there is a clear stylistic difference in 2011 between the up slope wines which are in a modern, fruit forward style, and the denser, more structured lower slope bottlings. Either way, the key was to avoid green tannins and to limit new oak: 20-25% for lesser Premier Crus, 30-50% for senior versions and a maximum 65% for Grand Cru of either colour.