$57.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
We’re not going all Francophile on you, but we’re amping it up when it comes to the Old World, especially seeking out French wines. Every time we cross into Burgundy or Bordeaux, I am reminded of how much we have to learn about wine and the complexity of the French market. But that’s our problem, not yours.
This month’s baby step is into Burgundy, where we’ve tapped into one of the region’s most senior estates: Bourchard Père & Fils dates back more than 280 years and nine generations to the first vineyard established by Joseph Bouchard in Volnay. The family’s holdings benefitted from the French Revolution when son Antoine purchased land that had been confiscated from clergy and nobility. Now that’s opportunism!
The centerpiece of BP&E is the Chateau de Beaune, owned since 1820 and a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Five of the original towers survive and cellars run underground up to 30 feet deep providing storage that includes more than 2,000 bottles from the 19th century. . .the oldest being a Meursault Charmes 1846. Now that’s history!
Kinda puts the wine biz in sharper focus.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Garnet color with violet shades. Expressive bouquet of black fruit, leather and forest floor. Smooth, delicate and perfectly balanced on the palate. A very elegant wine. Fruit aromas combined with light toasty notes. Both fleshy and refined, Clos de la Mousse reveals its charms with delicacy. Good ageing potential.”
Blend: 100% pinot noir
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