Beaune - Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 1989 Bouchard P&F
Acquired in auction Jan-96 for $50 (imported from Chicago for $66 net).
This famous monopole sub-plot of the Greves 1er Cru vineyard in Beaune
belongs to old Bouchard domain. Together with Drouhin's Clos des Mouches
and Jadot's Clos des Ursules, this wine is among the best produced by the big
In the past I have been disappointed with Bouchard wines more often than
not. I bought this wine however based on warm recommendation of Steven
Spurier, with whom I usually find myself well calibrated.
Tonight for Friday dinner that consisted of eggplant soup, Beef Stroganoff,
cheese and ice-cream.
COLOR: Good full brick red. Not brilliantly clear (a good sign to me!),
but looks healthy and promising.
NOSE: Exciting aroma. Tons of red forest fruit surrounded by a most
beautiful and delicate 'Bourgogne Nose'. Perhaps not as seductive as a
fully mature Grand Cru, but its youthful vigor give the sensation of a
very elegant, profound and stylish wine.
TASTE: As good as the nose. Extremely tasty. Plenty of fruit with a good
dose of acidity and discernible tannins. The most full-bodied Beaune wine
I've ever tasted. Silky and smooth, full of flavors. Maybe not the most
complex of wines, but who said every wine must be 'complex'?...
LENGTH: Very good and long aftertaste, where the ticklish effect caused by
the fruit and acidity compensate for the strong tannins.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Although only 12.5% alcohol, this wine almost feels
like a full bodied monster. Fruit, acidity and tannins all abundant and in
perfect harmony and balance.
OVERALL: Superb! The best Cote de Beaune wine I ever had. Perfectly
drinkable now but will last and develop for many more years. If Bouchard
is capable of producing such a good wine, why doesn't he do that more
MARK: 18+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.