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2006 bouchard père et fils beaune 1er du château

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er du Château

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er du Château

I sometimes have problems to appreciate this cuvée when released – for example I found the 2001 angular and lacking balance – I wouldn’t have recommended it, yet a few years later it was super – so, assuming it wasn’t an errant bottle, I was wrong. Here again, early on with the 2006 I can’t recommend it, though I suppose BPetF deserve some credit; at it’s price-point they lavish a lot of oak on the wine and despite that being the dominant flavour and aroma today, clearly it will improve with time. The thing is, at this price-point, bottles tend to be drunk young – so that means disappointment if today is anything to go by…
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A bright and pretty medium cherry-red colour. The nose is a broad and forward blend of sweet toasty elements, some coffee even something faintly resembling fruit. Obvious, but quite well textured and slightly astringent tannin. Good intensity that grows and grows before peaking in the mid-palate. Helped by perfect acidity there is a very good length – but that length is mainly oak derived and relatively bitter – much more than a bitter chocolate effect. I’m sure this will be nicer, and perhaps even ‘worthy’ in a couple of years, but frankly today the forward oak left me with little to enjoy.
Rebuy – No

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