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2008 Bouchard Aine, Charmes-ChambertinApr. 2010
Dark, wide, smoky oak mingles with sweet fruit – it’s actually quite exciting. After the Cortons this seems a little strict though the mid-palate is intense and ends with a very nice finish.
2008 Bouchard Aine, EchézeauxApr. 2010
The nose is actually quite similar to the last (Bichot) Echézeaux with its creamy-oak edged-fruit. More supple, though there’s a little less excitement – let’s say energy. All said, it’s very well packaged and is quite long.
2005 Bouchard Aine, Clos de la RocheApr. 2008
Wide, mineral and earthy aromas. Jam-packed with ripe fruit. There’s quite some structure, but it’s very well covered.. A good length too. No wow, but very competent.
2005 Bouchard Aine, Charmes-ChambertinApr. 2008
A ripe but quite tight nose. Round in the mouth with decent mid-palate intensity. Some nice fruit though the tannin has a harsh edge – good length though.
2004 Bouchard Aine, Chassagne-Montrachet MorgeotMar. 2006
From 40 year-old vines. Intense nose. The plate shows good concentration and is nicely backed by the balancing acidity. Medium length, this is a nice wine.
2004 Bouchard Aine, Meursault PorusotMar. 2006
From 45 year-old vines. The wine starts a little more linear and closed in vs the Chassagne, but from the mid-palate the concentration bursts forward. This is interesting and a good wine.
2004 Bouchard Aine, Chambolle-Musigny Les CrasMar. 2006
From 30 year-old vines, vinified using 30% new oak. Whilst there is some width to the nose and a few high and mineral tones, this wine seems rather tight. Sweet palate with grainy tannin and medium length. A tasty, if unsophisticated wine.
2004 Bouchard Aine, EchézeauxMar. 2006
From vines approaching 60 years-old. A wide nose with some high tones, but again a little tight and showing no depth. The palate shows plenty of grainy tannin and reasonable spicy concentration. It’s clean, but many 1er crus deliver more intensity, depth and complexity, so I can only describe this as ‘okay’.
2003 Bouchard Aine, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les PeuilletsMar. 2006
From 40 year-old vines raised in 30% new oak. The nose is rather ashy. Lots of material here, a wine that slowly expands into the finish. The fruit is pretty good but I find the tannins currently rather ungainly, to a certain extent, spoiling the fruit in the mid-palate. Everything seems ripe, so given 3-5 years for the tannins to soften and it might be almost good.
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