2018
Beaune Premier Cru

Chardonnay
Description

Since 1750, Bouchard Ainé & Fils is devoted to the excellence and renown of the region's noble grapes. The 18th-century Hôtel du Conseiller du Roy in Beaune houses the cellars where is perpetuated, generation after generation, the tradition of quality, elegance and prestige in selecting and making fine Burgundy wines.

The Beaune vineyards are among the most extensive of the Côte. This "Village" appellation covers 410 hectares, 317 of which are classified as Premier Cru. The right to use the words "Premier Cru" is a distinction granted to certain climats whose wines are traditionally highly regarded. The plot "Les Marconnets" extends over 9.39 hectares.

Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to  GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, SD, VA or WV.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Bright yellow with golden highlights.

Aroma: 

Aromas of white flowers, fresh bread with delicate spicy notes.

Palate: 

A mellow and rich wine with an acidulous structure. A wine with an exceptional
length!

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

Once again, the 2018 vintage in Burgundy offered the vision scenario of an early harvest. It was already the case in 2017, and 2018 was even earlier! This vintage comes in the earliest harvest palmares compare to the norm (around the 20th of September) and come just in the second place after the unforgettable 2003 vintage when harvest between the 20 and the 25th of August in the Côte d'Or department. All along the year 2018, the weather was very diverse, even atypical according to the month and the area. After a rainy start in the year, the spring period was very summery with sunshine above the seasonal norms and quite scarce rain. This trend continued until the harvest with a very hot and dry summer, this allowed the grapes to finish their maturation early. Harvest started on the 20th of August and lasted until the third week of September… a particularly long amplitude. At least quality is here for this 2018 vintage, but also quantity. Grapes arrived to the winery with a perfect state of health. Concentrated, structured, generous, rich and powerful are some of the adjectives that characterize this magnificent vintage.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Côte de Beaune, France
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Aging: 
    • French oak barrels
    • 25% New oak
    • 5-6 Years
  • Serve: Ideally between 12°C and 14°C
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Shellfish, Quenelles, Fish, Frogs' Legs, white meats in a cream sauce, whitebait, Poached Poultry, sweetbreads
Cheese & Nuts:
Light Cheddar
SKU:
1BDBMFW318
$87