Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Clos De La Mousse 1er Cru Rouge

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • The oldest trace of Clos de la Mousse dates to 1220, when it was bequeathed to the church of Notre-Dame de Beaune by cannon Edme de Saudon.
  • It took several decades for the Bouchard family to purchase all the parcels of the appellation. This premier cru has been a monopoly of Bouchard Père & Fils since 1872.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: Manual harvest is small cases, followed by manual sorting of each grape. Following total or partial destemming on the vintage, fermentation in small containers, gentle pressing ensure optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, vatting lasts 15 to 20 days. The wine is aged for 13 months in 30% new oak.

Tasting Notes: Fruit aromas combined with light toasty notes on the nose. Both fleshy and refined, Clos de la Mousse reveals its charms with delicacy.

PRESS

2014 – 93 Wine Spectator

2015 – 92 Wine Spectator

2016 – 90 Wine Advocate | 93 Wine Spectator

2017 – 90 Wine & Spirits

2018 – 90 Wine Advocate | 93 Wine Spectator | 94 James Suckling

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Founded in 1731, Maison Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s oldest wine merchant houses.  Over the centuries, the House has been devoted to acquiring highly renowned parcels, in order to build a prestigious domaine: 130 hectares of Crus. The famed vineyards include: Beaune Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus, Chevalier-Montrachet, Montrachet, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Bonnes-Mares and Clos Vougeot to name a few. In 1995 this exceptional collection was purchased by Joseph Henriot, and is today part of Maisons & Domaines Henriot. Maison Bouchard Père & Fils has invested in the vine to bottle, the process is handled with meticulous care, to ensure the most faithful expression of each terroir. Installed since the beginning of the 19th century on the site of the ancient Châteaude Beaune, Maison Bouchard Père & Fils uses the underground galleries and bastions of this fortress built by LuisXI, 10 meters below ground, for the slow maturing of its wines under optimal conditions. Millions of bottles, including a rare collection of pre-phylloxera wines rest in the cellars today protected by 7 meter thick walls.

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