Deep ruby-garnet in color, the 2009 Bouchard Beaune du Château opens with discreet aromas of raspberry, violets, and cinnamon/spice. Quick swirls in the glass unlock notes of ripe cherry fruit, well-integrated with subtle hints of oak. On the palate, the fruit is silky, pure, and wonderfully refined, but with a sneaky intensity of flavor that keeps growing as the wine airs. The tannins are well-integrated, supple, and harmonious, but with considerable grip as well. Immensely enjoyable now for its pure, graceful Pinot Noir fruit, this wine offers at least 7 to 10 years of aging potential.
A perfumed nose of framboise and red berry fruit aromas leads to delicate, detailed flavors of wild strawberry, red and blue Pinot Noir fruit, with a gentle undercurrent of vanilla oak. Although still in its primary fruit stage, the wine is beginning to develop subtle secondary aromas and flavors of new earth and spice, along with an intriguing hint of saffron. Although seemingly light-bodied at first sip, this wine has a sneaky intensity, which rises as the wine blossoms in the glass. Quite delicious to drink now, this wine will continue to develop over time as the wine ages gracefully in the cellar.
First, this is not the same as the regular (and very pleasant) Beaune Premier Cru that Louis Jadot offers in many vintages. It is a unique selection of Jadot's best Beaune climats, vinified to Grand Cru standards, including an extra 6 months of aging in mostly new oak. (Note the names of all the vineyards amidst Bacchus's curly locks.) The wine clearly shows the greatness not only of Jadot's winemaking, but of the 2009 vintage, which has an uncanny combination of delectably forward, seamless Pinot Noir fruit allied to a formidable structure for long aging. The wine opens with a stunning bouquet of fresh bing cherries, suffused with gentle notes of vanilla from aging in new oak barrels. On the palate, the bold, pure, indelibly seamless Pinot Noir fruit is framed by a wonderful backbone of abundant, silky tannins. Crisp acidity keeps the finish reassuringly dry, with just the right amount of tautness over the deep red fruit to make you desperate for the next sip. They say this wine can last 30 years and I don't doubt it, but I'm going to have a hard time keeping my hands off it from the day it arrives.-- Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
Restrained now, with a touch of finishing dryness, but there is good volume generosity to the fruit, and I like the spiciness and lift of the fruit at the finish. –– Ben Giliberti