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Bouchard Pere & Fils Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru 2015

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Established in 1731 and family run up until 1995 when the company was sold to Champagne house, Henriot. This change of hands heralded a review of the entire Bouchard portfolio, with a keen eye trained upon quality and how to raise standards and the building of an impressive new winemaking facility in 2005. Steps included declassification of a number of Grand Cru stocks which were felt not to be good enough. And so this domaine, after enduring a declining reputation in the pre-sale 1990's, has now seen its reputation restored by Henriot and moves forwards with confidence.

Vineyard holdings comprise 130 hectares, including 12ha of grand crus and 74ha of premier crus, making it the largest domaine in the Cote d'Or.

Situated near the town of Beaune, between "Les Grèves" and the "Clos de la Mousse", "Les Teurons" is a vineyard of renown. Its situation, on a hillock, translates as "the mount" in Celtic. Bouchard acquired their first parcel here in 1791 and purchased the remainder in 1869 - a total production area of 2.41 hectares. Soils are of limestone and clay, predominantly limestone.

The quality of the 2015 vintage for red Burgundy is seen as being very good, with lots of concentration and energy in the wines. Warm weather and allowed for ample ripeness and timely harvest.

Fruit is manually harvested. Following total or partial destemming, fermentation is carried out in small containers, with gentle pressing to ensure optimal vinification. Vatting lasted between 15 to 18 days.

12 - 14 months in French oak, with 25 to 35% new oak.

Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru 2015 is characteristed by red fruit aromas with an oaky note on the nose.

Soft and generous on the palate, in a lovely harmonious marriage. Good ageing potential.

Pair with light game dishes, grilled meats, cheese.

Ageing potential of 7 to 10 years +.

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