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Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Premier Cru "Les Gouttes d'Or" 2020
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Bouchard Père & Fils
It was in 1731 that Michel BOUCHARD founded the House of Bouchard Père et Fils, a very old House of Bourgogne wines whose traditions have been perpetuated over 9 generations and for more than 280 years.
Since 1775, the House of Bouchard has acquired parcel after parcel of Domaine which to this day covers 130 hectares of which only 12 are legally classified as Grands Crus at the very top of the qualitative hierarchy of Bourgognes. This Domaine includes parcels of vines called "climat" with mythical names: Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus, Bonnes-mares, Meursault Perrières...
1820: Bernard BOUCHARD buys the site of the former Château of Beaune, a royal fortress built in the fifteenth century, to store his wines in cellars 10 meters deep, which still houses today a unique collection of about 2000 bottles of the nineteenth century.
Traditions and Modernity could be the motto of this House which invested in 2005 in an efficient working tool, the Saint Vincent vat house in Savigny-lès-Beaune, based 5 meters underground thus allowing the grapes by gravitation to naturally access the 138 maceration vats or the presses. The wines are then aged in wood in a cellar with a capacity of 4000 barrels.
By draconian sorting, the harvest of Domaine is done manually in small boxes, by total or partial destemming according to the vintage, in soft pressing and the fermentation is done in small containers ensuring an optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, the vatting can last from 15 to 20 days, then the maturation is carried out for 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels, with a variable proportion of new barrels.