Bouchard Beaune Marconnets 2011
Bouchard Père & Fils 2011 Beaune Marconnets Premier Cru, Côte de Beaune | 12.5% | An outstanding domaine wine that is estate grown and made at the Château de Beaune at the heart of the Côte-d’Or of great character with wisps of pomegranate, the evocative and restorative fragrance of ferns caught right in their vernal yawning stretch at springtime, a bursting mouthful of crunchy red currants and a tenor timbre of woodsy spices both firm and warm. For all its immediate charms this intimate glimpse at Marconnets is more a crepuscular midsummer plunge in a lake than a warm midday soak of late Summer. It is a marvel to ponder and an even more rewarding wine in which one could simply engross oneself; it is a joy that consumes you, whose guiles you wish to be a part of and whose memory sustains you –perhaps even haunt you into a deeper faith in aesthetics and reliance on the reality that is terroir. For table talk, the name Marconnets is named for the Germanic tribe, the Macromans who lived in this northern most part of Beaune long ago in the 3rd century A.D.. Since 1791, Bouchard has farmed this 1er Cru of chalky marl to reveal every nuance Pinot Noir can translate from this fascinating parcel and the 2011 are drinking especially well –even now in their youth.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 25, 2014 (Fruit)
Roasted birds are a preternatural match but Pinot Noir goes with any number of dishes ranging from those incorporating wild game and foraged mushrooms to veal stews or grilled fleshy fish. For a classic cheese pairing hunt down some Epoisse...