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THE WINE AUCTION IN HONG KONG WAS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL! On Saturday, September 3rd, in Hong Kong, we put on sale, in partnership with Christie’s, some 2,000 bottles of our rare and legendary collection, of 1846 to 2009 vintages.

The wines presented come directly from our cellars, where they have been stored in optimum conditions for nearly two centuries. They represent a particularly extensive overview of the “Climats” of Burgundy and its vintages, since 1846. All the lots, whether from the Côtes de Beaune or de Nuits, even the least renowned, met with great success.
The 19th century cuvées proved the most popular: the bottle of Chambertin 1865 was sold for €35,219, becoming the most expensive Burgundy bottle in the world! The Montrachet 1865 found a buyer for €22,540, the Volnay Santenots 1865 for €21,131, the Meursault Charmes 1846 for €15,496, and the Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 1865 for €13,383.
The success of this event perfectly illustrates what Bouchard Père & Fils embodies: a leading Burgundy Maison that has cultivated, for near on 3 centuries, the art of perfectionism and a genuine love for the top Burgundy vineyards.

 

 

CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER EX-CELLAR BOUCHARD PÈRE ET FILS - vintages like 1846 and 1865.

Christie’s upcoming sale on 3 September shines a light on Burgundy’s ‘golden slope’, the Cote d’Or and one of its most historic domaines, Bouchard Père et Fils which was established in 1731.It will offer an extremely rare chance for Burgundy wine lovers to bid on back vintages, extending back into the 19thcentury.

Tim Triptree, Christie’s head of sales said: “The historic vintages direct from the cellars of Bouchard Père et Fils is a once-in-a-lifetime auction of unprecedented size and diversity. Truly a journey back in time through the many decades of Burgundy, including rarely seen vintages, such as exceedingly rare bottles of 1846 & 1858 Meursault Charmes and 1864 Montrachet.

“The sale also features multiple vintages of their iconic wines, Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, Volnay Caillerets, Le Corton and Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte.”

The wines will come directly from the cellars of Bouchard’s Château de Beaune with five different label designs selected according to the labels used in that period as well as proof-tag seals to affirm their provenance.Christie’s sale points to Burgundy’s continued popularity in Asia – especially of rare bottles which are guaranteed ex-cellar.

 

Bouchard recorks its wines of a particular appellation and vintage every 25-30 years to enhance the wines’ ageing potential, choosing only those that remain in perfect condition. Each new cork states the appellation, vintage and recorking year and the domaine recently announced that it has recently recorked all of its Montrachet 1963 vintage in all formats.

Bouchard Père et Fils’ total holdings comprise 130 hectares, including 12 hectares of grand crus and 74 hectares of premier crus, making them the largest vineyard owners in the Côte d’Or.

 

Highlights of the sale include:

  • One bottle of 1846 Meursault Charmes, recorked in 2013 – HK$40,000-80,000
  • One bottle of 1865 Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, recorked in 2013 – HK$20,000-40,000
  • One bottle of 1885 Montrachet, recorked in 1992 – HK$20,000-40,000
  • Three bottles of 1945 Musigny, recorked in 1996 – HK$12,000-18,000
  • A mixed case of Volnay Caillerets with one bottle each from the 1885, 1924, 1926, 1929 and 1934 vintages and a bottle each of Pommard Rugiens from 1926 and 1929 – HK$15,000-24,000

The sale will take place in Hong Kong on 3 September and also includes more Burgundy, including a large parcel of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, from other collections.

 

THE SEASON HAS STARTED AT BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS

It is the start of the high season again and our wine store has been open, at its usual times, since the start of April.

You can pop in anytime from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 18:30 from Monday to Saturday, and 10:00 to 12:30 on Sunday.
We also offer a guided tour of our cellars, followed by a tasting, every day at 15:00 in French and 16:00 in in English. A private tour can also be booked in advance.
If you are a wine enthusiast and want to improve your wine knowledge, then why not sign up for one of our wine tourism weekends?
There are a few remaining places for the weekend of 24 and 25 April, dedicated to the Beaune and Meursault appellations.
If you fancy a trip through the vineyards and a tour of our cellars, along with a delicious wine tasting and good food, email us at caveau@bouchard-pereetfils.com, or call us on Tel: 03 80 24 80 45, to request our programme.

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History

Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for over 280 years and 9 generations.

In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les Caillerets” climat and started to develop the family’s vineyard holdings. During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale.  Joseph’s son, Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard, seized the opportunity to extend the family’s vineyard holdings in Beaune including the famous “Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus.”

This desire to build up an exceptional estate in Côte d’Or endured through the generations and acquisitions in the best Villages were added throughout the 19th century and again in the early 20th century.

 

In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15thcentury by King Louis XI. Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts of the ramparts, still stand todayand have featured on the list of historic monuments since 1937.The cellars run deep underground beneath the property providing ideal natural storage conditions for Bouchard Père & Fils’ fine wines.  Up to 10 metres deep, the wines develop and age undisturbed. These include a unique collection of over 2,000 bottles from the 19th century. A priceless historical legacy with, as its icon, the oldest wine – a Meursault Charmes 1846 which still retains its luster.

Over time, by acquiring various terroirs with great care and patience, Bouchard Père & Fils has  built up the biggest domaine in the Côte d’Or.  Today the estate boasts 130 hectares of vines, of which 12 are classed Grand Cru and 74 classed as Premier Cru.

Bouchard Père & Fils is an example of unique Burgundy heritage, offering great diversity and a raft of prestigious  appellations: Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Beaune Greves Vignes de l’Enfant Jésus, Bonnes-Mares, Meursault Perrières… names that resonate with history, inspiring respect and encouraging the pursuit of excellence, with 4 monopolies and exclusivities among them. These remarkable parcels are meticulously tended by our teams who are responsible for the maintenance of the estate’s vines.

The wines of Bouchard Père & Fils are the result of a subtle balance between nature and craftsmanship, of a winemaking process that is progressive and slow, and always carried out with the utmost attention to detail.  The wines offer an array of sensations, and a unique, timeless experience.

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Vineyards

With a lineage of prestigious master-winemakers and experts in every trades involved in winemaking, Bouchard Père & Fils strives to understand each terroir, master each vine and to check each bunch of grapes which go into the fine wines that carry the estate’s label.

 

The estate’s configuration, extending as it does over 48 km from north to south with a mosaic of 450 different vineyards, protects Bouchard Père & Fils from localised weather events such as hail, storms or frost. However, this does entail having to have teams on the ground throughout the vineyards.

 

The multitude of vineyard parcels receives special care and attention all year round. Every Bouchard Père & Fils vineyard has been managed using sustainable viticulture for many years in order to bring out the authenticity and full potential of the wines. Bouchard Père & Fils’ constant attention to detail also continues at harvest time when the grapes are harvested by hand, placed in small crates, and then carefully selected on sorting tables.

Careful harvesting by hand

Working the vineyards by hand, the use of age-old traditions to obtain purity of aromas

At the domain, each wine grower is personally responsible for 45,000 vines (3.65 Hectares), which the grower must tend to throughout the year until harvest time. The work in the vineyard is mainly carried out by hand. The grower is constantly seeking a balance between human intervention and biological cycle to allow the terroir to fully express its multiple nuances.Harvesting is also carried out by hand and the grapes, collected in special crates, are meticulously sorted by hand on the sorting table.

 

The Bouchard Père & Fils team works hard to ensure that the company’s requirements and meticulous approach are applied “with the precision of a goldsmith” at each stage of a wine’s creation. Respecting tradition yet resolutely forward looking, Bouchard Père & Fils equipped itself with the means to fulfil its ambition in 2005, when it inaugurated the superb Saint Vincent vinification facility in Savigny-lès-Beaune. This facility enables excellence to be pursued at every stage of the vinification process.

- At the optimal date for each vineyard - optimal maturity is determined by analyzing several hundreds of samples taken over a period of a few weeks

- In small crates of 13 kg max in order not to crush the precious grapes - 200-300 grape pickers split into 5-6 teams - Arrival of the grapes at the Saint Vincent winery in under an hour - All harvested grapes must go through the sorting table

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Winemaking

Bouchard Père & Fils applies the “precision of a goldsmith” to each stage of winemaking. In this pursuit of precision, Bouchard Père & Fils invested in a high-tech facility in 2005, the St. Vincent winery in Savigny-les-Beaune. Located 5 metres below ground level, the vinification vat room enables grapes to be transferred naturally, by gravity, into 138 maceration tanks or presses. Over 100 different wines are vinified here. They are then matured in oak in a cellar with a 4,000 barrel capacity.

 

This maturation period allows the purity of the aromas and the organoleptic profile of each terroir to express themselves to the full. Dug 10 metres below ground, with no covering other than the earth itself, the barrel cellar provides ideal, natural conditions of ventilation and humidity for the wines to complete their long maturation process.

After bottling, the ageing period commences. The Château’s cellars, also nearly 10 metres below ground, offer perfect conditions for ageing Bouchard Père & Fils’ wines.

Depending on the vineyard parcel and the appellation, the estate’s wines can be matured for over a year in oak barrel.  Thanks to the natural hygrometry and constant temperature, the Grand Crus, from a young age, benefit from an environment which is perfect for long periods of undisturbed ageing, and they can remain for several hundred years after bottling in the protective silence of the cellars which date back to the 15th Century.

The subtle art of creating wine, where every step of the ageing process is carried-out with extreme care, contributes to the story of each wine, a story that unfolds with each vintage.

 

Four monopolies

& prestigious exclusivities

Over the years, Bouchard Père & Fils has built up an exceptional estate, which now extends over 130 hectares of vineyards in the heart of the Côte d’Or, 12 of them are Grands Crus and 74 Premiers Crus. It keeps a close eye over its four monopolies and exclusivities, remarkable vineyards which receive the attentive care of the teams in charge of viticulture and the main- tenance of the estate’s vineyards.

 Beaune Grèves 1er Cru red Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus - 3.92 Hectares The name, which translates as «Vine of Baby Jesus», refers to an old story. It is said that marguerite du Saint-Sacrement, Carmelite founder of the “Domestiques de la Famille du Saint Enfant Jésus”, predicted the birth of King Louis XIV of France although his mother Anne of Austria was barren. On the birth of the future “Roi Soleil”, this excep- tional vineyard belonging to the Carmelites took the name of «Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus”. In 1791, when all national property was sold off, Bouchard Père & Fils acquired the vineyard, located in the heart of 32 hectares of the prestigious Beaune Grèves appellation. It remains a Bouchard Père & Fils exclusivity to this today.

 

 Beaune 1er Cru white Clos Saint-Landry, Monopoly – 1.98 Hectares It is on the site of this remarkable vineyard where the oldest traces of the Chardonnay variety can be found in Beaune, quite a rarity in this Pinot noir territory! Before it was given the appellation of Clos Saint-Landry, this vineyard appeared under the name Tiélandry meaning the estate of a certain Landry. It then became the property of the Abbey of maizières before being purchased by Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard in 1791. Since then, Bouchard Père & Fils has kept a precious hold on the monopoly of this prestigious white Premier Cru.

 

Cru red Clos de la Mousse, Beaune 1er Monopoly – 3.36 Hectares

The earliest records of Clos de la mousse date back to 1220, when it was bequeathed to notre- Dame de Beaune by Canon Edme de Saudon. During the Revolution, this fine vineyard was divided up. In the 19th century, the Bouchard family bought several plots of this delicate cru to obtain exclusivity. The 3.36 hectares of this Clos were fully reunited in April 13, 1872 with the acquisition of the last vineyard of “20 ares 28 centiares”. This Premier Cru has been a Bouchard Père & Fils monopoly ever since and its surrounding wall can still be seen today.

 

 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru La Cabotte - 0.21 Hectares

In Burgundy, a “cabotte” meant a little dry stone shelter on the edge of the vineyards, which the growers used for protection in bad weather. The cabotte which gave its name to Chevalier-montrachet Grand Cru La Cabotte can still be seen standing in the middle of the vineyard. Bouchard Père & Fils vinifies the grapes from this small vineyard (21 ares) separately as it is the most prestigious of Chevalier-montrachet. The land sits right next to montrachet, and was part of the same appellation in the early 20th century.

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43 different wines with 245 vintages

Winemaking since 1731

  • Philippe Prost

    Cellar Master
    “Our motto is “No rules”. Our approach is to go with the terroirs and the vintage, to adapt ourselves to each vineyard, each year, so that we can coax out the purest expression and the finest emotions ... There is a great deal of risk involved in this listening approach, as well as humility towards the living matter that is wine, but it is an extremely rewarding challenge.”
  • Joseph Henriot

    President
    “Some modern techniques can take advantage of natural conditions much better than the empirical methods handed down by tradition. Our art is to retain those traditions that have given us positive benefits, but to be able to adopt modern methods when these represent progress."
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