Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils
Bouchard Pere & Fils can trace their origins back to 1731 when the house was founded by Michel Bouchard in Beaune, making it one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy. In 1775 Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the celebrated climat of Les Caillerets and began to develop the family's vineyard holdings. His son Antoine Philibert Joseph expanded further during the French Revolution when land belonging to the clergy and nobility were confiscated and put up for sale, and one of the vineyards he managed to acquire at this time was the famous Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries acquisitions continued, and now they have some of the most exceptional vineyard holdings throughout the Côte d'Or with 130 hectares of their own vines, planted on a mosaic of 450 different vineyards sites, of which 12 are classified Grand Cru and 74 as Premier Cru. They boast a unique Burgundy heritage, offering great variation and a host of prestigious appellations, including Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Bonnes-Mares, and Meursault Perrière – these are names that resonate with history. In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. The cellars are up to 10 metres deep, and here the Bouchard Pere & Fils wines develop and age undisturbed alongside a unique collection of over 2,000 bottles from the 19th century. This is a priceless historical legacy, and their oldest wine is a Meursault Charmes 1846! In 1995 Bouchard Pere & Fils was acquired by Joseph Henriot and is now part of Maisons & Domaines Henriot. At Bouchard Pere & Fils' modern cuverie they vinify more than 100 crus, combining tradition with innovation and striving to express the distinctiveness of each vineyard and vintage. In this pursuit of excellence they apply meticulous precision to each stage of winemaking. These truly exceptional Burgundies are a delight for lovers of fine wine – the sublime in a glass!