IN THE HEART OF THE VINES
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 estates label.
The estates 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.
THE ART OF CREATION
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-lès-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 Châteaus 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 estates 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.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
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.