Woodman Wines & Spirits presents a Burgundian favourite at Vintages…

Bouchard Père & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune 2018
LCBO #545798 | $42.95

The Draw:
The last few years of wine produced in Burgundy have greatly benefitted from warming trends, yielding riper bottles more accessible in youth. Savigny-lès-Beaune as an appellation has always demonstrated a fine balance between freshness and weight, leaning into the softer tones of the area. Strawberry and cherry cede to earthy mushroom, all holding a lively tension. Lovely expression and length!

The Winery:
Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries 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. Over time, by acquiring various terroirs with great care and patience, Bouchard Père & Fils has built up a vast domaine in Côte-d’Or. Today the estate boasts 130 hectares of vines, of which 12 are classed Grand Cru and 74 classed as Premier Cru.

Pairings and Tips:
Drink or hold is the eternal question when approaching Burgundy. While you’d be rightly rewarded for laying this bottling down a year or two, this Village-level wine won’t hurt to enjoy right now. Be brave and try that duck recipe you’ve been putting off! Or, for a simpler meal, consider pork or portobello schnitzel. (One can never go wrong with mushrooms and Pinot.)


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