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Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir 2020 (France)

Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir 2020 (France)

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Elegant ruby red in colour with a fine and subtle nose with pleasant aromas of small black fruits. The palate on the Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir 2020 vintage release is supple and round with soft tannins and a nice freshness. Enjoy with a plate of cured meats, pasta, meat pies, or daily typical French cuisine such as coq au vin, beef stew and camembert cheese.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Pinot Noir

Size: 750mL

Region:

ABV: 12.5%

Vintage: 2020

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Winery & Vintage Info

The Bourgogne rouge (red Burgundy) regional appellation is harvested throughout the Burgundy wine growing area, covering approximately 2,000 hectares.

The grapes for the Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir 2020 vintage mainly come from selected terroirs on the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise (in the South of Burgundy). A small part of their cuvée is also coming from the Côte de Nuits vineyards.

"Despite the year’s record temperatures and lack of rainfall, there is been no lack of quality, although yields are down, with an especially mixed picture with regard to reds. However, these have generally been very well-balanced. Overall, we have seen nice levels of acidity, promising good aging potential…"

All over Burgundy, 2020 was notable for its mildness and low rainfall. After a winter with no serious frosts, we went straight into a spring dominated by sunny, dry weather, resulting in very early bud break. Infrequent outbreaks of rain in June and July were not enough to stave off water shortages. Very high summer temperatures combined with intense sun exposure levels led to the vines gradually falling prey to hydric stress, causing delays to fruit ripening before harvest-time.

Once again, the vegetative cycle was shortened, being almost three weeks ahead of 2019’s. Thankfully, the harvest was saved by the relative cool of the nights. The harvest was of marvellous quality but there was very little juice in the red grapes (reduction of 30 to 50%), and reasonable potential alcohol, despite the heat. The whites, on the other hand, coped very well with these extreme conditions and yields were very good.

Relatively poor yields for the reds, normal yields for the whites. Some appellations achieved excellent levels of optimal ripeness, with 50% of grapes harvested with the ‘vendange entière’ (no de-stemming) approach.

Harvest started on the 21st August for the Côte Chalonnaise, more specifically, the Givry reds and then on the 23rd of August the first Chardonnay grapes were hand picked in the shape of the Beaune 1er cru Les Marconnets.

"A very promising year for the whites with a fine balance between acidity and alcohol and intense white fruit aromas. Alcoholic fermentation in barrels lasted four weeks. Millerandage affected the reds leading to less juice but nice colour and distinct red berry aromas. With its generous tannins, this year looks set to be one to cellar. However, there are some small variations from terroir to terroir. Côte Chalonnaise reds are characterized by jammy notes while the Côte Beaune have good aromatic intensity and nice colour. The Côte de Nuits is giving us some lovely cuvées just now with summer fruit notes and wonderfully velvety tannins." Winemaker Laurent Mairet

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