Continuing on with the Wine Berserkers forum's annual Burgundy appellation tasting, I recently joined in by opening a couple of wines from the village of Beaune. To play along this time, I recently chose a little wine from Domaine Bouchard, a huge Domaine and negociant in Burgundy. Bouchard is literally one of the biggest houses with over 130 hectares (that's about 320 acres!) of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Bouchard is also one of the older domaines in Beaune, having been established in 1731.
I opened the 2006 Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune 1er Chateau de Beaune. This is a pretty wine with floral and red fruits dominating. It is slightly simple with forward cherry and berry notes and a touch of earthiness. Little hints of damp earth emerge with air time. This wine is considered a Premier Cru; however, unlike most premiers that come from one single vineyard, this wine is a blend of numerous premier vineyards in Beaune. Drinking well already; there is nary a hard edge on this wine that is consistently a nice value in recent vintages.