Bouchard Volnay Clos des Chenes 2006
"A slightly riper nose features a violet floral nose along with blue and red pinot fruit that precedes very rich and relatively powerful medium plus-bodied flavors that offer excellent volume and ample mouth coating sap and while the finish is not as precise, there is perhaps even better overall depth. A choice. *Sweet spot Outstanding*" --Burghound*Wines will be available for delivery on 10/28*
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Burgundy represents, for many, the epitome of world-class winemaking. Standing amongst the most historic Burgundian houses of this famed French region is Labouré-Roi. Established in 1832, this forward-thinking winery is today one of the appellation’s most successful and prolific producers with wines distributed to over thirty countries worldwide and annual sales revenues in excess of $70 million. On each bottle of Labouré-Roi is the regal fleur-de-lys, the emblem of the French King Louis VII. While this house respects its remarkable heritage, it has embraced the future like few other Burgundian producers. Labouré-Roi’s winemaking facility is indeed one of the more technically-advanced within the region, with a cellaring capacity of 1,300 barrels. This supplements an impressive 16th century cellar, which is still used for storage and aging of select bottles. Located in Nuits-Saint-George, Labouré-Roi has long been committed to making world-class wine accessible to all. To that end, it currently works with an impressive one hundred growers throughout nearly every major winemaking region of France, from regional appellations and the most celebrated Burgundy villages, to superlative Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. Labouré-Roi’s fine wines have over the years received numerous international awards and accolades. Production Area The village of Volnay is located south of Beaune and the neighboring village of Pommard. In the Middles Ages, it was the summer home of the Dukes of Burgundy, one of whom, Hugues IV, built a castle here in 1250. The soils in this area are predominantly chalk and brown limestone with iron. Vineyards enjoy an east and south east exposure at between 220 and 380 meters. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification After the grapes are hand harvested, fermentation takes place for 20 days in stainless steel tanks, with cold maceration for 6 days at controlled temperatures of 46 ° F and 9 days of fermentation with punch down three times daily. For 5 days, pumping over takes place twice / day followed by a vertical pressing. Aging occurs in Burgundian oak barrels, 40% of which are new, 20% one-year old and 40% two-years old. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked once in March 2007 and then put into steel tanks in November. Bottled January 2008. Color Deep ruby red Bouquet Red and black fruits, especially red cherries, with toasted notes of coffee; a hint of minerality from the rock-based Premier Cru Pitures. Taste Predominant red fruit flavors and ripe tannins; full mouth feel with long finish over notes of cherries and roasted coffee beans. Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Like all red Burgundies of this quality, serve at cellar temperature of approx. 59° F.