This Beaune 1er cru “Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus” Domaine 2017 from Bouchard Père & Fils takes its name from a historical anecdote linked to the Carmelite Marguerite du Saint-Sacrement. Indeed, she is said to have predicted the birth of the future King of France despite the infertility of his mother, Anne of Austria. This vineyard took the name of “Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus” following the birth of Louis XIV. Sold in 1791 during the sale of national assets, this terroir, with an east/south-east exposure on very gravelly clay-limestone soil, has since been the monopoly of the Bouchard Père & Fils company.
This wine has a strong wood and menthol elements all but dominate the earthy and spicy red dark pinot fruit scents. The sleek, intense and well-defined medium-bodied flavors exude evident minerality onto the much more complex and persistent finale where the wood telegraphed by the nose reemerges. This is really quite good though note that my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that the generous wood will ultimately be successfully integrated.