Bouchard Aîné & Fils 2006 Monthélie

Premier Cru “Le Meix Bataille”, Cuvée Signature
(red) Burgundy, France; 13% ABV
$12 at the Berkeley, CA store on 15 Nov

2006_Bouchard_Monthelie_1erCruThis is another of the group of Burgundies that came to a few San Francisco Bay Area stores (Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, I believe) and have now nearly all gone.  There were still a few of the Bouchard Nuits-Saint-George at Berkeley this afternoon.  My first of these was the Bouchard 2006 Santenay, which I thought was pretty good but probably better on the older end of the back label’s suggested aging of 7 – 10 years.

The back label of this wine suggested 7 – 9 years, and indeed, I found it more accessible and complex.  While it shared the Santenay’s tangy orange peel and rusty earth, its Pinot fruit was riper and darker, more medium to darker red cherry and kirsch, with complexities of other red / purple fruits and a little spice, although without the trace of the black fruit.  The Santenay I could critically say was pretty good; this wine was a delight to drink.


9 thoughts on “Bouchard Aîné & Fils 2006 Monthélie

  1. JoelA

    Opened a bottle of this last night and all of us fully agree with the reviews. Still has a bit of an edge so might go another year or two, but it’s quite fine right now.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Greetings MsLoathsome and welcome! And those bottles are down to $10 from $12. Please let us know how you like this wine if you try it.

      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi Seedboy. Thanks to your note, I got another bottle today at the Oakland store, along with the 2005 IO you and mereimage have praised. (And I could recommend them to others there.) Thank you!

  2. Seedboy

    I rather liked this wine also. This is not for those who expect all pinot noir to have substantial body and color, but it is quite tasty.


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