2016 Cédric Bouchard:
La Haute Lemblé, Les Ursules & La Bolorée

Posted by Joe Salamone

"Some of the most spectacular wines being made anywhere in the world" -Antonio Galloni

In many ways, Bouchard's approach is more Burgundian than Champenois. All of his wines are based on a single vineyard, single varietal, and single vintage bottled without dosage.

When Bouchard started in 2000, this philosophy was revolutionary. Soon, his cuvees took the wine world by storm.

photo of snowy vineyard

Bouchard's biggest break came in 2008 when Antonio Galloni's Champagne coverage placed Bouchard at the top of his list along with heavyweights like Krug's Clos du Mesnil, vintage Selosse, DP Oenotheque, etc. It was an incredible introduction for a producer few had ever heard of.

Today, I'm happy to offer three of Bouchard's top wines, La Haute Lemblé, Les Ursules & La Bolorée. 

La Haute Lemblé comes from a tiny 0.118ha parcel of Chardonnay. It's a warm south-facing site. The resulting wine is a force of nature combining power, tension, and explosive aromatics.

Les Ursules is a Blanc de Noirs coming from a 0.91ha vineyard. It boasts a grand architecture and a layer of dark berry fruits. Les Ursules comes from a north-facing slope. The marriage of intensity and finesse is amazing. 

La Bolorée is an outlier. It comes from a rare outcropping of Pinot Blanc. Unlike Bouchard's other vineyards, which are composed of clay with some chalk, Bolorée comes from soils that are primarily chalk. Sourced from vines planted in 1960, it's silky, rigorously defined, and has a radiant core. Bolorée is an utterly singular Champagne. 

The 2016 vintage was a challenging year complete with frosts, heat spikes, and rain. Still, Bouchard managed to produce an absolutely stunning lineup. Sadly, as is usually the case, quantities are limited. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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