A beguiling sense of underlying tension - 2012 Bouchard Beaune 1er Cru l'Enfant Jésus

Posted by Ian McFadden

"A beguiling sense of underlying tension"
2012 Bouchard Beaune
1er Cru l'Enfant Jésus 750s & MAGNUMS

Bouchard's l'Enfant Jésus defies Burgundy's neat hierarchies.

It can embarrass many a Grand Cru.

Often, when you taste at Bouchard, you'll be poured l'Enfant Jésus last. After stuff like Chambertin and Bonnes Mares.

This is one of the extremely rare moments in Burgundy where value, quality and ageability intersect.

I'm happy to offer Bouchard's 2012 Beaune 1er Cru l'Enfant Jésus 750s & Magnums for $99.95 and $199.95, respectively.

We've always been behind Bouchard's l'Enfant Jésus in a big way. What makes 2012 so painful is how tiny quantities are. We're only sending this to a very small group of Burgundy buyers.

The l'Enfant Jésus is a part of Beaune-Grèves, and if Beaune were to have a Grand Cru, it would be Grèves. Beaune-Grèves seems to combine the confident style of Pommard, its fullness of body and its muscle, with the signature elegance of Volnay.

The 2012 l'Enfant Jésus offers a beautiful prism through which to view this special site. It serves up an incredible fine-ness and power that's rife with earthy minerality, detailed red fruits and a complex array of savory notes. Above all else, it's a very classic showing of the concentrated elegance of l'Enfant Jésus that we love so much.

L'Enfant Jésus is one of Burgundy's big secrets that savvy buyers have caught on to. You'll often see l'Enfant Jésus stacked right next to the big dogs from DRC, Rousseau and Roumier in big-time collectors' cellars. Yet you'll also find the l'Enfant Jesus in more modest cellars for the simple fact is that this is one of the truly great values of the wine world.

The aging potential of l'Enfant Jésus is legendary. There are plenty of superlative Burghound notes on bottles from the late 1800s. I imagine that I'll spend time this evening allocating bottles and mags, but this is really worth checking out.

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

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "There is a trace of reduction present but not enough to materially detract from the violet, plum and liqueur-like dark currant aromas that are trimmed in a discreet application of wood. There is a beguiling sense of underlying tension to the broad-shouldered, rich, intense and like the Clos de la Mousse, relatively powerful flavors that exude a fine minerality on the serious, balanced and saline-inflected finish. This should be excellent in time though note that patience will be required."