The Unlikely Flagship, Back-Vintage Edition:
2002 Bouchard Beaune 1er Cru l'Enfant Jésus

Posted by Ian McFadden

L'Enfant Jésus occupies a unique place in red Burgundy.

It's an example of where Burgundy's neat hierarchies become blurred. Put l'Enfant Jésus in a blind tasting next to Grand Crus and there's no doubt that it will hold its own. It overachieves in that big of a way. It's Bouchard's flagship bottling.

It's been nearly four years since we've offered Bouchard's l'Enfant Jésus. When I saw this parcel, I didn't hesitate.

L'Enfant Jésus is one of the big secrets of seasoned Burgundy buyers. The aging potential of l'Enfant Jésus is legendary. There are plenty of superlative Burghound notes on bottles from the late 1800s. To provide some additional context, when you taste at Bouchard, you'll be poured l'Enfant Jésus last. After stuff like Chambertin and Bonnes Mares.

The 2002 vintage is considered one of the best Burgundy vintages in the past fifteen years. There's a magical combination of nimble finesse and flavor impact. It's a special vintage of depth and vibrant acidity. The 2002 l'Enfant Jésus boasts the vintage's completeness in a really profound way.

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.

As I said earlier, simply put, l'Enfant Jésus can go head-to-head with many Grand Crus. It's really rare that I get to offer Burgundy with over fifteen years of age on it and from a great vintage at pricing like this. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits