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Bouchard Pere et Fils
Maison Bouchard Pére et Fils was founded in 1731 by a cloth merchant from Dauphine named Michel Bouchard. By the end of his life, he had assembled the négociant operation which would grow into what is today the largest owner of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte d'Or. The domaine can count 130 hectares to its name, located in Chevalier-Montrachet, Corton, Chambertin, and Clos Vougeot and to name just a few sites. All together, Bouchard produces an astounding 80 crus each vintage.

This heft in the market would barely be worth remarking, if it weren't for the consistently excellent wines produced by the domaine. The broad range of red wines all display superb freshness and purity of fruit as well as considerable aging potential. Bouchard takes whites seriously too: these come from some of the greatest sites in Burgundy--especially Montrachet-- and are intensely flavored and vibrant, never heavy or over the top.

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About Beaujolais

Made from the Gamay grape, the red wines of Beaujolais are mostly exuberantly fruity and brisk wines that are often served lightly chilled for added refreshment. There is also a small amount of white Beaujolais, made from Chardonnay, but little of this is exported to the U.S. Today, the overwhelming majority of Beaujolais production is controlled by negociants, of whom Georges Duboeuf is the undisputed king.

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