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Bouchard, Père et Fils (Burgundy) Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 1959
How nice to have this aged Grand Cru wine from Bouchard in glorious contrast to the village wine featured above in the under a tenner category. This bottle, from perhaps the greatest Burgundy vintage of the century, was brought from the cellars of a wonderful restaurant in the Loire Valley, showing a patina of age. The fragile cork was painstakingly removed, and the tasting measure poured into my glass. Absolute bliss. This was ethereal, sweet, simply gorgeous Burgundy at its best, with all sorts of floral nuances around a central core of still fresh, soft, yielding strawberry fruit, with lovely mocha-coffee hints and an earthy, brambly quality. There are truffle and damp, just-after-the-rain woodland notes too, but really this is remarkably fruity still. On the palate the picture continues, with silky texture and a sweet, mouthfilling breadth of fruit, buttressed by all sorts of game and vegetal nuances, and a warmimg background of sweet, mature tannins and pillowing oak. The length and purity is breathtaking, and this was a wine to savour and languish over for many hours. Heaven. This cost 75 in the restaurant, but expect to pay substantially more than this retail if you can find it in the UK!