Who would have thought that Burgundy would turn in such a fine effort in 2008? Our faith has been renewed in this illustrious wine region, which produces some of the world’s greatest red wines and an equal share of expensive, underwhelming efforts as well. In short, we were completely blown away by the delicacy, finesse, layered flavors and supreme texture of the 2008 Bouchard Beaune du Château Premier Cru – one of the most enjoyable red wines we have tasted from Burgundy’s fabled Côte de Beaune in a long, long time. Exhibiting the essence of Côte de Beaune Burgundy, this Premier Cru offering from Bouchard over-delivers in every sense. Eye catching with a sparkling, translucent, ruby red color, this Burgundy offers up more than eye appeal: Its fragrant aroma haunts the senses. A bouquet resplendent with the perfume of ripe red fruits, peat, graphite, deft touches of hickory nut, wood smoke and Asian spices tantalizes the olfactory. Layered, penetrating flavors add depth to this harmonious Pinot Noir, as silky, textured flavors work their magic in the mouth. And on the finish, the wine’s pleasantly smooth, spicy exit, replete with just the right touch of oak, made us all beg for more of this delightful Premier Cru from Bouchard. Although Bouchard’s Beaune de Château is immediately ingratiating upon the cork exiting the bottle, we highly suggest opening this delicate but complex Burgundy at least an hour ahead of consumption; you will be amazed by what emerges.