Pierre Bourée

Pierre Bourée founded this estate in Gevrey-Chambertin in 1864 and passed it down through his family, each generation developing the cellars and vineyard sites. Now under the management of Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet, it works with growers all over Burgundy producing a number of top village wines. A stand out wine is the Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers loaded with exotic spice and violets married to blackcurrant and cherry fruit aromas.  A truly opulent palate with great balance, velvety tannins and a long, aromatic, complex finish. 

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Since the late 1970s, domaine-bottled rather than négociant Burgundies have generally been more sought-after by specialists and amateurs alike. With Pinot Noir, that most magical yet elusive of varieties, authenticity and the specificity of terroir seemed better represented by private growers than by négociants. Not only the latters' scale of production, but in some cases abuses, went a long way to justify this view. Individual growers, from the aristocrat to the peasant, were inheritors of a centuries-old culture and understanding of the earth, that gave life and wonder to the wines. Sadly, this culture is in danger of being lost. Increased prosperity and a new generation less rooted in the soil, coupled with external influences, are severing a thousand year-old threat, and whatever the professed respect for terroir, too often the old sensibility is no longer there. 

That richness of culture can still be found with a few small négociants-éleveurs, all-too-rare family concerns endowed with their own vineyard holdings and generations of received experience, alive to the infinite nuance and delicacy of balance that Pinot Noir can give. Fortunate in having excellent vineyard holdings of their own, Bourée, based in Gevrey-Chambertin, are exponents of a traditional style redolent of the great age of Burgundian gastronomy. Brothers Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet are only the fourth generation to run Pierre Bourée Fils since 1864, and produce classic red Burgundy with fine keeping potential, neither densly coloured nor heavy, but gently extraced wines with a remarkable spicy, floral, and savoury range that can develop beautifully into a true bouquet and 'queue de paon', a Burgundian term for a finish spreading like a peacock's tail. Balance, finesse, and aromatic subtlety are the criteria here, rather than weight and power. It is rare in Burgundy to find equal mastery of red and white wines, but Bernard Vallet is a brilliant vinifier of both. 

Pierre Bourée

Pierre Bourée founded this estate in Gevrey-Chambertin in 1864 and passed it down through his family, each generation developing the cellars and vineyard sites. Now under the management of Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet, it works with growers all over Burgundy producing a number of top village wines. A stand out wine is the Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers loaded with exotic spice and violets married to blackcurrant and cherry fruit aromas.  A truly opulent palate with great balance, velvety tannins and a long, aromatic, complex finish. 

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Since the late 1970s, domaine-bottled rather than négociant Burgundies have generally been more sought-after by specialists and amateurs alike. With Pinot Noir, that most magical yet elusive of varieties, authenticity and the specificity of terroir seemed better represented by private growers than by négociants. Not only the latters' scale of production, but in some cases abuses, went a long way to justify this view. Individual growers, from the aristocrat to the peasant, were inheritors of a centuries-old culture and understanding of the earth, that gave life and wonder to the wines. Sadly, this culture is in danger of being lost. Increased prosperity and a new generation less rooted in the soil, coupled with external influences, are severing a thousand year-old threat, and whatever the professed respect for terroir, too often the old sensibility is no longer there. 

That richness of culture can still be found with a few small négociants-éleveurs, all-too-rare family concerns endowed with their own vineyard holdings and generations of received experience, alive to the infinite nuance and delicacy of balance that Pinot Noir can give. Fortunate in having excellent vineyard holdings of their own, Bourée, based in Gevrey-Chambertin, are exponents of a traditional style redolent of the great age of Burgundian gastronomy. Brothers Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet are only the fourth generation to run Pierre Bourée Fils since 1864, and produce classic red Burgundy with fine keeping potential, neither densly coloured nor heavy, but gently extraced wines with a remarkable spicy, floral, and savoury range that can develop beautifully into a true bouquet and 'queue de paon', a Burgundian term for a finish spreading like a peacock's tail. Balance, finesse, and aromatic subtlety are the criteria here, rather than weight and power. It is rare in Burgundy to find equal mastery of red and white wines, but Bernard Vallet is a brilliant vinifier of both. 

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  1. Sale Pierre Bourée, Bourgogne Blanc Pinot Beurot, 2014 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Pierre Bourée, Bourgogne Blanc Pinot Beurot, 2014

    Bourgogne , Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - CFW

    Reminiscent of the aromatic charm of Alsatian Pinot Gris, but more discreet and with Burgundian mineral freshness and expression of being vinified in barrel, there are fresh pâtisserie notes of mineral peach and floral spice, and on the palate, creamy fruit with a good backbone of acidity, and a lingering finish. 

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  2. Pierre Bourée, Fixin La Croix Blanche, 2011

    Pierre Bourée, Fixin La Croix Blanche, 2011

    Fixin La Croix Blanche, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - CFW

    Majestic palate. Deep minerality, refined tannins, and a broad flow of fruit behind revealing spicy and savoury complexity, mineral and fresh beneath. Premier cru quality.

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  3. New Beaune-Epenottes 1er Cru 2012 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Pierre Bourée, Beaune-Epenottes 1er Cru, 2012

    Beaune-Epenottes 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - CFW

    Heady aromas characterised by floral musk and spice, with refined blackcurrant, plum, and fresh fig, and a fresh mineral base. 

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  4. New Pierre Bourée, Meursault, 2015 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Pierre Bourée, Meursault, 2015

    Meursault, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - CFW

    Very good palate, balanced, ample, and fresh with good mineral base and development, and long finish. 

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  5. Pierre Bourée, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, 2011

    Pierre Bourée, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, 2011

    Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2028
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - CFW

    Exotic spice, violet and musk married to blackcurrant and cherry fruit aromas with deep minerality. Opulent palate with fresh balance, velvety tannins, and long aromatic complexity in the finish.

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  6. New Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2012 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Pierre Bourée, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, 2012

    Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - CFW

    Perfectly balanced concentration, with a silky full structure, and great length and breadth.

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  7. New Pierre Bourée Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Morgeots 2014 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Pierre Bourée, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Morgeots, 2014

    Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - CFW

    Fine balance, good concentration and depth, mineral centre and development, and a long aromatic finish.

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  8. Pierre Bourée, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2011

    Pierre Bourée, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2011

    Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - CFW

    Cathedral incense-like spice, great closed depth and concentration. Very velvety and spicy palate, with lifted floral violet, and lovely depth, spread and dimension of fruit; very long broad finish.

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    Pierre Bourée, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2012

    Charmes-Chambertin, Burgundy, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - CFW

    Aromatically vivid and intense with a latent opulence of red fruits, floral rose and violet, refined spice, savoury note, and fresh mineral depth.

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