Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2019

  • Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy
  • In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les Caillerets” climat
  • During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale.
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  • Decanter
    93 points
  • Burghound
    94 points
  • Vinous
    94 points

Editors notes

Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les Caillerets” climat and started to develop the family’s vineyard holdings. During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale. Joseph’s son, Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard, seized the opportunity to extend the family’s vineyard holdings in Beaune including the famous “Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus.” This desire to build up an exceptional estate in Côte d’Or endured through the generations and acquisitions in the best Villages were added throughout the 19th century and again in the early 20th century.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Decanter

    "Rugiens is known for its ruddy soil, with a high percentage of iron. The 0.42ha parcel owned by Bouchard, however, is completely located in the upper part, called Rugiens-Haut, with a soil that is more white marl. As a consequence it lacks the power of wines from Rugiens Bas, but the trade-off is that it is not at all rustic and has a very elegant texture, plus a lovely red fruit expression."
  • Burghound

    "This is an interesting wine as the nose is extremely ripe yet it's also extremely fresh with a mélange of liqueur-like red and dark berries, earth and a plenitude of spice elements. There is almost painful intensity to the larger-scaled flavors that are at once muscular yet refined while flashing good minerality on the youthfully austere and sneaky long finale. This too is also quite tightly wound, and I would leave it alone for at least a decade. Drink 2034+."
  • Vinous

    "The 2019 Pommard Les Rugiens 1er Cru is much more intense on the nose than the Pommard 1er Cru, offering layers of red berry fruit, wild hedgerow, fern and tea leaf scents. The medium-bodied palate is harmonious with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, and gentle grip on the saline finish. A tang of Japanese nori lingers on the aftertaste. Impressive. Drink 2024 - 2040."

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.


Pommard is an appellation village of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, France. It received its appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) in 1936 – one of the first to do so. It sits between Beaune and Volnay and includes 28 Premiers Crus, including the famed vineyards of Les Rugiens and Les Épenots. The area is renowned for producing exclusively red wines from the Pinot Noir grape. These wines are typically deep red in colour. On the nose, expect powerful aromatics of black and red fruits, such as blackberry, ripe plum, and cherry pit. With age, these aromas concentrate even further, and notes of leather, pepper, and chocolate develop. These wines also boast reasonably high tannin content; with significant ageing, these dense, firm tannins soften and smooth out, resulting in fruit-filled, textural, robust wines.

About the brand Bouchard Père and Fils

Founded in 1731, Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils is now renowned and respected as one of the finest producers in Burgundy. They are the largest owner of 1er Cru and Grand Cru sites in the Côte d'Or and own sites in key 'climats' including Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet, Bonnes-Mares, Meursault Perrières. The estate even has holding in some of the most prestigious monopoles including ‘Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte’ and ‘Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus’.

The acquisition of such a vast array of vineyards didn't happen overnight. In fact the estate is one of the oldest in Burgundy and for over 280 years or 9 generations, they have been steadily expanding the family's holdings. They now own 12ha of Grand Cru vineyards and an astonishing 74ha of Premier Cru vineyards across the Côte d’Or.

The cellars that run 10m deep underground beneath the Château de Beaune is the storage location for the development and ageing of the wines. The cellar provides ideal natural storage conditions for the fine wines of Bouchard Père & Fils. Incredibly, the oldest wine at Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils is a prized bottle of 1946 Meursault Charmes.

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