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Cedric Bouchard: Champagne Shock Waves Continue...

Posted by Ian McFadden on October 6, 2009

Cedric Bouchard
The Champagne Shock Waves Continue...
New Releases including *Rare* Magnums and
100% Pinot Blanc Cuvee "Boloree"

"The explosive, kaleidoscopic Champagnes of Cedric Bouchard are some of the most compelling wines coming out of the region today... Readers should do whatever they can to experience these magnificent wines."
- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

We first introduced the rising Champagne star Cedric Bouchard in April of this year, in the wake of Antonio Galloni's stunning reviews. Antonio lavished Bouchard's singular Champagnes with the kind of weighty verbiage (and incredibly high scores) usually reserved for the elite houses of Champagne.

Cedric's humble one-man operation, with barely enough vineyard holdings to make five hundred cases, was suddenly in the company of Krug and the most admired and influential small producer in Champagne, Jacques Selosse.

As you'd expect with such an explosive entrance into the Champagne world, two things happened. First, heated discussions began in smart wine stores all over the country and on nearly every important wine bulletin board. Second, we sold out of our small parcel almost instantly.

The latest parcel is due to arrive in early November and we are once again able to feature the stunning value in Cedric's minuscule portfolio, the Val Vilaine. At only $52.95, this is the lowest price you are likely to see anywhere. This time, however, we have also received an extremely limited amount (we are talking bottles here) of his even rarer, top cuvées to explore, including a few magnums and Cedric's 100% Pinot Blanc cuvée, the Boloree. (See below for the entire offering.)

Bouchard's Champagnes are wines of incredibly fine detail, even when they are forceful or even plush. As Antonio Galloni recommends, we urge you to drink these Champagnes in white wine glasses rather then the more traditional flutes so the aromatics can really strut their stuff.

Cedric Bouchard does things differently. From the vineyard to the cellar, the focus is on the terroir. Bouchard is well beyond most in his almost relentless pursuit of simplicity: Single vineyard parcels, single vintages (even though they are labeled as NV), single varieties. The Val Vilaine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from a tiny vineyard (~1.5 hectares) still owned by Cedric's father. The site is farmed organically; yields are kept low by any viticultural standard, absurdly low by Champagne's normal standards. The Val Vilaine, as with all of Bouchard's wines, is fermented using only native yeast in stainless steal tanks. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added dosage.

Even if the initial uproar from Galloni's reviews has settled, we still receive calls and emails almost daily asking about these rare sparklers. This parcel is likely to sell out as quick, if not quicker, than the last.

Please give us your desired order and we will allocate accordingly. All orders subject to confirmation - most of the bottlings arrive in early November. To order, email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director of Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Cedric Bouchard

2007 Inflorescence "Val Vilaine" Blanc de Noirs
Special Email Price: $52.95
Compare at $60+
100% Pinot Noir, sourced from a small 1.5 hectare vineyard owned by Cedric's father. This is an incredible value for the seriousness of the bottling; the 2006, writes Galloni, was made from yields as ludicrously low as 26 hectoliters per hectare. Very floral and mineral, with an airy fullness to the wine that is both expansive and detailed. This is the "go to" sparkler for the Cedric Bouchard experience.

2007 Roses de Jeanne "Ursules" Blanc de Noirs
Special Email Price: $67.95
Compare at $75
Writes Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate: "The Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs 'Les Ursules' may very well be one of the finest Pinot Noir wines of Champagne." Beautiful Pinot fruit, full yet plenty finessed. Note: The 750ml is from the 2007 vintage; this is a new release.

2005 Roses de Jeanne "Ursules" Blanc de Noirs Magnum
Special Email Price: $229.95
Compare at $315
Writes Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate: "The Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs 'Les Ursules' may very well be one of the finest Pinot Noir wines of Champagne." Beautiful Pinot fruit, full yet plenty finessed. This rare magnum is a late-release, from the 2005 vintage. Exceedingly rare.

2005 Roses de Jeanne "Boloree" 100% Pinot Blanc
Special Email Price: $124.95
Compare at $143
One of Bouchard's rarest cuvées, sourced from 100% Pinot Blanc which Cedric claims is a traditional, and semi-forgotten variety for the region.


Wine arrives in early November
Net / No further discounts


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