Cédric Bouchard

Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

9.3422 ratings
9.3133 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Lee Pitofsky

Always and forever my favorite grower (that I have frequently enough). Here, his entry level bottle from 2014 vintage. Always single vineyard, single variety and single vintage. Wonderful intensity and really solid complexity. Baked pears and golden apples, spices and flowers. Finishes with very good length and depth. Never ceases to impress.

Always and forever my favorite grower (that I have frequently enough). Here, his entry level bottle from 2014 vintage. Always single vineyard, single variety and single vintage. Wonderful intensity and really solid complexity. Baked pears and golden apples, spices and flowers. Finishes with very good length and depth. Never ceases to impress.

May 23rd, 2020
Shay A
9.3

V17 (so 2017 vintage) April 2019 disgorgement. These wines are made as a single vintage, single vineyard, single varietal and very low dosage. A darling of the grower champagne movement.

The fruit here is crazy intense, both aromatically and on the palate. Spiced prickly pear, mango, oxidized apple and wild herbs. It’s racy and nervy on the palate sporting honeyed stone fruits, limestone and sea salt. Didn’t pick up much yeast character as this is fairly lean, but the slight autolysis flair was welcomed and gave this a nice boost in complexity. For being so low in dosage, this is surprisingly (in a good way) full bodied and even somewhat creamy in texture. Very enjoyable. Thanks for helping me get my hands on a bottle
@joe leatherwood .

V17 (so 2017 vintage) April 2019 disgorgement. These wines are made as a single vintage, single vineyard, single varietal and very low dosage. A darling of the grower champagne movement.

The fruit here is crazy intense, both aromatically and on the palate. Spiced prickly pear, mango, oxidized apple and wild herbs. It’s racy and nervy on the palate sporting honeyed stone fruits, limestone and sea salt. Didn’t pick up much yeast character as this is fairly lean, but the slight autolysis flair was welcomed and gave this a nice boost in complexity. For being so low in dosage, this is surprisingly (in a good way) full bodied and even somewhat creamy in texture. Very enjoyable. Thanks for helping me get my hands on a bottle
@joe leatherwood .

May 17th, 2020
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9.3

Bouchard’s Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine is especially strong in 2017 and also a fabulous introduction to this range of magnificent Champagnes. Beautifully resonant and inviting, the 2017 is so gorgeous. Pear, baked apple, dried flowers, mint and spice all build as the 2017 opens up in the glass. More than anything else, the 2017 impresses with its poise and raciness. The slightly reductive character found in some previous releases is not present in the 2017, and that really lets the purity of the fruit shine through. Bouchard does not push this site to the degree he does most of his other vineyards, so the Val Vilaine doesn’t quite offer the complexity of the top wines here, but words really can’t do justice to just how delicious the 2017 is. Don’t miss it. No dosage. Disgorged: April, 2019. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019)

Bouchard’s Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine is especially strong in 2017 and also a fabulous introduction to this range of magnificent Champagnes. Beautifully resonant and inviting, the 2017 is so gorgeous. Pear, baked apple, dried flowers, mint and spice all build as the 2017 opens up in the glass. More than anything else, the 2017 impresses with its poise and raciness. The slightly reductive character found in some previous releases is not present in the 2017, and that really lets the purity of the fruit shine through. Bouchard does not push this site to the degree he does most of his other vineyards, so the Val Vilaine doesn’t quite offer the complexity of the top wines here, but words really can’t do justice to just how delicious the 2017 is. Don’t miss it. No dosage. Disgorged: April, 2019. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019)

Dec 10th, 2019
Al Shikoh

pear, green apples, flowers, brioche; mid-weight, chalky minerality, 12.5% ABV; made from old vine Pinot Noir from Côte de Val Vilaine lieu-dit

pear, green apples, flowers, brioche; mid-weight, chalky minerality, 12.5% ABV; made from old vine Pinot Noir from Côte de Val Vilaine lieu-dit

Jun 13th, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

*didn’t take notes

*didn’t take notes

Feb 7th, 2019
Evan Roberts

So beautiful and so well made. Just an excellent bottle so many layers, so elegant but such an amazing length and finish will certainly try to taste through more bottlings.

So beautiful and so well made. Just an excellent bottle so many layers, so elegant but such an amazing length and finish will certainly try to taste through more bottlings.

Feb 6th, 2019
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.5

April 2017 disgorging.
Complex and harmonious nose, red fruits, autolytic yeast character, toasty/nutty.
Elegabtly balanced and dosage so well integrated where it lifts the fruit, but doesn't read as sweet on the palate.

April 2017 disgorging.
Complex and harmonious nose, red fruits, autolytic yeast character, toasty/nutty.
Elegabtly balanced and dosage so well integrated where it lifts the fruit, but doesn't read as sweet on the palate.

Jan 5th, 2019
Antonio Gianola

First Cedric Bouchard experience

First Cedric Bouchard experience

May 28th, 2018
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.4

The best showing yet for this this wine. The heavy reduction the 2012 showed in its youth has begun to recede. Extraordinary purity to the fruit and terrific balance.

The best showing yet for this this wine. The heavy reduction the 2012 showed in its youth has begun to recede. Extraordinary purity to the fruit and terrific balance.

2 people found it helpfulJul 7th, 2017
Kirk Wallace

'08. Superb. Excellent cut with great fruit expression.

'08. Superb. Excellent cut with great fruit expression.

2 people found it helpfulOct 7th, 2015