"Lightish cherry red. Pretty sweet cherry and just the start of more tertiary aromas. Touch of spice and undergrowth. A point in its development. Fine, grainy tannins. Plenty of freshness. Lively but not primary. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Domaine Baron Thénard is a magical place to visit. From the outside, the cellar looks like an old barn; the roof is near the ground and when you open the door, you immediately descend the slippery stone steps into the cellar. The cellar dates from the eighteenth century— it's dark, damp, and cold— a perfect place to age wine. At the bottom of the steps, you are in a large room that houses the gigantic open top wooden fermenters that are still used for the red wines. Owner Jean-Baptiste Bordeaux-Montrieux does not know how old the fermenters are, perhaps 100 years old save the leaky stave that may be replaced from time to time. Sometimes in this room, you might see a barrel or fifteen(!) of Montrachet stacked up on the side. As you wind through the cellar, you find a very old press that is centuries old (no longer in use). The 1er Cru Bois Chevaux sits mid-slope, facing east below the Clos Saint Pierre (monopole of Thenard) in a red, iron-rich soil. The vines are sixty to eighty years-old. Grapes are destemmed and fermentation (spontaneous, natural yeasts) takes place in large, wooden open top fermenters that are more than 100 years old. Aging takes place in large foudres and barrels, no new oak on this cuvee. Barrels are kept for approximately seven years. The foudres are very old.