95pts Jasper Morris
MW: "Excellent bright purple colour. The nose includes a healthy proportion of oak showing, though only 20% in fact. 20% whole bunch on the old vines which helps refresh the finish. This stretches out very well to the back of the palate and will refine with age. Good tension at the back. 92-95pts
94pts James Suckling
A rich, creamy-textured red with ripe-strawberry, chocolate, stone and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s full and layered with attractive fruit and lightly chewy yet polished tannins. Flavorful finish. Subtle, yet structured. Try after 2022.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Revisited from bottle, the 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus is showing very well, unfurling in the glass with a brooding bouquet of dark berry fruit, ripe cherries, warm spices, baking chocolate and subtle soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, deep and muscular, it's rich and powerful, with ripe tannins and a voluminous core of fruit, concluding with a long, heady finish. When I tasted this wine from barrel, Bouchard's Frédéric Weber observed that analytically this 2018 is very similar indeed to the 1947 vintage of l'Enfant Jesus, and in its controlled but overt ripeness the analogy seems even more obvious from bottle.
Bouchard's evocatively named parcel is a monopoly holding that covers 3.9ha on sand and gravel soils in the heart of Beaune Grèves. Picked early but still pretty ripe, this has tobacco pouch and clove aromas from 20% whole bunches, layers of mulberry and raspberry fruit, aromatic 20% new wood and a backdrop of sinewy, granular tannins.
93pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Bouchard Père & Fils L'Enfant Jésus Beaune-Grèves is one of the great Beaunes of the vintage. TASTING NOTES: This wine is intense, yet stays elegant and refined. Enjoy its beautiful ripe fruits and oaky aromas and flavors with a thick, juicy, grilled Porterhouse. (Tasted: March 3, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
93pts Wine Spectator
Intense and tightly wound, this red displays a laser beam of cherry and berry fruit, with an underlying mineral element and steely structure. It's concentrated and long yet needs time to reveal all its facets.
Superb fruit and spice aromas with an oaky note on the nose. Intense, full and yet delicate on the palate, the wine has a charming velvetiness.
Pairs well with game birds, fattened chicken in cream sauce and Burgundian cheeses.