Domaine Pascal Prunier-Bonheur Beaune Les Prevoles 2016
Domaine Pascal Prunier-Bonheur Beaune Les Prevoles 2016 comes from the bottom of the slope with deeper soils and shows a prettier side of Beaune. There are bright aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, and violets with notes of earth beneath. The palate is on the lighter side for the appellation, showing tart cherry, raspberry, and stones framed by fine-grained tannins. This is elegant, with a good persistence to its finish.
- Country: France
- Region: Burgundy
- Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Beaune
- Vintage: 2016
- Colour: Red
- Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
- ABV: 13%
- Bottle Size: 75cl
- Closure: Natural corkGood to go but with 5 years of life ahead.
- Drink With: Game would be wonderful; red meats or soft cheeses, too
The vineyard of Les Prevoles lies away from the main road but beneath the premiers crus, just to the south of the town of Beaune. It consistently produces good wines, and this vintage of Domaine Pascal Prunier-Bonheur Beaune Les Prevoles is certainly no exception.
About the grower
The fifth generation of a winegrowing family, Pascal Prunier-Bonheur took over the estate in 1983; it now operates 6 hectares of vines spread across Saint-Romain in Beaune through to Auxey-Duresses, Monthelie, Meursault and Pommard. Pascal Prunier-Bonheur simply aims to make honest and upstanding wines as he feels that to do otherwise would be cheating his vines, his customers and himself. The style here is one of restraint. The wines lack nothing in terms of power, but this is shown through refinement and great elegance.
By combining tradition and modernity Pascal wants to offer "a genuine product, the result of hard work without pretense and without excessive ambition." The result is a selection of high quality wines at very reasonable prices. Prunier-Bonheur is not the type of estate to rest upon its laurels, adding a negociant business to its winemaking arm in 2002, and a new winery has been operational since 2008. Domaine Pascal Prunier-Bonheur is still adding a few hectares of vineyards to its holdings when possible, the most recent being a plot of Meursault, a beautiful parcel of Auxey-Duresses red and a new premier cru, Auxey-Duresses Val.