Bure Family Wines was founded by Valeri (Val) Bure and his wife Candace Cameron Bure. Valeri was a professional hockey player for a number of both Canadian and American hockey teams. Born in Moscow he eventually moved to North America to play hockey in 1991 and enjoyed a 10-year career in the NHL including playing in the NHL All Star game in 2000. He also played on two Russian Olympic winning hockey teams winning both a bronze and a silver medal. He was not the first athlete in this family; his father Valdimir won 4 Olympic medals at three Olympics for Russia.
Candace is an actress most notable for her roll on the popular TV Show, Full House.
During his professional playing career Valeri traveled around the world and in tandem, developed an interest in food and wine. His veteran teammates with the Montreal Canadiens introduced him to wine and soon his cellar grew from a small collection to housing wines from his travels around the world. Collecting wine has become even more of a passion since he retired from the NHL in 2005.
During a trip to Napa Valley, he visited the beautiful estate winery of Chateau Boswell and met Josh Peeples (who we originally met with years ago to try the early Bure wines). Valeri worked a harvest at Chateau Boswell in the early 2000s. Josh introduced the Bure’s to winemaker Luc Morlet who crafted a number of the Bure vintages. Bure’s current winemaker is Benoit Touquette (reference Realm Cellars). Benoit’s first full vintage for Bure was in 2018.
Valeri looked for land for about 7 years before finding the right property. He wanted a site located on the west side of the valley but facing east (less late afternoon and evening sun exposure). The previous owner of what is now the Bure estate vineyard was at lunch with the Bure’s real estate agent, and he casually mentioned he might be interested in selling his property. The real estate owner called Valeri the next day to tell him. A year passed before the prior owner was finally ready to sell.
The Bure’s purchased a 2-acre hillside piece of land north of the town of St. Helena in 2012 which they use as a second home (their primary residence is in Malibu, Los Angeles). This property is located on coveted St. Helena bench-land, a part of the sub-appellation that is elevated from the valley floor at the edge of the Mayacamas mountain range. This is a premium vineyard neighborhood: neighbors include Colgin’s Tychson Hill Vineyard, Grace Family Vineyards, Revana Winery and Vineyard 29.
And while they source most of the grapes for their wines from premium parcels both in Napa and neighboring Sonoma County, an approximately 0.6 of an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on this tiny parcel (1,873 vines). It was originally planted in 2001 using bud wood from the Bosché clone obtained from Dick Grace, founder of Grace Family Vineyards.
The Bure’s produce several Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings; until 2017 they produced two white wines from Sonoma County: a Ritchie Vineyard designate Chardonnay and a white blend called Nuit Blanch.
The Bure philosophy is to produce carefully and thoughtfully crafted wines from exceptional vineyard sites. It is important to note that the Bure very limited production bottlings are balanced in their youth and remain balanced throughout their life.
The Bure 2017 Nuite Blanche translates into French as ‘white night’; its name is also an homage to the family’s Russian heritage and the annual White Nights of St. Petersburg music festival. This wine is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon. It’s pretty bouquet includes aromas of honeycomb, baking spices, honeysuckle and citrus blossom. This wine is clean and crisp across the palate, featuring superb balance and excellent acidity. It shows a rounded and slight creamy texture and offers flavors of tangerine and mandarin.
The Bure white wines age very well. The 2013 Nuite Blanche is a testament to this (we tasted this wine 9 years post vintage). It is medium golden in color; the aromatics are engaging and include pineapple, honeycomb, caramel, lemon zest and a hint of hazelnut. The palate is about its depth of flavor, richness and texture. It offers a creamy mouth feel which is tempered nicely by a still bright acidity which continues to persist for some time on the finish.
Ritchie Vineyard is considered one of the most premium vineyards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. The Bure 2016 Malena Ritchie Creek Chardonnay (Sonoma County) is medium gold in color; the aromatics are highly appealing and include aromas of crème Brule, walnut skin, orange marmalade and caramel. As it opens it shows aromas of apricot and peach. This wine offers a creamy texture complemented nicely with its lively acidity. The palate offers a diversity of flavor including of mango and papaya, mandarin and toasted hazelnut. The finish is long and richly flavored. This impressive bottling (we tasted 6-year post vintage) is a wine that one simply cannot put down once they start drinking.
The 2014 Bure Malena Ritchie Creek Chardonnay is noticeably golden amber in the glass. The bouquet offers a diverse aromatic spread including notes of hazelnut, almond, honeysuckle, hints of butter and baking spices. Immediately intriguing is the wine’s texture; it is almost saline, oily and briny and offers a noticeable viscosity and suppleness across the palate. But the texture is complemented very nicely with brightness of fruit and acidity. Flavors of lemon lime linger, and a resulting brightness linger on the finish for quite some time. This bottling has held up very well 6 years after vintage date (at the time of our tasting). And the name for this Chardonnay, Malena, was derived from combining the first two letters of each of the Bure children’s names: Maksim, Lev and Natasha. Of note, the 2017 vintage of this wine is tasting exceptionally well six years post vintage at the time of our latest tasting.
The 2012 Bure Thirteen named in honor of the number 13 worn by Valeri during his professional hockey career. This wine was sourced from several premium vineyards including one near Dominus Winery in Yountville and the other from arguably the most famous vineyard site in the country, To Kalon in the heart of the Oakville sub appellation. The bouquet is layered with aromas of tobacco, leather, a hint of green pepper and a sweetness of cassis and rhubarb. Offers flavors of dark cherry and blackberry with a noticeable density and concentration. We tasted this bottling eight years after vintage; the tannins while showing good grip were not course or heavy. It lingers juicy with excellent acidity.
A typical production from their tiny estate vineyard is 10 barrels but after carefully selecting only the best lots, they usually only bottle between 6-8 barrels of this wine each year (150 to 200 cases). After fermenting the grapes from their inaugural vintage, Valeri was immediately impressed with the aromatics of the young wine. He wondered if there was something they could do the next year to replicate its aromatic nirvana. It turns out, there was nothing he needed to do; after smelling subsequent vintages, he realized it was the combination of their particular Cabernet Sauvignon clone and the site which consistently produced these beautiful aromatics.
The 2019 Bure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby/purple and almost opaque in the glass; the bouquet is seductive with a beautiful union of floral and fruit aromatics including of violets, blueberry, boysenberry and mulberry. As the bouquet evolves in the glass it reveals additional subtle scents of mint/wintergreen and a hint of clove. The aromas are about the purity of the fruit with the oak being a subtle complementary characteristic rather than a distracting one. This bottling offers layers of darker fruit flavors including of plum and cherry. A noteworthy aspect about this wine is its textural feel; the tannins are dense, dusty and earthy but surprisingly well resolved in their youth (we tasted this bottling only 3 years post vintage). We tasted this again 4 years post vintage and it has only improved. This wine lingers with a persistent dryness; the finish is juicy and mouthwatering. One wine writer said this wine won’t age well because of its absence of tannins. He was wrong; their estate wine always produces a similar number of high tannins each year.
The 2016 Bure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows berry fruits on the bouquet including blueberry and blackberry; the aromatics are ripe showcasing the purity of fruit yet also simultaneously elegant. Notes of violets. Supple and smooth across the palate, this wine is concentrated but without the heavy grip of tannins. Fine grained. Noteworthy for its balance. This bottling is also somewhat savory on the palate and has a very long life ahead of it.
The Bure’s Majesty’s blend is named as a tribute to Valeri’s family connection to the royal Russian family. The Bure family were originally from Switzerland; they were invited by the Russian Czar and the royal family to craft premium watches for the royal family including Valeri’s great grandfather Pavel Bure. The Bure’s began crafting watches in St. Petersburg in 1815, established by Karlovich (Carl) Bure and did so for more than 100 years for Russian tsars including Nicholas II who was wearing one of their watches when he was executed in 1918. Carl’s son, Pavel (Paul) Bure founded his namesake watch company in 1875 in St. Petersburg. Over the years the watches won a number of awards for their craftsmanship including in 1899 at the World Exhibition in Paris. They were also supplied in World War I to the Russian Army.
The family watch making business was eventually sold to Zenith Watches: this company still owns the rights to the Pavel Bure timepieces. Numerous old Bure watches are still available for sale online, sometimes in the tens of thousands of dollars for the rarer timepieces.
A Bure label was stamped on every watch produced; architect, designer and artist Michael Roché slightly altered the Bure label for use on their wine bottles. A hockey stick is clutched in one of the bird’s talons and an image of a watch in the other. This is a nice tribute to both Valeri’s long career as well as to his grandfather for his renowned watches.
The 2018 Bure Majesty’s Blend is an exceptional and rare 100% varietal Cabernet Franc To Kalon Vineyard bottling. It is dark ruby in color and almost opaque in the glass; let this wine sit in your mouth for a minute for ultimate enjoyment before swallowing. It’s well-layered and is anchored by dense and dusty tannins along with notes of dried cigar and dark spices. The finish lingers slightly dry.
The 2006 Bure Family Majesty’s Blend is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. The majority of the fruit for this wine came from the cooler Coombsville growing region east of the town of Napa. This bottling offers notes of earthiness, dustiness and cigar smoke on the bouquet. This wine is extremely soft up front with plenty of fruit including blackberry and black cherry along with a slight kiss of vanilla. The dustiness that shows on the bouquet picks up again towards the finish. The tannins are well structured yet are in balance. This wine has bright fruit and lively acidity and will continue to evolve nicely with additional aging.
The best way to acquire these very limited production wines is to join their wait list to be added to their membership list as nearly all their wines are sold direct to consumer, although one can find select wines at the French Laundry in Yountville. For more information, visit: www.burefamilywinery.com
John Martin says
How would I go about ordering some of Bure family wine
Anna Rios says
I would Love to order some wine. How can I buy some? Thank you
Anna – you can call Camille directly using the phone number listed under the ‘Quick Info’ section on this page.
Hi there, I was interested in trying your wine. How do I get to have a hold of your wine?
What other wine beside Cabernet Sauvignon and Nuit Blanch do you produce?
Jedina – You can call or email Camille directly
I’m from Quebec and a big fan of Bure …. and wine. Is it possible to get your wines?
Patrick – you can call Camille directly using the phone number listed under the ‘Quick Info’ section on this page.
John – you can try reaching Camille directly using the phone number listed under the ‘Quick Info’ section on this page. Or visiting their website which is clearly listed 2x on this review.
Good day Valery, is it possible to buy Bure Malena Ritchie Creek Chardonnay in Russia in Moscow ?
I am mad about hockey, Bure and Chardonnay.
Katie Crossland says
Hi I would like to order some Bure family wine. Could you let me know how to do that? Thank you.
Sarah Davis says
I am interested in ordering a bottle or two of Bure wine. How do I go about doing this?
Rachel Tresinie says
Can you give us more information about how we can order your wine?
We would like to visit you but that’s not possible at this moment unfortunately.
We live in Belgium.
Thanks for the feedback.
Best Regards Yves & Rachel Jamaer- Tresinie
TIFFANY REYNO says
I want to buy some wine for a friend and best one how do I do that and how much Tiffany
Anne Corona says
Hi there how do we order some wine?
Jessica Dodd says
I am interested in purchasing your wine, please respond with instructions on how to purchase.
Are your grapes organic and pesticides free?
I’m interested in buying some Bure Family Wine. How do I go about doing this?
How much are the costs of each wine?
Thanks so much,
Andrea Acosta says
I would like to order wine, how can I make this possible?
Samantha Taft says
I would like to order some wine please.
Jamie Enlow says
I am wondering how I go about putting my name on the wait list for the monthly mailing of wine. Thank you in advance.
Jessica Dodd says
I am interested in purchasing your wine, please respond with instructions on how to purchase. Thanks ——–
Angela McNerney-Rowe says
How would you go about ordering the Bure Family Wine?
Katie Woodley says
I’m interested in ordering some wine, but I can’t seem to figure out how. Can you please send me the information?
Thank you so much for your help,
Monica DaSilva Lopes says
Hello, I’m interested in getting some wine from you. What’s the process? Thank you, Monica
Diane Pero says
Please sign me up for your Bure Family Wine. Thank you.
How can I order?
I’m interested in buying some wine, how do I go about that?
I would like to place an order
Please add me to your waiting list for some wine. Thank you
Sigh… I won’t even try to comment on all this …
Hahahahaha…I was wondering where you went. lol
Emma Zalzoh says
Hello I’m interested in the pricing for Bure Wine: thank you!
Katrina Broemson says
Would like to be placed on waiting list for the wine?
Shelby Bales says
How do I buy some of your wine?
Savanna Salley says
How would I go about purchasing some wine from the Bure family?
Y’all are too dumb to buy wine.
Susie – I always have a bit of a laugh when I look at all the comments here. Its very obvious this page is NOT the winery website – there are also quite a few people that click on the About/Contact page link on the top of this website (also very clear that page has nothing to do with Bure Wines) and then they call my cell phone listed immediately trying to order Bure wines!
Mike Crivellaro says
Who is the current wine maker for Bure? I am a big fan of Luc Morlet, but does he still make their wines? Also has production been a problem for them after the Boswell fire back in 2020?
Yvonne Eldreth says
would like to order your wine. or can I get near me in Md.
I was inquiring about purchasing the Bure wine and how far will y’all ship to.
carolyn arndt morris says
Saw a video of the grapes being harvested at night. Is there a reason for that? I come from WNY…. where Welches is produced. Never have I seen people gathering grapes in the evening. This is new?
Loved your video on here as well!!.
Carolyn – it is very common for grapes to be harvested at night. Other than having to get up very early (which I hate!), it keeps workers cool (rather than picking during the heat of the day) and allows the grapes to come into the winery already cold (often there is a cold soaking process prior to fermentation). And various measurements of the grapes character are perhaps are more in balance when they are cold rather than being hot, warmed by the sun.
Drive around during certain parts of the valley during harvest and one will see flood lights lighting up portions of vineyards which are being harvested. Course last year we saw hillsides lit up from flames from the Glass Fire. I never want to go through that week of fighting the fires ever again.
Linda C Kuenster says
Do u have non alcoholic winez
Benoit Touquet is the current winemaker for Bure. I believe the wines are currently being produced at Mending Wall.
How do I get DJ to respond on this instead of Dave?