Bouchard Pere & Fils - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
Bouchard Pere & Fils - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Bouchard Pere & Fils - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is performing very well from bottle, offering up inviting aromas of pear, green pineapple, citrus oil, white flowers, lemon curd and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, deep, and nicely concentrated, it's muscular and structured, with racy acids and fine reserves of dry extract. This should age with class.
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru surpasses its showing from barrel, revealing an attractive bouquet of ripe orchard fruit, citrus oil, spring flowers and pastry cream. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, elegantly glossy, and precise, with a fleshy core of fruit that's tempered by brisk acids, concluding with a delicately chalky finish. While this is a little shut down after its recent bottling, this is a charming, expressive Corton-Charlemagne in the making.
The 2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a youthfully tight-knit bouquet of crisp green orchard fruit, lemon oil, smoke, and beeswax. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, delicately textural, and incisive, with tangy acids, good concentration at the core and a long, precise finish. With its racy profile, this is built for the cellar.
The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a composed, citrus peel, granitic bouquet that feels a little "cooler" than others that I have encountered, the altitude and clay soils lending this the reserve to counterbalance the precocity of the growing season. The palate is well balanced with pleasing acidity, tightly wound with a noticeable marine element that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. It has the weight and intensity you expect from a Corton-Charlemagne, and it should repay those who cellar it for 5-7 years. This is a fine effort in such a warm vintage.
The 2012 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru from Bouchard Père has a well-defined bouquet, the oak present but more integrated than Sylvain Loichet’s: subtle with hints of white flowers and minerals developing with aeration. The palate is balanced and poised, the acidity well-judged and combines well with the viscosity.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Corton-Charlemagne
Producer:
Bouchard Pere & Fils
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
Style:
Grand Cru

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Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les Caillerets” climat and started to develop the family’s vineyard holdings.

During the French Revolution, property belonging to the clergy and nobility was confiscated and put up for sale. Joseph’s son, Antoine Philibert Joseph Bouchard, seized the opportunity to extend the family’s vineyard holdings in Beaune including the famous “Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus.”

This desire to build up an exceptional estate in Côte d’Or endured through the generations and acquisitions in the best Villages were added throughout the 19th century and again in the early 20th century.

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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

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Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

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Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines...

Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Chardonnay grape variety.

The history of Corton-Charlemagne dates back to the 8th century, when the Emperor Charlemagne was said to have owned vineyards in the area. The vineyards were later acquired by the monks of the Abbey of Cluny, who continued to cultivate the land and produce wine. In the 19th century, the appellation was officially recognized and its reputation as a producer of high-quality wines began to grow.

The style of production in Corton-Charlemagne is traditional and focused on producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Corton hill, which is composed of limestone and marl soils. The vines are planted at a high density and are trained using the Guyot system, which allows for maximum exposure to the sun and optimal ripening of the grapes.

The Chardonnay grape variety is the only grape permitted in the production of Corton-Charlemagne wines. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for 12-18 months, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

Corton-Charlemagne wines are known for their rich, full-bodied character and complex aromas and flavors. The wines are often described as having notes of citrus, honey, and toasted nuts, with a long, lingering finish. They are best enjoyed with rich, flavorful dishes such as roasted poultry, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

In conclusion, Corton-Charlemagne is a world-renowned wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Its rich history, traditional style of production, and focus on quality have made it a favorite among wine enthusiasts and collectors alike. If you are looking for a truly exceptional white wine, look no further than Corton-Charlemagne.

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