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Average critic rating : 92.83 points



Moderate wood and menthol nuances serve as a less than neutral backdrop for the gamy, spicy and very ripe aromas of dark pinot fruit liqueur-like aromas. There is fine volume and outstanding intensity to the big-bodied and powerful flavors that possess flat out superb concentration thanks to the abundance of palate drenching sap that also serves to buffer the firm core of ripe tannins on the hugely long and wonderfully complex finish. While the underlying raw material is certainly present such that this will require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its full apogee, the sap is such that I suspect that it will allow this to be enjoyed after only 7 to 8 years of cellar time. This is one to look for provided that you have at least moderate patience. Apr 2016,, Drink: 2029+



(35% new oak; this was the last parcel Bouchard harvested on the Côte de Beaune): Deep red-ruby. Mellow nose melds currant, cherry, clove, underbrush and crushed rock, along with exotic cedar and coconut oak notes and a suggestion of dried flowers. Silky and concentrated, but with strong acidity keeping the ripe currant and salty mineral flavors under wraps today; revealed a touch of dried fruits with air. Finishes tactile, savory and long, with big, ripe tannins buffered by the wine's intense material. Suave, classically dry Corton from very thin soil over limestone bedrock at the top of the hill. Jan 2016,



The Corton from Bouchard is one of my reference wines on the big hill – as it has performed well quite consistently over many years. The Bouchard Corton is from the Le Corton section at the very top of the vineyard, a section with a high proportion of limestone – this yields an intensely mineral driven wine. Some would argue this is white wine terroir – but the Le Corton from Bouchard show that great reds can be made here too. The nose offer pure red fruit and an explosion of limestony minerality … intense and only with a very moderate impression of oak. On the palate pure and delicate red fruit – good intensity on the mid-palate with a beautiful core of sweet red pinot fruit, its all beautifully focused by the very strong stony mineral backbone. This a textbook Le Corton .. so pure and mineral driven .. just lovely. May 2016,, Drink: 2028+

Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s most important houses, and the largest vineyard holder in the Côte d’Or with 130 hectares of vineyards. It’s holdings include 12 hectares of grand cru vineyards, with significant plots in Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. It holds more than 70 hectares of premier cru vineyards, most of which are in the Côte de Beaune, including one of Beaune’s most famous wines: Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus.

The company is owned by the Henriot group, which took over in 1995. Run from their impressive headquarters in Beaune, Bouchard has been making better and better wines in the past twenty years, and can be considered a benchmark producer of both red and white Burgundy.

Bouchard’s holdings in Chevalier-Montrachet are their jewel, and they hold Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte in its entirety. This vineyard sits just above Bouchard’s holding of Le Montrachet, and is one of the finest examples of Chardonnay. The house also has grand cru holdings in Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Bonne Mares in the Côte de Nuits.

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