2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good pale yellow. Pure, scented nose offers aromas of lime, pineapple, acacia flower and powdered stone. Sappy, spicy and dense with extract, boasting lovely definition and a pronounced mineral character. Finishes saline, savory and dry, with a tactile crushed stone quality. The percentage of new oak here will only be about 10% by the time of the bottling (it's aging mostly in one- and three-year-old barrels).
The last white to be bottled, the Corton-Charlemagne is shy in aroma, hinting at citrus, pear and chalk. Slightly more generous than the Perrières, it evokes lemon and mineral flavors backed by ample acidity, finishing very long.
12-14 months in barrel, up to 20% new. Attractive aroma of lemon and clementine, the fruit outshining the oak on the nose though the latter more in evidence on the palate... 17/20 points.
Big and rich, with surprisingly approachable charm for a young Crton Charlemagne. Some tropical notes, and hints of lime blossoms. Lots of weight on the palate, with a great deal of power and an open nature that promises more to come.