2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123578 92-94 points 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).  (9/ 2012)

91-94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/ 2013)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pungent and well-layered nose features notes of green apple, grapefruit, lemon peel and wet stone. There is outstanding power and excellent punch to the beautifully well-delineated big-bodied flavors that exude a fine minerality on the saline-infused, explosive and hugely long finish. This is a very impressive effort that is blessed with notably good underlying material and this will require resting for the better part of a decade in a cool cellar.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.