2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Discreet if not invisible wood surrounds the complex but restrained red currant, spice, smoke, earth and sauvage permeated aromas. There is excellent power and plenty of punch to the broad-shouldered and solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a balanced and exceptionally persistent finish. This classically styled Corton really does a slow build from the mid-palate on back, though note well that it will be pointless to open this in its youth; in fact, don't buy this unless you intend to cellar it.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, dark red. Expressive, wild aromas of raspberry, spices, flowers, minerals, mint, leather and meat. Lovely sweetness and breadth but almost surprisingly open-knit for young grand cru. I find both overripe and minty elements here. In fact, this fruit was picked on September 4 with close to 14% potential alcohol, noted winemaker Prost, adding that he found it light at the beginning. "But it's growing every day in the barrel, like a white wine." Very tricky to judge today.
There's a little less Le Corton this year because Bouchard pulled up some Pinot vines and planted Chardonnay. It shows smoke, animal, spice, earth and cherry aromas followed by rich, sappy, sweet fruit, all backed by serious tannins. A powerful, persistent example
14-18 months in oak, about 40-60% new. Mid to deep cherry red. Sweet, ripe cherry fruit with a hint of stems adding freshness. Upright, elegant, long but not especially powerful. 17/20 points.
Classic Corton, ffrom the vineyard above Corton Renardes. Bright red fruit, focus and minerality are in the forefront here.Lots of depth here, and some subtler elemets at play not at first apparent. Quite lovely, with terrifc potential. (Ketih Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)