2015 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1312954 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (NM)  (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is perhaps the freshest wine in the range and the least marked by the high ripeness of the vintage with its wonderfully pure nose of citrus elements that combine with floral and green apple scents. There is fine intensity to the muscular, dense and powerful broad-shouldered flavors that even manage to display a certain refinement on the sleek, dry and wonderfully long finish. Good stuff and while I wouldn't describe this as classic in style, it still offers much to like. *Sweet Spot* Drink: 2023+  (6/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 (almost finished with its malo; the alcohol here is in the high 13s, from a good-sized crop--about 35 hectoliters per hectare for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here--harvested on October 1): Pale, bright yellow. Smells chalky and deep if subdued, offering scents of apple, menthol and spices. Savory, tactile wine with a lovely touch of sweetness and an element of medicinal herbs. Very rich, layered, soil-driven wine with chewy extract and classic dryness. Quite full and ripe but very chalky throughout. A bit aggressive on the end, but then this wine still has some unconverted malic acidity. (ST)  (9/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Creamy and generous, sporting lemon cake, floral, apple, nut and vanilla flavors. Fresh and tangy, with a lingering hint of quinine. Drink now through 2022. (BS)  (8/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Silky and full-bodied – really glutinous and thick, yet not overtly oaky. The fruit is still very newborn, and will surely become more interesting in years to come. (RH)  (1/2017)

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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.