2004 Bouchard Pere & Fils - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Corton | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

IWC 95(+?)   BH 93   WS 92   JR 18   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

($135) Pale, bright color. A quintessence of Corton-Charlemagne dirt on the nose: stone fruits, lemon, iodine, ginger, minerals and mint, all complicated by a musky, leesy note that reminded me of a Coche-Dury wine. Then compellingly dense and penetrating in the mouth, with captivating, soil-driven flavors of raw pineapple, white peach, white flowers and crushed rock; a sulfidey complexity and a saline element add to the wine's spectacular subtle complexity. Hardly a blockbuster but conveys an impression of great solidity. This remarkably precise wine coats the palate with dusty stone and leaves behind a suggestion of honey. My sample at Bouchard in early June was painfully young and closed though obviously outstanding, but this bottle, tasted in New York in August, was spectacular. (Incidentally, my following notes on the Chevalier-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte and Montrachet were from bottles tasted at Bouchard-also quite backward at the time-and I would expect my scores to prove to be conservative.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Burghound | Rating: 93

I have not had this since cask and the bottle in question had a tattered label though no apparent seepage. As such, it's difficult to know whether this bottle was indeed representative as it seemed relatively supple and forward, indeed more or less ready to drink. To be sure, there was no obvious secondary nuances in evidence and still good freshness to the rich, intense and vibrant flavors brimming with minerality on the impressively long finish. Impeccably stored bottles might need another few years to arrive at their peak but absent this bottle being an aberration, I don't think that opening one today would be infanticide.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Allen Meadows

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Tightly wound and minerally. Lean yet intense, with lemon, apple and oak spice flavors complementing the stone note. Builds nicely on the palate, fleshing out and then lingering, with an aftertaste of spice and mineral. 130 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Very attractive nuttiness. Very try to the appellation, with real depth of flavour. Corton seems to have been well flavoured in 2004. Quite rich and already some evolution.

Drink Dates: 2009-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Jerry
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 02/24/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2012
very good Corton. classic

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Rating: 93
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/25/2010
Drink Dates: 2011-2016
still very young and somewhat closed but with great potential. smooth, nutty flavor at the finish.

Rating: 91
Author: Speakman57
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/20/2013

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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1617 bottles owned by 290 collectors.

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About This Producer

Eighty-six hectares of Grand and Premier Cru vineyards. One hundred thirty total hectares in the Cote d'Or. Eighty crus produced each vintage. Two hundred seventy-five years of history. Bouchard Pere et Fils is truly an institution in Beaune. The Maison was founded by father and son Michel and Joseph Bouchard in 1731, and the family wine merchant business has grown steadily ever since, taking any opportunity to add to its vineyard holdings along the way. Not to be completely overshadowed by its wines, Bouchard conducts business in the very center of Beaune in the old Chateau de Beaune, whose storied past rivals that of the Maison. In 1995, the Champagne family of Joseph Henriot took control of Bouchard, resulting in improvements in quality, not to mention the addition of more top level vineyard sites. Reds of particular interest include the flagship Beaune Greve Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus and the Chambertin-Clos de Beze. As for whites, the Meursault Genevrieres, Meursault Perrieres, Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet are all great interpreters of their particular sites, exhibiting the many nuances of grand and premier cru Chardonnay.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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