2006 Bouchard Pere & Fils - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

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

BH 96   IWC 96(+?)   WA 94-95   JR 18.5   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 96

(from a huge 3.25 ha plot in Ladoix-Serrigny) No review available

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 31 Burghound Selection Don't miss

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96(+?)

($180) Highly complex but reticent nose combines citrus peel, wet stone and spices. Silky on entry, then wonderfully dense and ripe but classically dry in the middle, with outstanding sap and energy to the lemon, stone and violet flavors. As generous and expressive as this is now in the middle palate, it also has terrific spine for aging. Bouchard's Corton-Charlemagne has consistently been one of my favorite white Burgundies in recent vintages, and it's a relative value compared to grand crus from the Montrachet neighborhood.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 140

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-95

That the team at Bouchard presents their 2006 Corton-Charlemagne for tasting last of all certainly reflects confidence in their holdings (high up in a southeast-facing original "Le Corton") as well as in their affinity for the site. Grapefruit, lime, yellow plum, and chalk in the nose lead to a pungent, tart concentration of citrus and pit fruit essences and an implacable stoniness that leave the palate stained, yet all the while invigorated. In fact, this leaves one's tongue positively aquiver. It needs some years to really show what is at present only incipient complexity, but exhibits a balanced youthful intensity that promise well over a decade of positive evolution. Certainly an investment in a bottle or two of this represents a bargain when compared with its grand cru siblings from further south.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 180

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Freshly perfumed – creamy citrus and delicate spice. Powerful and savoury on the palate, already quite complex with a very fluid fresh length. Just a hint of softness but still pretty taught. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: WineRyan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/17/2009
Wonderful nose. Nice roundness on palate, fresh. Great long finish.

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

954 bottles owned by 153 collectors.

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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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