2011 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne

2011 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne

Year: 2011
Appellation: Corton Charlemagne
Country: France
International Wine Cellar: 92-94
View from the Cellar: 94+
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By John Gilman Nov/Dec 2012, Issue #42, 11/1/2012 94+ points
(Corton-Charlemagne- Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils) All of the vines owned by the domaine on the hill of Corton face directly east, so this is one of the “cooler” examples of Corton-Charlemagne- which I find to be amongst the very best in these days of global warming, as they retain greater nervosité in general than examples from vines with more southerly-oriented expositions. The 2011 from Domaine Bouchard is a great wine, soaring from the glass in a complex mélange of apple, a touch of grapefruit, lime oil, chalky, stony soil tones, orange zest, vanillin oak and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and quite reserved in personality, with a rock solid core of fruit, brisk acids and stunning length and grip on the perfectly balanced and youthful finish. A classic in the making. (Drink between 2022-2050)

By Stephen Tanzer September/October 2012, Issue #164, (link) 92-94 points
(Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton-Charlemagne) 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).

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