Today the Burgundian wine domaine of Bouchard Pere et Fils can trace its origins back to 1731, though it is no longer family owned. In 1995 the Champagne house Joseph Henriot acquired the company and quality has risen as a consequence. Bouchard is led by Stéphane Follin Arbelet, while the wines are made by Philippe Prost - who has been with the company since 1978. An impressive gravity-flow winery on the Route de Savigny, the Cuvérie St Vincent, was completed in 2005 and enables them to process all their wines with optimum efficiency. Bouchard’s total holdings comprise 130 hectares, including 12ha of grand crus and 74ha of premier crus, which makes them the largest vineyard owners in the Côte d’Or.
What The Critics Say
18/20 Jancis Robinson
“Very embryonic. He recommends this with salty cheese such as Beaufort or Comté. The best vintage they have in their cellars is 1958! There is indeed some saltiness in this wine. Racy. Very good Corton Charlemagne. Racy and dense and juicy. Lots of energy here. Much livelier than many Corton Charlemagnes. Impressive! Still chewy but with real energy.”
92/100 Stephen Tanzer
“Highly nuanced nose combines apple, flower blossom, crushed stone, white truffl e and menthol, with a saline seashell quality emerging with air. Broad and large-scaled but without any impression of weight. An infant today: this is likely to be bottled last, according to Prost.”
94/100 Allen Meadows (Burghound)
"Green fruit, white flower, stone and green apple aromas. The textured, intense and admirably pure flavors reflect perfectly the intense minerality of the appellation while finishing with a balanced, persistent, powerful and bone dry finale. As young Corton-Charlemagne can often be, this evidences a borderline chewy quality as there is so much extract. While I would expect this to arrive at its apogee at around 10 years of age, this is built to last for several decades. Once again, if you're tempted to try this young, do decant it for 30 to 60 minutes first"
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