About Bouchard Pere et Fils 2011 Le Corton, Grand Cru
Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. Corton is the only red Grand Cru on the Côte de Beaune and the only Grand Cru on the Côte d'Or to be divided into "sous-climats". "Le Corton" is the historic vineyard which gave the name to the Corton appellation.
100% Pinot Noir grapes sourced from the Bouchard Domaine's 8.4 acres of vines in the Le Corton are hand harvested and manually sorted. Following total or partial destemming, fermentation is in small containers. Maceration lasts 18 to 21 days and the wine aged 12 to 14 months in French oak, with 40 to 50% new oak.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 96 points on release saying "This is powerful and rich, allowing just a note of freshness to creep into the firm structure. Dark tannins, black fruits and smoky wood flavors combine harmoniously, lending a sense of great power and long-term aging potential. Drink from 2019."
Burghound.com scored this 94 points on release saying "Discreet if not invisible wood surrounds the complex but restrained red currant, spice, smoke, earth and sauvage permeated aromas. There is excellent power and plenty of punch to the broad-shouldered and solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a balanced and exceptionally persistent finish. This classically styled Corton really does a slow build from the mid-palate on back, though note well that it will be pointless to open this in its youth; in fact, don't buy this unless you intend to cellar it." Extremely Limited!