Source: The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: Published: Jan 20, 2022 (RP-93-95)
The 2020 Le Corton Grand Cru is a worthy successor to the striking 2019 (which I probably underrated last year). Soaring from the glass with aromas of rose petals, orange rind, raspberries, rich soil tones and cinnamon, it’s full-bodied, velvety and seamless, with a deep and layered core of fruit, vibrant acids and fine, melting tannins, concluding with a long, saline finish. This emblematic cuvée has always been a solid bottling chez Bouchard, but in the last few years it seems to have attained a whole new level of quality. When I asked Frédéric Weber what might account for this shift, he explained that he picks later and includes more whole bunches in the vinification. Whatever the reason, readers are advised to take note, as I don’t think the market has yet factored in quite how good this wine is.
Source: Decanter.com, Tasted by Charles Curtis MW(at Burgundy, 10 Nov 2021) (D-94)
This magnificent parcel is 3.55ha in a long strip below the wood of Corton and above Clos du Roi and Renards, right on the limestone. The grapes are one-third fermented as whole clusters and then aged in 25% new casks to produce a very aromatic nose with expressive red and black fruits, floral notes, pepper and spice. On the palate the wine is tightly wound, with firm tannins but lots of finesse and a fine acidity that carries this to an impressive finish.
Drinking Window 2025 – 2050
T A S T I N G
TASTING NOTE: Intense bouquet with aromas of red and black fruit, spices and a touch a oak. Rich and structured on the palate, this wine needs a bit of patience in order to reveal its raciness and great distinction. Excellent ageing potential.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING: Venison, game birds, full-flavoured cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Between 17?C to 18?C
AGEING POTENTIAL: 10 years and more
K N O W – H O W
HARVEST: manual, in small cases of 13 kg. Careful manual sorting of each grape.
VINIFICATION: Following total or partial destemming on the vintage, fermentation in small containers, gentle pressing ensure optimal vinification. Depending on the profile of the vintage, vatting lasts 18 to 21 days.
MATURING: 12 to 14 months in French oak, with 40 to 50% new oak.
AGEING: The cellars located in the Bastions of the ancient Ch?teau de Beaune offer ideal ambient conditions. Thanks to their natural hygrometry and constant temperatures, the Grands Crus enjoy from their first youth an environment that is perfectly adapted to tranquil ageing.
GRAPE VARIETY: Pinot Noir
SOIL OF THE APPELATION: Limestone and clay with stones
TOTAL SURFACE OF THE APPELATION IN PRODUCTION:90.25 hectares
DOMAIN SURFACE IN PRODUCTION: 3.55 hectares