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Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003

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Our whites have a pale gold colour with green shades and a very rich nose marked by aromas of very sweet whitefleshed fruit. In the mouth, they are developing flavours of citrus fruit and an impressive richness. VINTAGE The vineyards of Côte d'Or enjoyed exceptional conditions of drought and sunshine which had begun in February and lasted until the end of September. All records were beaten : early maturity, drought, extreme temperatures, sunshine (9 consecutive days with temperatures around 40°C). However numerous climatic incidents happened especially in the Côte de Beaune i.e some frosts in April, hailstorms in June and July and finally sun which burnt some grapes in South facing vineyards in August. The yields were historically very low. Depending on the soils, the exposure and the age of the vines, they varied between 1/2 and 2/3 of a normal harvest. The harvest and vinification Given the atypical characteristics of this vintage, the "Ban des Vendanges" i.e. the legal authorisation to pick the grapes was given on August 19th in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. At Bouchard Père & Fils, we started on August 21st, which was the earliest date in the history of the company, since its creation in 1731. Because of this, we had to ask employees who were on holiday to return to help and we quickly called upon all the local and regular pickers, who answered us with enthusiasm. We started to harvest first in our vineyards in Beaune, where the grapes were extremely ripe, with a sugar content amounting to 13.5-14°. All our Domaines were picked in 10 days in dry and hot weather. The grapes were perfectly healthy and at the sorting tables we rejected only a few berries which had been burnt by the sun. Thanks to the cooling equipment we have in our winery, we managed to avoid the fermentations starting too quickly.

Bouchard Père et Fils:
Contrary to many wine growing regions, one of the particularities of Burgundy is the complete lack of the mixing of different grape varieties. There are two main varieties in Burgundy : Pinot Noir for the red wines; Chardonnay for the white wines. The reputation of the Grands Vins fins de Bourgogne is based on two varieties alone : Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As early as 1866, Dr Jules Guyot i... Read more
Contrary to many wine growing regions, one of the particularities of Burgundy is the complete lack of the mixing of different grape varieties. There are two main varieties in Burgundy : Pinot Noir for the red wines; Chardonnay for the white wines. The reputation of the Grands Vins fins de Bourgogne is based on two varieties alone : Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As early as 1866, Dr Jules Guyot in his book on viticulture of the centre north of France, wrote that: " the essence of the fine wines of the Côte d'Or, is the grape variety, the Pineau Noir or Noirien for the red wines; the Pineau Blanc or Chardenet for the white wines ". Read less

External Reviews for Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/12/2009

Very pale, green-tinged color. Exotic aromas of lime, apple, coconut and oak char. Wonderfully superripe yet racy, with terrific verve. The juicy, penetrating flavors of lime, apple and minerals get the salivary glands pumping. A wine of superb class... Stephen Tanzer. A Chardonnay wine from Burgundy in France. 2003 Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1500ml



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Our whites have a pale gold colour with green shades and a very rich nose marked by aromas of very sweet whitefleshed fruit. In the mouth, they are developing flavours of citrus fruit and an impressive richness. VINTAGE The vineyards of Côte d'Or enjoyed exceptional conditions of drought and sunshine which had begun in February and lasted until the end of September. All records were beaten : early maturity, drought, extreme temperatures, sunshine (9 consecutive days with temperatures around 40°C). However numerous climatic incidents happened especially in the Côte de Beaune i.e some frosts in April, hailstorms in June and July and finally sun which burnt some grapes in South facing vineyards in August. The yields were historically very low. Depending on the soils, the exposure and the age of the vines, they varied between 1/2 and 2/3 of a normal harvest. The harvest and vinification Given the atypical characteristics of this vintage, the "Ban des Vendanges" i.e. the legal authorisation to pick the grapes was given on August 19th in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. At Bouchard Père & Fils, we started on August 21st, which was the earliest date in the history of the company, since its creation in 1731. Because of this, we had to ask employees who were on holiday to return to help and we quickly called upon all the local and regular pickers, who answered us with enthusiasm. We started to harvest first in our vineyards in Beaune, where the grapes were extremely ripe, with a sugar content amounting to 13.5-14°. All our Domaines were picked in 10 days in dry and hot weather. The grapes were perfectly healthy and at the sorting tables we rejected only a few berries which had been burnt by the sun. Thanks to the cooling equipment we have in our winery, we managed to avoid the fermentations starting too quickly.

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