Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils le Corton Grand Cru Red France Burgundy Cote de Beaune Corton Grand Cru le Corton Pinot Noir 2003
The unique red Grand Cru on the Côte de Beaune, the Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton comes from the piece of land beari...Read more...
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tasted from .375 over 3 days- upon initial opening, very dark, with almost no nose. The palate had a very lush texture until the tannins clamped down, hard. left open on the counter- On day two, the nose opened up- black fruits, some plum, and a touch of herbs. The palate was more integrated and balanced with real length. left open on the counter- day three- the nose is now rich, black fruits- all primary. The palate is silky and long, perfectly balanced and grapey- a bit over the top, but incredible in its own way. I have no idea where this ends up, but over three days of oxidation, it was a worthy experiment.
The unique red Grand Cru on the Côte de Beaune, the Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton comes from the piece of land bearing the same name as the "Appellation" : Le Corton. On the sunniest side of the Corton mountain, this stony land, rich in clay and chalk, is blessed with all the qualities the vine needs to produce concentrated, rich, magnificently distinctive grapes. Guy de Maupassant, the great 19th century poet, contributed to spreading its fame by calling it the " roi des bons vivants " in one of his most famous works : Bel ami. This is nectar which fully justifies the use of the typical Burgundy glass, very wide narrowing in at the top. Sometimes, the glass is not wide enough for the size of this wine ! Powerful, with great ageing potential, its noble origins will come to the fore after 10 to 15 years.
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