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An attractive story is told about this appellation, Charlemagne was very fond of the wine from Le Corton which, at the time, was red. Towards the end of the emperor’s life, the vineyards facing south were planted with chardonnay, to produce a white wine to avoid staining his white beard.
In 1909, Bouchard Père & Fils acquired 60% of the prestigious vineyard at Le Corton which, has the rare particularity of being planted with either pinot noir or chardonnay.
Today, Bouchard Père & Fils is the third most important owner in Corton-Charlemagne, with 3.65 hectares
"There is a creaminess to the texture in this white, whose profile borders on broad and muscular. Apple, lemon and stone flavors hold center court, while elements of spice and mineral lurk on the lingering finish." - 95 points, Wine Spectator
"A wall marking an underlying geological fault separates this from their red Corton. It is the last white to be picked. Always very healthy, especially since some of the wood above has been cut back. Just racked. Fine pure lemon colour. This is very elegant, with a delicious purity, more suave than stony but the minerals are lurking. Absolutely white fruit, very stylish." - 93-95 points, Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy
"The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is performing very well from bottle, offering up inviting aromas of pear, green pineapple, citrus oil, white flowers, lemon curd and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, it's muscular and structured, with racy acids and fine reserves of dry extract. This should age with class." - 93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Producer: Bouchard Père et Fils
Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru