2013 Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine)

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 96
Burghound: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Nutmeg, apple and white peach flavors are accented by lemon and stone in this lean, intense style. This is reticent now, but has depth and nascent power in reserve, building to a long aftertaste of spice and mineral. Best from 2018 through 2027. 75 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"Bouchard's 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing very well, wafting from the glass with an expressive bouquet of yellow orchard fruit, pear, orange oil, praline and wheat toast. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and intense, with succulent acids, good concentration and a penetrating finish. While this Corton-Charlemagne is quite open for inspection already, it's nicely balanced and displays good structural tension. Bottled under Diam 10, it should enjoy more than another decade of longevity.

This small report looks at five wines from the 2013 vintage that Bouchard Père & Fils is releasing direct from their cellars as part of their "Cellar Selections" program. A challenging growing season and a late harvest made 2013 complicated for growers, but producers who sorted rigorously made beautiful wines that tend to be a little underrated today. Extended hang time (closer to 110 days than the "classic" 100) made for perfectly mature, powdery phenolics despite the racy acids that were preserved by the cool growing season, and the late harvest seems to have lent the wines what is best described as elegantly degraded, autumnal fruit tones that are very appealing-partly because vintages of this style, once commonplace, have become decidedly rare in the last decade. The 2013 vintage is also quite appealing for white Burgundy, with the caveat that some of the wines show the influence of botrytis, something that tends to be polarizing. These releases from Bouchard are quite typical of the style of the vintage, and they're showing well today, though there is no urgency to drink them up." (WA)

"Very pale, bright yellow. Yellow peach, white pepper, wild herbs and smoky lees on the nose. Large-scaled and generous, with strong wet-stone minerality giving shape to the middle palate. This wine makes the Meursault Perrières seem tart by comparison; it's fatter and easier to taste but also more structured. Finishes sappy, rich and long, with repeating stony minerality and lingering sweetness. This may well close down in the bottle." (VM)

"A fabulous Corton Charlemagne with an impressive density, yet the bright acidity gives this white agility. Full body, compressed and layered mouthfeel. Salty and minerally finish. Drink now or hold." (JS)

"A reserved nose displays background notes of wood on the green apple, pear, citrus blossom and lemon zest aromas. The big-bodied, concentrated and attractively textured flavors possess ample mid-palate fat that serves to render the firm acidity almost invisible yet the firm and impressively long finish is borderline austere. I like the complexity and balance and while 2013 is not the most refined vintage I've seen for this wine, it should be approachable earlier than usual, which is to say after 5 to 7 years." (BH)

Winery Notes:
“Our Corton-Charlemagne is in a cooler location, but with high exposure to sunlight. The appellation is east facing, so the early sun produces top ripeness. During the 2013 harvest, we were one of the last producers to pick the Corton-Charlemagne grapes. Interestingly, Bouchard Père & Fils closed the winery for five days before reopening it in October to harvest the Corton-Charlemagne grapes. Today, the 2013 vintage is perfect with earthy, fruit forward notes and excellent balance.” -Philippe Prost, Emeritus Winemaker