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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.
Pale, bright yellow. Subtle floral lift to the aromas of lemon, lime, menthol and chalky minerality.
Dense, tactile, dry and deep, conveying a solid impression without any heaviness. Citrus peel, lavender and subtle nutmeg flavors show lovely mineral firmness and grip .
There's a soil-driven chewiness here that's as much Corton-Charlemagne as the vintage, but no hard edges.
Finishes with sneaky rising length, pungent citrus fruits and crushed-rock minerality. Really leaves the taste buds quivering.
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