Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2004 Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru Cote de Beaune Burgundy France







2004 Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru Cote de Beaune Burgundy France

Clean, bright, clear cherry ruby color. Rich aromas of dark cherry and berries intermingling with floral, mineral, spicy and peppery notes with a touch of earth. The palate is gorgeous, rich flavors of ripe dark cherry and red berries framed by refreshing acidity. The finish is quite long, fresh and mineral with slight herbal nuances, and present, young and slightly astringent tannins. Yet, nothing major or unexpected for the vintage, which was not as ripe as 2003 or even as complex as 2005, but, although it resembles more of a 2001, it also seems to be a good compromise between 2002 and 2006 with great whites and some interesting reds for who will do the effort to search, taste then pick and choose the right producers and vineyards. Overall, I think that this wine was really well crafted as it has great texture and structure, and the finish still has plenty of fruit to overcome the tannins and green notes on the finish. It is still too young and green, and deserve a bit more time to get more integrated, hoping that the green notes will somewhat diminish, yet I'm not so sure about that as usually green notes, astringency and bitterness never really disappear even with time. I can already hear people saying negative comments, but at the end of the day, I still think that one should give more credit to this wine and to a certain extend to the vintage too. After all, compared to 2003 and 2005, 2004 remains a good bargain vintage even if it was not highly rated in quality, yet this wine confirmed once again that exceptions exist even in odd vintage. It is only a matter of being open-minded and adventurous enough to find them.

Enjoy,

LeDom du Vin

1 comment:

  1. It is still too young and green, it is worth a little more time to get more integration will decrease the green note of hope, but I'm not sure that it is usually green notes, astringency and bitterness never not really disappear, even with time.

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