Superb - A Grand Cru Value: 2010 Bouchard Le Corton

Posted by Ian McFadden

"Don't Miss" - Epic Grand Cru Value
2010 Bouchard Le Corton
A Multifaceted Distance Runner

"Bouchard has long made an outstanding example of Corton and the 2010 version is superb." -John Gilman

There are very few reputable producers from whom you can get a Grand Cru at under $100. There are very few REAL Grand Crus at this price.

Today, it doesn't get any more real than this and it doesn't get much better.

Le Corton may not have the slinky sex appeal of the greats of Vosne-Romanée nor the muscle of Gevrey's Grand Crus, but what Le Corton does have is perhaps unique in the Côte d'Or: a combination of profound mineral and fortress-like structure with an ultra-fine layer of fruit.

Le Corton, at its best, presents a satin sheet of pure fruit draped over solid rock - the effect is ethereal as well as powerful and saturating. Anyone who doubts the potential of this hillside should be reminded of a recent investor: DRC.

Bouchard has largely defined Le Corton for most of the 20th Century. Numerous examples still stand as monuments to the longevity that this vineyard can achieve. Burghound speaks of a 1926 tasted 80 years later that was still on point; the 55 and 61 are both legends.

Then there is this crazy streak the estate has been on since 2005. If you go by the Burghound's estimations, Bouchard has never made better Le Cortons than they have in the last five vintages and the 2010 stands right there at the top.

Burghound's thoughts on the 2010 can be summed up in two words: "Don't miss" (though the complete review is worth the time, reproduced below).

Frankly, the more we've tasted Bouchard's Le Corton in the last few years, especially the 2009 and now the 2010, the more we're convinced that they have found the truth of this site... they are bringing forth some just awesome depth in this wine.

The 2010 Le Corton is concentrated, deeply so, even sappy, yet this meat is married to a fresh, glacier-esque minerality, a crystal clear vividness. There's muscle and an almost painfully intense mid-palate that's rendered with a captivating fineness and detail and backed by superb energy.

This is serious, storied terroir and deserving of a place in even the most elite, the most coveted cellars... though it's priced so that we can all tuck a bit away.

That said, we don't expect this small parcel to last long, so best to act sooner than later.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits