1997 le corton bouchard père et fils

Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton
Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton

Bought way back in 2000 when Sotheby’s had a sale of old Bouchard Père vintages, for what I thought a bargain at £170 direct for BP&F. In storage since then, here is it’s first outing – time to see if it was really a bargain!
1997 Bouchard Père et Fils, Le Cortontry to find this wine...
Medium colour. The nose starts with a herby top-note and a little meat below, it slowly develops a sweeter core of spiced plums. In the mouth this is full of dimension and some reasonable tannin too – the flavour is slightly savoury and inflected with coffee. Good sweetness and no lack of balance helps produce a decent finish. Unlike many from the vintage, there’s a real smoothness here – impresses. Half a bottle was left in the refrigerator overnight and next day it was acid-forward and not so nice, though my single glass was always rather cold. So on the third day, at room temperature (~19°C – the weather was cold!) the impression was somewhere between the last two days. So initially a very tasty if not stunning grand cru. Drink it straight away, watch your serving temperature and you will be rewarded!
Rebuy – Maybe

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There are 4 responses to “1997 le corton bouchard père et fils”

  1. Josh29th April 2009 at 5:19 pmPermalinkReply

    Are you taking the path of many reviewers and never giving a bad review? For the kinds of money being charged for that bottle (around 50 USD) it should be a good bottle of wine, period. 97 was in my very limited experience a poor vintage.

    Consumers shouldn’t have to read between the lines to figure out when something is sub-par. We’re all adults here, well most of us are. Go ahead and say, “it was thin and herbal!”

  2. billn29th April 2009 at 6:38 pmPermalinkReply

    Welcome Josh.

    Originally Posted By Josh
    Go ahead and say, “it was thin and herbal!”

    But it wasn’t, as my note easily says – and I said I would maybe rebuy the wine – the last line tells you all you need to know – simple really.

    Note the text also clearly states I paid about $22 not $50…

    I guess you’re not such a frequent visitor Josh. If you want reviews of wines I don’t like, ‘simply’ click on this. 😉

  3. Josh30th April 2009 at 4:26 amPermalinkReply

    @billn – Actually I’ve been reading for probably 5 months or so. I’ve only commented once before. If you got it for 22, good for you. I would assume you got it at or close to release.


  4. phillip eaves30th April 2009 at 6:21 pmPermalinkReply


    I see you are starting to get the knockers one the other day complaining about some search function and now this. For goodness sake people this is a man with a passion who has an excellent web facility for us all to enjoy lets do just that and remember TN’s are only one opinion at any given time.

    sorry rant over

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