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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 Corton try 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

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

  1. Josh

    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. Josh

    @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.

    Josh

  3. phillip eaves

    Bill

    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
    Phil

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