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 (i.e. 6.93 hectares) 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.
: Intense fruit and toasted aromas blended with the mineral notes typical of this appellation on the nose. A rich, powerful wine with a strong personality. Very good ageing potential.
'A wall marking an underlying geological fault separates this from their red Corton. It is the last white to be picked. Always very healthy, especially since some of the wood above has been cut back. Just racked. Fine pure lemon colour. This is very elegant, with a delicious purity, more suave than stony but the minerals are lurking. Absolutely white fruit, very stylish.' - 93-95 points. Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy