(Decanted for three hours and consumed over two days.) I have tasted most of the Bouchard Le Cortons going back to the 1998 vintage and been impressed. (This is especially true of the great 2005, which is currently in a sullen phase and may remain there for some time.) But the 2010 Le Corton is in a class by itself. It has a dark but limpid cherry color. With much swirling, candied red fruit, smoke, violet and animal scents rise from the bowl. Impressively deep, sweet and sappy flavors of raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, licorice, minerals and earth coat the mid-palate and follow through on the long, tangy finish. The flavors are big and vibrant yet remain very stylish and precise. This creates a wonderful “tension” on the palate. The tannins are pronounced but very suave. (By the way, though much too early to consider food parings, this wine's earthiness kept putting me in mind of unembellished roasted squab.) Is it as good as, say, the 2010 Domaine Faiveley Corton “Clos des Cortons” Faiveley? Perhaps not but it is certainly nipping at its heels, and at half the price! This is a wonderful red Burgundy that needs at least a dozen years to really bloom. I cannot wait. 95+ points for now.
Drank from a 375 with about a half hour decant. Closing down, but not shut. A beautifully balanced wine with lovely perfume of rose petals. The oak was nicely integrated and not very noticeable, at least compared to other Bouchard reds. I know Corton is meant to be had at 20+ years, but there was no harm in killing this half bottle now. Now the question is whether I want to load up and wait 20 years to have it at its peak.
Cheerful, clear, light-medium ruby color. Nicely oak-tinged nose, but hot and generic on the palate, decent with food but tedious to sip and unmemorable. Another somewhat disappointing Bouchard offering.
I am changing my score as the bottle has been opened for 24 hours and needed it. I'm unsure if this will become a great wine, as it's lost some fruit but also has mellowed since yesterday, losing some of those harsh tannins and heat on the finish. The nose which was quite fine, with blackberry, dark cherry- and the palate, while initially delicious, are more marked now by soil tones and a perfumed lavender/lilac element. A very, very, good wine, perhaps not quite in the class of the really great '10s, of which there are many, but maybe...
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