Bouchard Père & Fils 2007 Corton-Charlemagne
It was not the père but the fils at the firm of Bouchard who spearheaded the family’s foray into the realm of wine. The first member of the family to sell wine through his father’s textile business, Joseph Bouchard soon took the process a step further when he began to acquire vineyards throughout Burgundy. Now owned by Maisons & Domaines Henriot, Bouchard Père & Fils’ holdings exceed 300 acres of vines, 30 acres of which are located in grand cru–classified appellations. Among white Burgundies, the best known and the most prized are perhaps those from Montrachet. But the Bouchard Père & Fils 2007 Corton-Charlemagne (www.bouchard-pereetfils.com, $140) answers the opulence of its rival grand cru whites in the Côte de Beaune with intense lime aromas, crisp green-apple fruit, and an elegant structure.