Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michael Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils is one of the oldest wines estates in Burgundy perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. The Domaine’s ancient walls contain wonderful secrets as they house the greatest collection of old burgundy with historic wines dating back to the mid-1800s.
"Le Corton" is one of these historic wines and vineyards, which gave the name to the Corton appellation. The first traces of vineyards at Aloxe-Corton date back to the 2nd century B.C. and later Le Corton was to be the favorite wine of Charlemagne. In the 19th century, writer Guy de Maupassant contributed to its reputation by calling it the "roi des bons vivants" in his famous novel "Bel-Ami." Corton is the only red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune and the only Grand Cru in the Côte d'Or to be divided into "sous-climats." Bouchard Père & Fils owns one of the best “climats” in Le Corton and since 1976 Winemaker Philippe Prost has been guiding the wines of Bouchard Père & Fils. He has opened their historic cellars and shipped directly from the Domaine for us to taste treasures that include Le Corton 2009, 2000, 1985, 1978, 1976, 1969, 1961 and 1959.