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Wines from Corton-Charlemagne

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Louis Jadot 2010 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $165
Corton-Charlemagne has produced a powerful and concentrated wine. The massive, opulent feel is balanced by tropical fruits and acids, which are layered between the toast and spice notes. It needs many years to mature.  — R.V.  (4/1/2013)
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Louis Jadot 2009 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $130
A hugely rich, powerful Chardonnay, layering ripe fruit with a core of tannic structure, acidity, wood and huge depth of flavor. The wine is concentrated, with layers of fruit and textured acidity. Of course, it needs aging—7 years at least.  — R.V.  (4/1/2012)
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Bouchard Père & Fils 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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Like so many producers and négociants, Bouchard Père has a slice of the action in this famed Grand Cru. Its interpretation is generous, going for the inherent richness from the terroir. This is a magnificently ripe wine, definitely opulent, with the generous wood enhancing the very ripe fruit. In all this splendor, it is good to find a delicious edge of acidity.  — R.V.  (10/1/2008)
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Louis Latour 2002 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $100
Immense power lies behind the initially seductive nature of this wine. It is powerful, ripe, complex, full of tropical fruits, and still at first it seems to be restraining this intensity. Give it 10 years and it will be mind-blowing.  — R.V.  (9/1/2004)
95
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Patrick Javillier 2011 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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This wine comes from the Les Pougets parcel, in the heart of the Corton-Charlemagne vineyard. It is an exceptional wine that’s concentrated and dense, with ripe fruit packed into a impressively structured parcel. Yellow plums and cherries, taut pink grapefruit and fine wood aging all add complexity and longevity. Drink from 2018.  — R.V.  (12/1/2013)
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Domaine des Croix 2011 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $160
A dry, mineral wine, hiding its potential richness. Flavors of ripe pears and yellow fruits are matched by lime acidity. The wine has considerable power and a dense character, showing the immense density that comes from this vineyard. Age for 4–6 years and more.  — R.V.  (8/1/2013)
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Olivier Leflaive 2010 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $170
Corton-Charlemagne expresses the power of Chardonnay, rather than the subtlety. Given that, Olivier Leflaive’s version is finely nuanced, and its weight comes as much from the rich white- and yellow-fruit flavors as the tight structure. Like most grand crus, this needs to age, so give it 5–6 years.  — R.V.  (4/1/2013)
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Domaine Vincent Girardin 2010 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $123
Powerful and concentrated, this has an intense expression of ripe tropical fruits. The wood shows strongly at this stage, although with this amount of richness, it has the weight and the power to develop well over many years.  — R.V.  (11/1/2012)
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