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Roger Voss

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Wines from Corton-Charlemagne

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Louis Jadot 2010 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  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)
96
points

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)
96
points

Bouchard Père & Fils 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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)
96
points

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
points

Louis Latour 2013 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  • Cellar Selection

There was less than half the normal production of this flagship white in 2013. However, the wine conveys the rich character that is associated with this powerful cuvée. It has density, ripe structure and a background of toast and honey. The wine needs to age for several years, drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
95
points

Domaine Méo-Camuzet 2013 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $307

This is a powerful, ripe wine, touched by its wood aging while having rich yellow fruits and a dense structure. Nervous tension comes from the acidity and the strongly mineral texture. It’s a magnificent wine that needs aging, so drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
95
points

Bouchard Père & Fils 2011 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $140

From the cool east face of the vineyard, this is crisp and tight, less opulent than some Corton-Charlemagne. It makes up in its rich structure, weight and tropical fruit flavors that are sliced by acidity. There is some kerosene along with these exotic fruits, and the wine does need to age. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (9/1/2014)
95
points

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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