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Wines from Corton-Charlemagne

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Albert Bichot 2006 Domaine du Pavillon Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

As a Corton-Charlemagne should be, this is big and opulent. The minerality is quite present, a fresh addition to a wine that has more to do with ripe, racy tropical and yellow fruits that fill the mouth. It is not a wine for aging, maybe 2–3 years, but is certainly delicious now.  — R.V.  (5/1/2009)
93
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Bertrand Ambroise 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $189
Still young, this is a wine that needs to open and ripen. But already there are signs of richness, a wood- and tropical fruit-flavored wine that is typical of the full character of a Corton Charlemagne. It would be worth keeping 2–3 years for the wood to soften, the fruit to round out.  — R.V.  (5/1/2009)
93
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Maison Champy 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $130
Showing the typical power of Corton-Charlemagne, this is a classic wine that offers full-on fruit allied to a strong wood element. It is rich and bold, flavored with white fruits, apricots, almonds and spice. While it is drinkable now, it would certainly repay cellaring for 3–4 years.  — R.V.  (5/1/2009)
93
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Roux Père et Fils 2006 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

As befits the richest of the white grand crus of Burgundy, this wine is a big, bold expression of yellow fruits and full-on toast. These form a fine contrast with the freshest of acidity, the green edge and a delicious, juicy aftertaste. Give it 4–5 years.  — R.V.  (10/1/2008)
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Roux Père et Fils 2005 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $120
Appropriately big and burly, full of ripe fruit, rather soft as well as rich. With its yellow fruits, layers of white currants and a powerful wood element, this is a wine that is still knitting together. There is potential here, especially from the underlying acidity. Give it 4–5 years.  — R.V.  (5/1/2008)
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Domaine Bertagna 2004 Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $145
Big, opulent and rich, this is all fruit. While there is a hint of wood, the wine is generous with tropical flavors and ripe white pears. If it wasn’t for the acidity, this could be New World.  — R.V.  (3/1/2007)
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Lucien Le Moine 2003 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $150
Tasted twice, two months apart. This wine was fabulous on both occasions, combining the fat, fleshy ripeness and honeyed fruit of the vintage with the minerality of its grand cru site. Smoke, citrus and toasted nuts round out the flavors, which finish long and complex. Delicious now, but should hold several years at least. Imported by Vintus LLC.  — J.C.  (4/1/2006)
93
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Louis Latour 2003 Corton Charlemagne Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $140
Latour’s signature wine is huge in 2003—certainly less subtle and less grand than the 2002, but still a great wine. It is rich, ripe and creamy, with toast and wood nuances. The power is dominant, but there is still the recognizable elegance of a fine Corton-Charlemagne. Imported by Louis Latour.  — R.V.  (9/1/2005)
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