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Wines from Corton-Charlemagne

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Roux Père et Fils 2008 Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

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  1. $164
All structure and textured fruit, this is a wine for the long term. All the elements are there, although restrained by the vintage. The yellow fruits are more peach than apricot, while wood is still domiNAt. But it does have the power and should be aged for 4–5 years.  — R.V.  (12/31/2011)
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Maison Champy 2008 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

A rich and generous wine, its fruit flavors coming from all directions and centering on a powerful, concentrated core. The wine has opulence, a well-judged amount of wood, and aging potential for six years or more.  — R.V.  (5/1/2011)
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Maison Jessiaume 2008 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $80
An appropriately rich wine, full, toasty and dense. The fruit is beautifully balanced with ripe acidity, just a touch of spice, citrus and an opulent, full-bodied character. It will certainly age, but is already very drinkable.  — R.V.  (5/1/2011)
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Albert Bichot 2007 Domaine du Pavillon Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

Plenty of ripe fruit and big texture on this intense wine, which hasn’t shown half its potential yet. The pear and white peach fruits are edged with minerality and a closed-in texture. The wood gives an unfortunate burnt edge that needs to soften out. Age for at least five years.  — R.V.  (7/1/2010)
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Domaine Laleure-Piot 2007 Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne)

  1. $178
You can feel the wood, rather than tasting it, such is the delicious fruit character: layers of ripe white fruits, shot through with citrus, white figs and crisp nectarine. The wine is edging towards youthful austerity but the fruit gives it great life and freshness. Imported by Robert Kacher Imports.  — R.V.  (10/1/2009)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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