Vincent Girardin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
Vincent Girardin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Vincent Girardin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
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Girardin's "regular" bottling of 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is very good, offering up aromas of pear, citrus zest and peach, complemented by hints of freshly baked bread and anise. Full-bodied, deep and textural, it's ample and seamless, with bright acids and a saline finish.
Aromas of pear, buttered toast, quince, white flowers, and fresh bread introduce the 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, a full-bodied, layered, and intense wine that's racy and electric, with terrific concentration, tangy acids and a long, intensely sapid finish.
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru was one of the most introverted wines in the range, unwinding to reveal scents of pear, white flowers, confit citrus and a delicate top note of petrol. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample, and satiny, with a deep and intensely concentrated core, but it's still very reserved after its recent bottling.
Wafting from the glass with aromas of buttered orchard fruit, ripe lemons and blanched almonds, the 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is full-bodied, deep, and concentrated, with a broad-shouldered, powerful profile, chewy structuring dry extract and racy acids, concluding with a long and penetrating finish. This is a very persuasive wine from Girardin.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Corton-Charlemagne
Producer:
Vincent Girardin
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
Pairing Sugesstions:
Shellfish, Lobster, Goat Cheese, Green Vegetables, Grains and Legumes, Fresh Herbs and Aromatic Dishes
Style:
Grand Cru

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His reds are of consistently high quality, with the emphasis being on purity of fruit and smooth, supple tannins. However, it is with whites that he really excels,...

His reds are of consistently high quality, with the emphasis being on purity of fruit and smooth, supple tannins. However, it is with whites that he really excels, producing a range of wines which are characterised by their depth of fruit and exquisite balance. These whites are extremely approachable when young but the top crus benefit from 4-5 years of bottle ageing.

The reds are made including stems where possible, if ripe and healthy enough, and minimal handling during cuvaison: no punching down at all. As with the whites there is little reliance on new wood.

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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

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Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines...

Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Chardonnay grape variety.

The history of Corton-Charlemagne dates back to the 8th century, when the Emperor Charlemagne was said to have owned vineyards in the area. The vineyards were later acquired by the monks of the Abbey of Cluny, who continued to cultivate the land and produce wine. In the 19th century, the appellation was officially recognized and its reputation as a producer of high-quality wines began to grow.

The style of production in Corton-Charlemagne is traditional and focused on producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Corton hill, which is composed of limestone and marl soils. The vines are planted at a high density and are trained using the Guyot system, which allows for maximum exposure to the sun and optimal ripening of the grapes.

The Chardonnay grape variety is the only grape permitted in the production of Corton-Charlemagne wines. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for 12-18 months, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

Corton-Charlemagne wines are known for their rich, full-bodied character and complex aromas and flavors. The wines are often described as having notes of citrus, honey, and toasted nuts, with a long, lingering finish. They are best enjoyed with rich, flavorful dishes such as roasted poultry, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

In conclusion, Corton-Charlemagne is a world-renowned wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Its rich history, traditional style of production, and focus on quality have made it a favorite among wine enthusiasts and collectors alike. If you are looking for a truly exceptional white wine, look no further than Corton-Charlemagne.

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