2009 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin

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From just above the village of Savigny, enroute to Bouilland, this has always been a vineyard with terrific minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin valley, as well as shallower topsoils. In a charming vintage like 2009, this site can produce wines of charm and elegance as well. This is no exception, showing more restrained character than Girardin's Santenay Sous la Roche, with bright minerality, attractive citrus and lemon notes, lots of complexity and a long and elegant finish. This is terrific! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
If there were a master class on using oak to enhance rather than dominate a wine, I think this wine could be lesson number one. It has a softly spiced nose that allows the citrusy, mineral character of the Chardonnay to shine through, but pretty butterscotch and sandalwood notes that accent it. There's barrel-supplied richness on the mid-palate, too, but its countered by good acidity. A balanced, deliciously appealing Chardonnay at a great price.

 By: The Queen |  Review Date: 11/13/2011 
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This provided a tad more than I expected. Excellent.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.