2010 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1114318 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant pale yellow. Precise, penetrating aromas of green melon, ginger, quinine and dusty stone. Silky on entry, then sappy and deep in the middle, with a powerful crushed stone character and strong limey acidity combining to give the wine uncanny energy. This is almost painful today. This extremely dense, long wine may ultimately surpass Jadot's Chevalier-Montrachet. 96(+?) points  (9/ 2012)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't miss!* Wood toast and strong reduction presently render the nose unreadable but there is excellent freshness and verve to the intensely mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that possess impressive mid-palate concentration. There is good richness to the mouth coating, dry, clean and pure finish that is perhaps slightly less distinguished in 2010 than I'm used to seeing. That said, this is still entirely admirable and in fairness, the wine is clearly youthfully awkward today and thus may not be revealing its true potential.  (6/ 2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Jadot’s 2010 Corton-Charlemagne (from Pougets) is surprisingly seamless from start to finish. Bright floral notes lead to pears, apples and white peaches. The 2010 has both softness and superb delineation. Although it is immensely appealing today, the Corton-Charlemagne is best cellared for at least a few years. The balance and overall sense of harmony are both striking. Anticipated maturity: 2020+.  (8/ 2012)

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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.