2011 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin

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In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves's son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines direct. "Vermots Dessus" comes from a site on the slopes just above the village of Savigny, en route to Bouilland. It is a vineyard with terrific potential for minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin Valley, as well as shallower topsoils. I was told this is 100% Chardonnay, although many of the vineyards in this area have some Pinot Blanc interplanted with the Chardonnay. This shows some minerality on the palate and a very nice drive. It is solid, delicious Chardonnay from the Cote d'Or, fermented and aged in small French oak barrels, at a most reasonable tariff. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2013)

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
Loads of green apple with crunch minerality, allspice and cardamom notes. Medium to full bodied for chardonnay but with the vibrancy of 2011's acid structure. Great now but forget a couple of bottles and open them 2 or 3 years down the road for a fantastic treat.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/16/2014  | Send Email
I'm always a big fan of this wine every vintage. It's so light on its feet and fresh on the finish, but without sacrificing flavor or complexity. There's not nearly as much richness or texture as most fuller-bodied Burgundian whites, but there's a fresh fruit and floral note on the finish, possibly added by the small percentage of Pinot Blanc in the mix. Lovely stuff.

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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.