2011 Domaine Delarche Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1150320 93 points Wine Spectator

 The oak is well-integrated into this racy, harmonious white. Peach, apple, lemon and spice flavors abound while this remains taut and focused through the lingering finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.  (9/ 2014)

K&L Notes

Philippe and Etienne Delarche run a family estate of 9 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, mineral flavors. Only a tiny amount of Corton Charlemagne is produced, about 250 cases in most years. The vines average more than 50 years of age. Vines of that age produce small amounts of grapes, which creates a wine of body and density, very luscious when mature, and of course very scarce. The 2011 is a big, rich wine, bottled in November of 2012. It has had lots of lees contact, giving it a complex and rich finish. Done in 50% new french oak, but not in any way wood-dominated, this is a young, somewhat closed, but very attractive Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne at a very compelling price, thanks to K&L's direct import. Very pretty, very concentrated, very good, indeed. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 3/2013)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2014  | Send Email
I've gotten away from opportunities to drink Grand Crus on a regular basis, so having a bottle of this to try was a rare treat that I am eager to repeat. There is soft oak on the nose and palate, great acidity, and well integrated minerality with banana and lemon cream playing background roles. This wine has serious aging potential, but I wouldn't stop you from opening a bottle tonight.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.