2001 J.-F. Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1081309 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A myriad of spices and anise-spiked pears are found in the highly expressive nose of the 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. Medium to full-bodied, with levels of dry extract that would tip the scales, and a supple, fleshy character of intense width and power, this wine is amazing. Magnificently supple, yet focused, boisterous, yet refined, thick, yet balanced, it possesses a finish that easily lasts for over a minute. Moreover, it has all the ear-marks of perfection. This velvety-textured wine is jam-packed with minerals immersed in pear syrup, copious spices (including clove, ginger, and juniper berries), as well as a distinctive note of apple sauce. It is layered, opulent, and sexy, while remaining nuanced and seamless. Wow! (PR)  (6/2003)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 I was blown away by the power, verve and soil-driven complexity of Coche-Dury's 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. Full yellow in color, it’s approaching maturity but shows every sign of a continuing graceful evolution in bottle. Its vibrant apple, citrus peel and brown spice aromas and flavors have been joined by deeper notes of brioche, white truffle and porcini. This wonderfully tactile, plush wine boasts compelling sweetness leavened by lively acidity, and the musky, minerally, slowly building finish begs for a side of crustaceans. (ST)  (8/2015)

95 points Vinous

 We finished in grand style. Three Corton-Charlemagnes from Coche-Dury were easily among the most profound, monumental Burgundies I have ever tasted. I am not sure I own the vocabulary to do these wines justice. The 2001 Corton-Charlemagne was like a diamond in that each taste revealed a new facet as this extraordinary, explosive wine opened up in the glass. Sweet scents of lime peel and crushed rocks lingered on the eternal finish. Coche’s 1996 Corton-Charlemagne was just like his other 1996s; stagerring in its richness, complexity and sheer pedigree. The wine flowed onto the palate with tons of richly scented, layered fruit. It was a profound bottle with plenty of life ahead of it. The 1992 Corton-Charlemagne revealed tar, truffles, honey and smoke. It was creamy, soft and caressing from start to finish. I admit I didn’t taste the desserts. I was more than happy to spend a little extra time contemplating these transcendental, life-affirming wines. (AG)  (3/2009)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Like some (but not all) '01s, there is a deep yellow color but absolutely no trace of oxidation to the now fully mature and highly complex if slightly oaky nose that displays aromas of exotic yellow fruit, petrol and spice. There is excellent richness to the full-bodied and beautifully defined mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors culminate in a wonderfully seductive, long and palate staining finish. For my taste this is drinking perfectly now and should continue to do so for at least another decade. Compared to the heights to which this wine routinely ascends, the '01 is a very good but not truly great vintage yet it has its very own satisfying appeal. Consistent notes save for one premoxed bottle. Drink: Now+  (2/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Dense, concentrated, a good/average year. All his cuvées had good maturity and gras. Though it lacks a little bit of body. Grapes healthy enough. Jean-François warns we shouldn't drink it too early but it's pretty tempting. They weren't hurried to pick. 'A good density for a year classed average' - not least because of the hail elsewhere. Much darker than the preceding vintages. Actually I find the nose very open, much more so than any younger vintage. Quite expressive and open and lively. Fabulous now. Smoky nose and very tense and tight, with lovely layers. Maybe not a dense as some but gorgeous now, a bit like 2004 with accelerated bottle age. Long, savoury, and a great pleasure to drink now. 18.5/20 points. (JR)  (11/2009)

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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.
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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.