2011 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1237118 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained, cool and airy nose offers up notes of green apple, floral and wet stone scents. There is plenty of size, weight and intensity to the beautifully well-detailed flavors that display an overt muscularity before terminating in a balanced, long and impressively powerful finish that delivers outstanding length. A classic example.  (6/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Yellow-straw color. Flamboyant aromas of nectarine, peach pit, nutmeg, sesame and toasty oak, all lifted by a floral nuance. Rich, silky and mouthfilling, combining an almost glyceral texture with bright acidity and lively spiciness. Very fine-grained stone fruit flavors are complicated by a leesy quality. Finishes seamless, round and long. Suave elevage here. (ST)  (9/2013)

93 points Vinous

 2011 Corton-Charlemagne (from Les Languettes) is wonderfully salty, briny and energetic. Lemon, pastry, spice and slate notes develop in the glass, followed by a wealth of floral notes that give the wine its lift and inner sweetness. It will be interesting to see the direction the 2011 takes over the coming years. Today the 2011 is all about polish and refinement. There is a lot to look forward to here. 93+ (AG)  (9/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from the estate’s own vines on the east-facing slopes toward the bottom of Les Languettes. It has an elegant bouquet with touches of beeswax, honeycomb and spice that are crisp and well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a smudge of lemongrass on the entry, a crisp line of acidity with fine tension on the finish. This is a respectable Corton-Charlemagne that just needs to come out of its shell. Drink 2015-2025+ (NM)  (8/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 One parcel in Longuettes, Aloxe. They make another cuvée from bought-in fruit, so for this version, look for ‘Propriété de la Famille Drouhin’! Interesting nose. Not just rich and concentrated. Excellent depth and tension. Very good. Long and intriguing. (18/20 points)  (11/2012)

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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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- 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.