2015 Chateau de la Charriere Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Vignes Franches"

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Château de la Charrière is one of our most popular direct import producers and a label that easily represents the best bang for your buck we carry in Burgundy. Formerly run by Yves Girardin, the business is now run by his young son Benoit, who definitely has modernized the winemaking a bit since his first vintage in 2011. Whereas the wines were a bit funky and rustic previously, the past few vintages are much cleaner; showcasing the pureness of the pinot noir by de-stemming completely so as to remove tannic structure. The 2015 vintage represents their best wines to date, in our opinion.

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
The brooding, earthy and dark-fruited 2015 Clos des Vignes Franches, with notes of black cherry and warm baking spices, is a well-built, rich and concentrated wine. Demonstrating plenty of dark, ripe, flavor-intense fruit on the mid-palate with super clean style, this is a great example of the vintage. While completely delicious now, this wine has supreme potential in the medium term, making it a rewarding pick-up for this autumn and even the next.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2017 | Send Email
When we visited Chateau de la Charriere this past Spring to taste the 2015 vintage, we said to ourselves: "This could be the most exciting tasting of the trip." We thought that because the Charriere wines have always been well-made, but old school in style. We hoped the extra ripeness from the warmer harvest might do wonders for these bargain bottles and to our immense happiness, it did! The 2015 1er cru "Clos des Vignes Franches" is the best wine I've ever tasted from the property and now that they're destemming entirely, the fruit shines well beyond the structure. This is a dark, unctuous, and robust with gobs of blackberry and black cherry flushing out the palate. The tannins and acidity still provide a foundation, but whereas former vintages were a bit tough up front, this one is incredibly inviting. Make no mistake: the Charriere wines are the biggest Burgundy secrets in the store right now. The 2015 editions are tremendous values, offering old school rusticity with modern ripeness. Bravo!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
Benoit Giradin’s Beaune “Clos des Vignes Franches” is the darkest, deepest of the bunch. It is round, rich and velvety in the mouth with hints of cherry cola and blackberries. This wine has a nice tannic backbone and should age quite nicely.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13