2015 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1331705 94-97 points Wine Spectator

 And then the grands crus, beginning with the austere, lemon-, apple, and stone-flavored Corton-Charlemagne, with its endless finish, from a parcel on the Pernand-Vergelesses side balanced with a parcel on the Aloxe-Corton side, picked the same day in 2015 and cofermented.-BS  (3/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too displays notes of smoky mineral reduction along with notes of green apple, spiced pear and white flowers. There is a beguiling sense of tension to the sleekly muscular big-bodied flavors that are also quite mineral-driven on the powerful, beautifully long and citrus-tinged finale.  (1/2017)

94 points Vinous

 (100% from the Aloxe side as the Pernand side of this grand cru was totally frosted): Bright, light yellow. Very reticent but pure scents of lemon zest, menthol and wet stone convey outstanding calcaire energy. Tactile and energetic, displaying an exhilarating balance of sweet and saline elements. The impression of sucrosité gives the middle palate a creamy richness but the intense nectarine fruit comes across as extremely primary and fresh. Finishes with outstanding palate-dusting minerality and rising length. Not at all austere owing to its tactility, but this wine should nonetheless age slowly and gracefully.(ST)  (9/2017)

93 points Decanter

 A 50:50 blend of fruit from Ladoix and from Pernand, this is a classic Corton-Charlemagne showing a reserved bouquet of crushed rocks, lemon and white flowers. The glossy, textural but tight-knit palate has a firm core of vibrant acidity and extract. Drinking Window 2024 - 2045.(SB)  (2/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru has a slightly smudged bouquet at first, hints of wet wool infusing the green apply fruit, missing the drive of the Meursault Les Perrières that preceded it during my tasting. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, a little candied on the opening with a slight minty note that is unexpected. It sashays towards a harmonious finish that probably deserves more complex aromatics. Perhaps they will develop in bottle?(NM)  (4/2017)

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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.
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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.
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.