2014 Domaine du Pavillon (Albert Bichot) Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5L) (Previously $300)

SKU #1283828 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best of 2016, Cellar Selection* This wine has power along with great fruit and a rich structure. Yellow fruits are laced with a more finessed texture that adds minerality. It is a dense wine, full of fruit, with a measured touch of wood. Age this until 2021. (RV)  (8/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine du Pavillon) was not picked until the last moment to obtain the ripeness. It has a well defined bouquet with citrus peel, a touch of brioche and orange blossom, quite precise but it needs bottle age to develop intensity. The palate is fresh on the entry, quite rounded in the mouth, better concentration here than many of its peers with a rounded, lightly honeyed finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a very fine Corton-Charlemagne from Bichot with more potential than many others that I tasted. (NM)  (12/2015)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is no reduction present on the restrained nose that only grudgingly offers up notes of green apple, white flowers, lemon rind and wet stone. There is outstanding richness to the full-bodied middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering fine length on the precise and moderately austere finale. This is not especially dense in the context of the appellation and is rather a Corton-Charlemagne of relative refinement that should drink reasonably well after only a few years of bottle age.  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Perfumed, elegant, open-knit and broad. Finishes with toffee apple and slaty aroma. Satisfying, statuesque, very lengthy. A completely typical Corton-Charlemagne. 18/20 points (RH)  (12/2015)

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- 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.