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94-Point Grand Cru White Burgundy for Under $100 - 11/10/2019 - White Burgundy

Domaine Marius Delarche crafts some of the most compelling and affordable wines in all of the Côte-d'Or. Consistently among our favorites in their impressive portfolio is the Corton-Charlemagne. A wine of true distinction, it is always among the very best produced from this famed Grand Cru site. The 2016 is every bit as delicious as we had hoped, offering the perfect complement of ripe fruit, bright acidity, and minerality. Youthful and vibrant, it is just beginning to show signs of what is sure to be a dynamic development. Etienne Delarche clearly knows how to tease the very best from this historic vineyard, crafting wines every bit as good as his father’s bottlings from the 1990s. While other domaines charge well into the $100s for their Corton-Charlemanges, Delarche remains at an approachable $99.99. In terms of collectible white Burgundy, this 2016 is one of the best buys in the market. The trifecta price, points, and talented make this a must-buy opportunity.

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2016 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru ($99.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and juicy, featuring apple, lemon, butter and stone aromas and flavors. This white is austere and balanced, persisting on the long, mineral-infused aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2029. (BS)" (08/2019)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

You dont often come across Grand Cru white Burgundy for under $100, which is why this would be the perfect holiday Chardonnay to share with close friends and family. It has a beautiful bouquet of Meyer lemon, minerals, tangerine blossom, and just a touch of oak, which is by now beautifully integrated into the whole. It has lovely weight and richness, while staying bright and fresh, and the richness stays on the finish in a way only Grand Cru fruit can.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

The wines from Marius Delarche come from one of my favorite corners of Burgundy, Pernand-Vergelesses and Corton. Yeah, it is easy to say that you like Corton Charlemagne, and trying this will only reinforce everyone's opinions of this great Grand Cru site, and seeing that it is as expensive as a great many Premier Cru wines from other Villages this is a wine that should not be overlooked by drinkers or collectors. What is it that I like so much about the wines from this neighborhood so much, they feel different from the rest of white Burgundy. They have everything that I love in white wine, especially these Delarche wines, purity of fruit, minerality and intensity. This has breadth and richness but those two characteristics enhance the fruit and do not detract from it. This wine is great in and of itself. Writing this right now it also makes me think of two things. This is a perfect example of Grand Cru Burgundy, yes the site creates a bigger wine than let's say Le Montrachet, the intensity of flavors and the finish as Grand Cru. If you are just getting into Burgundy and you want to experience Grand Cru, buy this. The second thing is that is is the great bridge from CA Chardonnay and White Burgundy. So many wines from CA now say they are Burgundian, this is the Burgundian that they are more closely approximating. All that being said, this is a classic Corton Charlemagne that is so delicious right now that I am reluctant to tell you to put it in your cellar,

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

A Corton Charlemagne for under $100? Yes, please! My pain threshold for pricing has been greatly adjusted, especially when it comes to the prices of Grand Cru Burgundy. Just in time for the holidays we have a classically-styled, perfectly balanced and ridiculously long finished Corton Charlemagne that is perfectly suited for the cellar or the dinner table after a few hours or so of decanting. This wine has everything you want, refined orchard fruits, spice, minerality and depth all wrapped up in an amazingly approachable package. There are fewer and fewer opportunities to get Grand Cru Burgundy for under $100 and this wine will sell lout quickly so don't delay and lose out!