2016 Domaine Jean Chartron Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 6-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1433562 94 points John Gilman

 The Chartrons lost forty percent of their production in Corton-Charlemagne in 2016. The wine has turned out beautifully, offering up a complex nose of pear, apple, hazelnuts, a touch of iodine, a fine base of chalky soil tones, a touch of honeycomb and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a rock solid core, impressive cut and grip and a long, nascently complex and focused finish. This is nicely round on the attack and snappy on the backend, which augurs very well for its future development. (Drink between 2023-2060) 94+  (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and toasty, with butterscotch and baking spice flavors wrapped around apple and lemon notes. Tightens up, yet remains long and savory on the spice-filled finish. Fine potential. Best from 2020 through 2027. (BS)  (9/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Corton Charlemagne came from a one-year-old barrel (there will also be a new and two-year-old barrel). It has a straightforward, brioche-tinged bouquet that opens nicely in the glass, with hints of peaches and cream, later gooseberry tart. The palate is well balanced, honeyed in texture with notes of dried apricot, frangipane and a hint of honey. It does not quite deliver the length, but this is undoubtedly a well crafted Corton-Charlemagne from Jean-Michel that will give immense pleasure over the next 10 to 15 years. (NM)  (12/2017)

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PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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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.