Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Chardonnay) 2014
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"There is lovely intensity to the strongly mineral-inflected and muscular big-bodied flavors that display fine cut and..." ~ BurghoundWe really wanted you to feel the Ooh La La today, winelovers, so we've begged, borrowed and stolen in order to get our hands on this iconic stuff. Laouis Latour Corton-Charlemagne. A Burgundy white the likes of which you won't drink often... Make sure it's properly chilled before pouring. A shooter of white pumpkin soup with shrimp, shitakes and lemongrass will do nicely as a starter companion. And if you're feeling indulgent, make it seared foie gras on toasted brioche, topped with a spoonful of cherry-ginger chutney. Follow that up with a first course of burrata mozzarella on a citrus salad with basil and grilled sourdough. The acidity of this Latour is the perfect foil for the rich, creamy cheese. Sauteed flounder with celery root puree, roasted carrots and a Meyer lemon sauce will go beautifully with the lemony notes in the wine. Garlic-roasted lobster with duck fat fingerling potatoes will bring out the delicate smoky nuance in the wine. Bring the house down with a rich butterscotch pudding incorporating salted caramel, topped with creme fraiche. Your diners won't know what hit them. Ce'st ca et c'est fini, winelovers!
Wine Spectator: Designated Top 100 Wine of 2016. "A broad, charming white, featuring lemon, baked apple, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors, with fine concentration and length. Shows a bright structure and chalky intensity on the slightly tannic finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 3,100 cases made." Dec 2016
Decanter: "Very close, so little aroma. But the palate has bracing apple and pineapple fruit, a lot of oak and considerable tension. Very rich but spicy and vivid too, with good if not exceptional acidity. Youthful and pungent with a very long, oaky finish. Drinking window: 2020-2032." Feb 2016
Burghound: "There is lovely intensity to the strongly mineral-inflected and muscular big-bodied flavors that display fine cut and plenty of punch on the pure and relatively refined finish that delivers flat out superb length. This is potentially excellent though note well that it's going to require plenty of bottle age to realize its full potential." Jun 2016
Winery: "With a superb pale yellow colour, our Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 shows an intense and complex nose of grilled almond with lightly smoked notes. Aromas of almond paste blends with flinty notes. The mouth is powerful, generous and frank. We also find grilled notes and fresh almond aromas. Very beautiful length, with nice minerality. Serve between 54-57 degrees F. Cellaring potential: 10-15 years.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, lobster, foie gras, fish and mature cheeses."
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
14.0% Aging: 8-10 months in 100% new French oak barrels, medium toasted
Region: Burgundy, France
Production: Limited to 3,100 dozen