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Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/20/2012
Muted, almost marsanne-like in character. Ready now.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/28/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
One of the great white wines of France, this 100% Chardonnay was full and ripe tasting, but well structured and somewhat dry; in the mouth, the wine showed no shortage of palate-cleansing acidity (which I like), making it a perfect pairing with Alaskan King Crab Legs with drawn butter. To me, this appellation has always had sentimental value, because Pat and I visited the site in 2006 and saw where the grapes were grown.
The appellation was named for the Emperor Charlemagne, who once owned this vineyard. As the story goes, he planted white grapes because his wife complained red wine was staining his beard!
The 2004 vintage was rather lean and produced relatively acidic wines. This bottle had just entered it drinking window and put in a good performance. I would think it will really hit its stride in 2013, and continue to drink well through 2020 at the latest.
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