2003 Vincent Girardin - Corton-Charlemagne Quintessence 750ml

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IWC 92-95   BH 91   WA 90  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92-95

(from two parcels of 70-year-old vines that produced tiny grapes with deep yellow skins, according to Girardin) Inviting bright yellow color. Superripe aromas of yellow fruits. Fat and creamy, with extraordinary sweetness of fruit. Expands impressively in the mouth. Hugely full wine but not at all phenolic. As rich and smooth as this is, it's still more backward than the "regular" cuvee

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Burghound | Rating: 91

(from 70 year old vines in Aloxe that are vinified and bottled separately) It was immediately clear that Girardin was extraordinarily proud of this wine as he enthused over the extraordinarily tiny berries that he explained was responsible for the wine's massive size and weight. While it is true that this is a big wine, I frankly found it to be only marginally superior to the regular cuvée while displaying a lovely spicy and very ripe nose of apple and pear that led to rich, full and powerful flavors that do indeed possess good depth and fine length. In short, this is certainly a fine effort but not noticeably better than several other offerings in the range.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Issue: Issue 19

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

Produced from purchased fruit coming from a parcel located in the Aloxe-Corton sector of its vineyard, the 2003 Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne (white) was vinified, aged, and bottled separately because Girardin was so impressed by the tiny berries his grower sold him. Its spiced pear aromas lead to a ripe, lush, soft personality revealing pear, apple, mineral, and spice flavors. This wine has delightful depth yet lacks the enormous concentration I expected from Girardin's description of the fruit. That being said, it is a definite step up from the normal Corton-Charlemagne cuvee in 2003.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 158

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Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

12 bottles owned by 6 collectors.

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About This Producer

Styled by Vincent Girardin, these white wines display their quality in finesse, aromatic purity, and harmony between richness and vibrancy. Girardins red wines are profound and intense, balancing tannin and ripe fruit. Vincent Girardin started in 1982 with just two hectares of vineyards. After assuming responsibility for his father's vineyards and exhibiting uncanny business acumen, he turned Girardin into a flourishing Domaine (owned vineyards) and micro-negociant (purchased fruit) enterprise. The Domaine was originally based in Santenay, but in 2002 Girardin moved the operation to Meursault. This new cuverie is testimony to his dedication to skillfully melding traditional vineyard management with modern, efficient winemaking.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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