2004 Vincent Girardin - Corton-Charlemagne 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Corton | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($101; according to Girardin, all these '04s were racked without air at the end of August, 2005, then returned to used barrels with their lees until they were assembled in tank for three weeks prior to being bottled in March of 2006, fined but not filtered) Pale yellow. Aromas of mirabelle, nutmeg, candied ginger, and spicy, vanillin oak. Tight, taut and penetrating, with a powerful structure and very firm acidity suggesting that this grand cru will need at least five to seven years of aging. The '05 version is much easier and sweeter in comparison, but this is chewy, powerful and gripping, not to mention elegant. Finishes very long, with notes of mint and wet stone.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

1. Full and rich. Lively and nerveux. Maybe Les Combettes is even better value? But it tastes of Corton-Charlemagne. Correct, rather than exciting, on the nose. Though there is very good depth of flavour. Very full and quite expressive. Slightly Marks & Spencer version.

Drink Dates: 2009-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Average rating: 91, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

384 bottles owned by 104 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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