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2015 Domaine Dublere Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 750ml

2015 Domaine Dublere Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

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Producer note: Blair Pethel described the 2015 growing season as one that "gave us very few problems overall. At first we had some oidium pressure but that was relatively simple to manage as it was dry and thus we could easily treat when necessary. For the rest of the season there really wasn't much to do except pray for rain as it was very hot and dry. We had a few storms in August and then again on the 1st of September which really helped the vines. I chose to begin picking on the 4th and it's honestly hard to imagine bringing in fruit that was any cleaner. Maturities were excellent though overall my yields were down between 20 and 25%. Just as I did in 2014, I used no new wood and only 25% of it was in one year old barrels. As to the wines, they're definitely ripe yet what impresses me so much is that they don't really drink like hot vintage wines as they're both fresh on the nose and vibrant in the mouth. I think they will please most people as there's really nothing not to like." I would characterize the domaine's performance as perfectly respectable in the context of what I found generally in the Côte de Beaune for the 2015 vintage.

Tasting note: A broad-ranging assortment displays notes of wood, petrol, ripe apple, pear and a hint of viognier. The wood found on the nose carries over to the palate as well though the big-bodied and concentrated flavors should have no trouble absorbing it in time, all wrapped in a strikingly long finish. This has fine development potential but should drink well after only a few years of cellar time if that's your preference.

90-93 Points - Burghound

Producer: Domaine Dublère
Website: www.domaine-dublere.com


Price: $149.99

Availability: 24

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Its adaptability to different soils and climates, and malleability in the wine room make Chardonnay one of the most popular and ubiquitous grapes. Responsible for some of the world’s most thrilling white wines wines including Champagne, it is in its homeland of Burgundy with villages such as Chablis, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that producers craft arguably some of the world’s finest wines. Chardonnay is also synonymous with California, where it can display riper, tropical fruit flavors, rather than the more restrained stone fruit and steely, mineral qualities often associated with its Old World and cool climate counterparts. While there are terrific fresh and vibrant Chardonnays made solely using stainless steel, the grape also knits terrifically well with oak, lending greater depth and weight in the form of a nutty, toasty and somtimes buttery component.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Burgundy
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.

Sub-Region: Corton-Charlemagne
The grand cru land responsible for the wine wine made on the famous Corton hill. The wine made from Pinot Noir is simply labeled Corton. The hill is shared between Ladoix, Pernand-Vergelesses, and Aloxe-Corton, but with the later taking up the lions share, with 75% of the hills grand cru.

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.