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1993 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

99Wine Spectator

A blockbuster with the finesse to seduce the most demanding aficionados of top white Burgundy. Voluptuous, supple and intense as can be, this opulent crowd-pleaser delivers plenty of toasted oak, apple, citrus and mineral character.

95The Wine Advocate

It has a quite brilliant delineation with flint and granite notes at first, hints of Granny Smith apples, pear and hazelnut emerging later. The palate is extremely well-focused, precise and harmonious. It is not a profound Corton-Charlemagne like the 1996 or the 2005, yet those fleeting glimpses of brioche and hazelnut on the crystalline finish are to die for. Sublime.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne is a historic appellation for Grand Cru Chardonnay in the Cote de Beaune of Burgundy. The 129-acre vineyard falls within the boundaries of three communes, Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny. According to Burgundian historians, the vineyard is named for Charlemagne, the 8th century ruler who conquered most of western Europe. Charlemagne enjoyed the red wine of Corton, but as he grew older his wife disliked the red wine stains in his white beard, so Charlemagne had white grapes planted in Corton. Today only Chardonnay is allowed to be planted in Corton-Charlemagne, and it is one of Burgundy's most celebrated appellations for Grand Cru white wine. The largest land owners are Louis Latour, with 24 acres; Bonneau du Martray, with 23 acres; and Bouchard Pere et Fils, 9.5 acres.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.