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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Domaine Patrick Javillier Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006

Wow! I think that's what I tweeted when I shared this wine with friends on my recent European trip.

One other purchase made when in the UK was a copy of Jasper Morris MW's 'Inside Burgundy'.  A weighty tome, it imparts Jasper's 30 odd years of accumulated knowledge on Burgundy, and approaching 8 years as buyer for leading merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd.  Don't approach this book expecting parker-esque scores, this book is about the producers, people, their holdings and approach to wine-making.

On the Javilliers, and this wine harvested off of a mere 0.6Ha, Morris comments: "due south facing in Les Pougets, and thus needs to be harvested early to avoid becoming over-ripe". 

The wine spends time on lees, a long elevage seen as essential to develop in bottle.  This Corton-Charlemagne spending two years in barrel, fermented and matured entirely in one year old wood.  Then taken out of wood to spend further time in tank on fine lees.

The wine itself: quite subdued citrus on opening, some lovely hazel-nuttiness detected too. As often the case with Old World wines, the magic is on the palate.  A touch of apple and even a hint of apricot.  

In the mouth, it is mineral laden, voluminous with a glorious filling expression leading to some lovely acidity.  It's powerful and has this lovely concentration leaving a lasting memory through gentle, yet sustained, persistence.

Source: Retail, Hailsham Cellars
Price: 76.95 GBP
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Cork (of course)

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