Bruno Clair Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
Upon release, the wine is a yellow gold color. Very beautiful aromatic expression with a very wide range of aromas. Great roundness and exceptional length in the mouth.
Reduction dominates the nose and renders it presently unreadable. There is really lovely vibrancy and minerality to the complex, long, serious and concentrated large-scaled flavors that possess outstanding depth and first-rate length. This should be excellent in time though it will definitely need a few years of cellar time first.
Barrel Sample: 91-94
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.
A classic source of exceptional Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir, the Côte de Beaune makes up the southern half of the Côte d’Or. Its principal wine-producing villages are Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet.
The area is named for its own important town of Beaune, which is essentially the center of the Burgundy wine business and where many negociants center their work. Hospices de Beaune, the annual wine auction, is based here as well.