- RegionCôte de Beaune
- AppellationCorton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
- Grape varietyChardonnay
- Average vine age 30 years
- SoilStony limestone
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential10-15 years
- Serving temperature 12-14°
- After the ravages of the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century the Latour family took the then unusual decision to tear up the dead Aligoté and Pinot Noir vines and replace them with Chardonnay. This decision leads them to create one of Burgundy's most celebrated white whites.
Today the Latour family owns 11 hectares which makes them the biggest owner in the appellation. The Latour's Corton-Charlemagne vineyards are located on a prime section of the Corton hillside where the south-easterly aspect ensures maximum exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness.
- FermentationTraditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
- Ageing8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 100% new
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
- Tasting NoteWith a golden yellow colour, the Corton-Charlemagne 2011 has a complex but intense nose. With notes of vanilla, mocha and nut, this wine is ample with a round structure. One discovers hints of almond pastes with a lovely mineral finish.
- Food PairingShellfish - lobster - foie gras - fish - mature cheeses
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 94/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - September 2014 - 94/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Spectator Insider- July 2014 - 92/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Jancis Robinson - February 2013 - 17/20
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Tim Atkin 2011 Burgundy Special Report - UK - 91/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - The World of Fine Wine - February 2013 - 17.5/20
- Corton Charlemagne 2014 - Wine Spectator (USA) - December 2016 - Highly recommended 95/100
A broad, charming white, featuring lemon, baked apple , vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors, with fine concentration and length. Shows a bright structure and chalky intensity on the slighlty tannic finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. BS
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Vyno Žurnalas - Lithuania - October 2016 - 95/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2016 - 94/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Burghound.com - June 2016 - 95/100
There is lovely intensity to the strongly mineral-inflected and muscular big-bodied flavors that display fine cut and plenty of punch on the pure and relatively refined finish that delivers flat out superb length. This is potentially excellent though note well that it's going to require plenty of bottle age to realize its full potential.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Wine Chronicles - May 2016 - 93/100
Complex aromas and flavors include white flower, ripe and juicy white pear, wet and flinty stone and touches of grilled almond. The palate is juicy and full bodied, with energy as well as opulence (14% alcohol). Very long, yet delicate finish. 2014 is shaping to be a simply gorgeous white wine vintage in Burgundy and this is yet more proof. I tasted this once again as part of a 2014 horizontal just before dinner, with similar impressions: after the Montrachets this wine seemed just a bit more fresh and bright, with a fabulous balance of weight and acidity, dry extract, lovely notes of white stone fruit. This confirmed the positive experience at the master class. I'm a buyer.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Tim Atkin - February 2016 - 94/100
The extensive Latour holdings (all 12 hectares of them) are mostly south-facing on the Aloxe-Corton side of the Grand Cru. This sees 100% new oak, and is a little marked by it at present, but has plenty of richness and savoury concentration underscored by acidity. 2018-27 (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Wine Spectator - February 2016 - 93/100
The Corton-Charlemagne is showing well, with floral, lemon cake, spice and toasted brioche flavors. (tank sample) By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Burgundy Report - January 2016 - "This will be superb"
A round, bright nose that fills the glass but has fine and precise citrus complexity. (...) The finish is a wide and beautiful thing. This will be superb. (cask sample) By Bill Nanson (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 - Decanter - January 2016 - 95/100Bracing apple and pineapple fruit with a lot of oak and considerable tension. Very rich, spicy and vivid, with good acidity - youthful and pungent, long, oaky finish. By Stephen Brook
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2015 - 95/100 - Cellar SelectionThere was less than half the normal production of this flagship white in 2013. However, the wine conveys the rich character that is associated with this powerful cuvée. It has density, ripe structure and a background of toast and honey. The wine needs to age for several years, drink from 2020. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Wine Spectator - June 2016 - 92/100
Apple, pear and spice aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this rich, expressive white. Creamy in texture, this displays intensity and a long, spicefilled aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2022.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 97/100OMG.
This is so layered and dense with dried pineapple and apple. The concentration
and depth is amazing. Full-bodied and dense plus super fruit. This is less than
one fourth of the production. A crazy white. Drink, if you can find it.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Burghound.com - June 2015 - 92/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). (...) There is very good intensity and richness to the attractively mineral-tinged flavors that display noticeably dryness on the somewhat gassy finish. By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - The World of Fine Wine - 2015 - 16,5/20Ripe citrus-and-mandarin nos. Ripe and creamy, quite concentrated but only moderate acidity. Nonetheless, it's tangy, mineral and moderately persistent, with a toasty finish.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Burgundy Report - December 2014 - "Brilliant""It's the vintage, but it's not as ripe as we would have hoped, yet there's intensity and balance.Here the nose is fresher, more precise and more mineral - not better, but very different. Big in the mouth, despite some silkiness there is a little more muscle on display and more minerality too. Again a very brilliant length with a faint tannin. This will be brilliant but I don't know if this will ever taste as pretty as the Montrachet!
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Tim Atkin - January 2015 - 93/100 (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 - Wine Advocate - December 2014 - 91/100The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, picked on October 8 has a lifted citrus lemon and orange-sorbet bouquet with fine delineation. The palate is fresh on the entry with decent weight, cohesive in the mouth, with light bitter lemon and granitic finish. I actually find more complexity here than in the Montrachet.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Tim Atkin - February 2014 - 93/100 (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Wands - January 2015 - 17/20
- Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2012 - Wine Chronicles - May 2016 - 94/100
Out of the four 2012s, this stood out best, with more immediately pleasing flavors and aromas - but also loads of complexity and delicacy. Words like "clean" and "polished" and "refined" came to mind, its full bodied expression of dark cherry fruit, cassis and touches of licorice leading to a long and cooler fruit driven finish, with more lift than the others. Great stuff !
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Wine Chronicles - May 2016 - 90/100
Of this four vintage flight (2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008), this showed perhaps the weakest. It is very good, mind you, but showing more evident yellow stone rather than white stone fruit. The texture is somewhat more viscous and rich, with a touch of warmth on the finish, perhaps lacking the balancing acidity of the 2014, tasted just before. Still, left alone, a fine wine to enjoy with grilled fish or perhaps lobster with butter and lemon.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Wine Spectator - Juin 2015 - 93/100Tropical notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit peel and spice combine in this fleshy white. Stays vibrant and long, if still a little raw on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2028.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - The Sunday Business Post - February 2015 - 93/100 (Ireland)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Apstein on Wine - December 2014 - 94/100Latour, the largest owner of Corton-Charlemagne, makes sensational wines year in and year out from that vineyard. Indeed, in my opinion, there is no better producer of Corton-Charlemagne. As expected from Grand Cru white Burgundy, Latour's Corton-Charlemagne bottlings evolve gracefully and improve over a decade or two. Latour's 2012 leads with gorgeous aromatics and follows with a spicy ripeness and beautifully balancing acidity. Its Grand Cru status is clearly evident in its elegance and length. Remarkably open and approachable at this stage, this is a Corton-Charlemagne I would plan on drinking in its first 8 to 10 years of life. Michael Apstein (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Burghound.com - June 2014 - 93/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). (...) There is good richness and power to the overtly muscled and well-concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating dry extract before terminating in beautifully long and well-balanced finale. This is perhaps not as elegant as it usually is though it is even more powerful and concentrated. 2020+ By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Burgundy Report - June 2014 - "impressive"Cask sample. The nose is dense and intense and ripe, yet finely fresh.(...) whilst the acidity remains rather understated, the intensity of this wine is carried very well. Not that dynamic today, more contemplative but there's really impressive dry extract. - Bill Nanson
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012 - Jancis Robinson - January 2014 - 17/20Respectable if a little diffuse on the nose. Rich and almondy. Not as concentrated as you might want from a grand cru. Sort of ticks boxes rather than excites the senses. But on the finish there is a suggestion of future glory. Quite persistent. Drink 2016-2023 (cask sample) UK
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 94/100
Wears the oak very lightly, a gentle custard and almond background, some complex sulphide reduction that suggests long life, but really focused on the tight, fresh orchard fruits. The palate is limpid and pure, another fine Corton with slippery texture and the fresh juice of lemons and limes, and a hint of fat, of peach in the mid palate before a long and very fresh finish. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - September 2014 - 94/100One of the flagship wines of Louis Latour, this has a great weight, richness and ripe yellow fruits, all surrounded by wood and citrus flavors. A sense of mineral in the texture adds complexity, while the firm structure needs to age. Drink from 2018.-R.V.
- Corton-Charlemagne 2011 - Burghound.com - Allen Meadows - June 2013 - 93/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). A restrained, indeed almost mute nose of Granny Smith apples and citrus aromas is in keeping with the rich and full-bodied but reserve flavors that possess very good size and weight, all wrapped in an intense, deep and sneaky long finish where noticeable wood surfaces. I like the concentration and this should be a rare Corton-Charlemagne that will be approachable in its youth. 2018+
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Wine Spectator Insider- July 2014 - 92/100An intense, concentrated style, with a mineral streak underlining the peach, apple, lemon and spice flavors. Showing polish and a long, spicy finish. Best from 2017 through 2028.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Jancis Robinson - February 2013 - 17/20 Cask sample. Restrained - more mineral than fruit on the nose - but hints at the concentration on the palate. The creamy oak effect is filled out by intense and zesty citrus fruit. Power and length and finesse. Impressive now but lots of potential too. Succulent as well as dense. Drink 2015-2025. By Julia Harding MW.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - Tim Atkin 2011 Burgundy Special Report - UK - 91/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 - The World of Fine Wine - February 2013 - 17.5/20Fresh, strong, but also with a pleasing delicacy of aromatics. A complete wine for the medium term. Should go much higher. By Michael Edwards (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - International Chardonnay Symposium Wine Competition - July 2016 - Gold Medal
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Wine Chronicles - May 2016 - 94/100
This showed very well, echoing the 2014 tasted earlier in this flight, with white flower and wet stone and pear like juiciness, but perhaps a bit more weight, a bit more dry extract, hence just slightly higher scoring. It has quite a bit of opulence, certainly full bodied, but happily balanced by excellent acidity, and giving off an aspect of delicacy in its impressively long finish. Great vintage!
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 94/100
Gorgeous fresh but nutty refinement, with such lovely hazelnut and orange notes, citrus skins and some salts. Beautifully fruity palate with delicious sweetness allied to piercing freshness of the acidity, but the toast and power of the structure and fruit depth power through. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 98/100A
dense and firm Corton-Charlemagne with an amazing ripeness of tropical fruit,
but at the same time there's a brightness and crisp character. Full-bodied,
dense and tight. A beauty. The phenolic depth is amazing. The texture leads you
to a different level. Wow.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - The Sunday Business Post - February 2015 - 93/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - The Chef and the Grape - December 2014 - 94+/100Louis
a legend. This wine explains why: stunning layers, concentration, balance... the
words are pitifully weak next to the wine. This is truly one of the most
beautiful wines I've had in years and, hard for some to believe, is an
Excellent Value at $150 USD. If one could find a Bordeaux red of this calibre,
it would fetch $500++USD with ease and even a Champagne of this quality would be $300 USD. No - if you are a
wine-lover, forget whether you love red or white. If I was a dinosaur I would
be a "Bordeaux-a-saur” and yet even I acquiesce to this wines' greatness. By Kristof Gillese (Canada)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - My Wines And More - August 2013 - 94/100Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals, layered and complex nose. Scented and almost chalky minerals. Fresh acidity, lively and nuanced, refined, citrusy elegant minerality, savory, long.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 92/100This white offers apple, lemon and mineral aromas and flavors. The good structure pushes the finish to overdrive. Show potential. Best from 2014 through 2022. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2012 - 94/100Richly structured, this wine is all texture at this stage - although the rich fruit lingers underneath. Apple, pear and citrus fruits give this opulent, powerful wine its freshness. This has a great future ahead. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Decanter - July 2012 - "Stephen Brook's top white Burgundys 2010"Bold, oaky mineral nose, ripe and buttery but has a beguiling toastiness. Rich and concentrated, vigorous and spicy, bright and mineral. Very long, with an almost chewy finish. Great typicity. By Stephen Brook (UK).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 - Burghound.com - June 2012 - 91-94/100There is good detail, power, size and weight to the concentrated and mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent length on the bone dry and overtly austere finish. This should be a classic Latour Corton-Charlemagne in time. 2018+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 97/100A
white with amazing depth of fruit plus sliced apple, white truffle and lemon.
Full-bodied, and there's so much behind it. A great wine that offers more in
the future. Drink now or hold.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - The Sunday Business Post - February 2015 - 95/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Wine Spectator - June 2012 - 93/100Candied apple and lemon flavors are highlighted by butter and grilled almond notes in this opulent white. Concentrated and creamy, with a hint of seashore that adds another dimension. The saturated finish echoes the butter and nut themes. Best from 2013 through 2025. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - James Suckling on Twitter - June 2012 - "A revelation"Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne 2009 is a revelation. Complex, beautiful with layers of fruit, mineral and dried fruits. By James Suckling (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Wine Review Online - December 2011 - 95/100Some wineries are said to be on a streak when they put out 3 or 4 superb vintages consecutively. Latour, in contrast, never misses with their Corton-Charlemagne. As the largest vineyard owner in that Grand Cru, theirs' is widely available (at least for Burgundies) and very well priced (again, at least for Burgundies). Burgundy lovers will argue which they prefer, the leaner 2007, the tight mineraly 2008 or this more forward, but still well structured 2009. The 2009 has more opulence than the two prior vintages because of the overall warmer growing season. Latour still captures a lovely citrus acidity that balances the smoky minerality. Subtle peppery undertones add intrigue. While certainly more approachable than either the 2007 or 2008 at this stage, there's no rush to drink the 2009 (although it's pretty tasty now) as these wines have an extraordinary tract records of development with bottle age. By Michael Apstein (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2011 - 94/100Powerful, concentrated and intense, this wine rolls around the mouth in its rich opulence. The ripest of sweet apricot and pear fruits join buttery toast just laced with acidity. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Burghound.com - June 2011 - 93/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). A discreet touch of wood sets off aromas of dried rose petal, lemon grass and green apple that precede rich, full and obviously well-muscled big-bodied flavors that possess an intense minerality on the powerful, driving and palate staining finish that delivers simply terrific persistence. This imposing effort is most impressive and should offer up to a decade of potential improvement. 2017+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - The Star Online - March 2011:Floral basket, ripe summer fruits, apricots and vanilla. Smooth, silky, creamy and rich. By Ed Soon.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - The World of Fine Wine - March 2011 - 18/20Very youthtful pale gold, green-flecked; lovely profile of sweet, ripe grand cru fruit, friendlier at this point than usual but with great potential for aging. Terrific length and definition. By Michael Edwards (UK).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - TimAtkin - 96/100The best wine from Latour's own vineyards in 2009. The nose is a little oaky, but there's plenty of texture, honeyed richness and spice on the palate, even for a Corton-Charlemagne. 4-10 years. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Chris Kissack - January 2011 - 18/20Plenty of youthful oak showing on the nose here, giving the wine a very primary, spicy, new-barrel aroma. Behind that a polished character of fresh orange zest, acacia flowers and sweet peach fruit, all wrapped up in a tense, bright, lemon-face-cream frame. Very reserved and ungiving on entry but unfolding rapidly in the middle to reveal a dense core of spicy citrus fruits wrapped in oak, with good grip and vigour. There are some subtle elements of coffee bean alongside, probably oak-derived. Good dense spice on the finish, punchy and long. A massive step up from the premier cru wines. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 - Jancis Robinson - January 2011 - 17/20Drink 2011-2015: Louis Latour owns 9.65 ha! Some real zest to this on the nose. Rich, even ‘buttery' in the style of old-fashioned Meursaults! Very rich palate entry and real weight. This is clearly Grand Cru quality. I can see this being lapped up in well-heeled banqueting rooms around the globe. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Wine Chronicles - May 2016 - 93/100
Here we go again, with wonderful aromatics and flavors, here more white juicy peach and wet stone aspects, the palate rich and substantial, hints of oak still linger at nearly 8 years of age, but the overall impression is of a more tightly wound up wine, and even a bit steely as compared to either 2014 and especially 2010. Give it time, methinks this will get really good with a few more years.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Sommeliers International - October 2015
Delicate notes of almond and some minerality are characterisitc of this wine. By Nelson Chow
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 94/100
A very late vintage, harvested in October. Big, powerful Jack Daniels nose, plenty of depth of aroma, a little coconut and some charming little floral notes emerging. Lots of layered subtle complexity here. The palate has delicious sweetness of fruit, hints of the exotic, but a fine, pure palate with beautiful balance. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - James Suckling - June 2015 - 94/100A
white with lots of dried pineapple and mango character. Full and round plus
very pretty fruit. Flinty with gun metal. Complex and bright. Drink or hold.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - The Sunday Business Post - February 2015 - 94/100
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Wine Spectator - May 2011 - 92/100An opulent style, boasting honey, peach, citrus, vanilla and pastry aromas and flavors. Very smooth and almost viscous in texture, yet stays fresh and long on the finish, with an attractive toasty aftertaste. Drink now through 2027.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2010 - 95/100Louis Latour has one of the largest landholdings in this famed vineyard and makes a classic, powerful Corton Charlemagne. The acidity of 2008 gives this wine even greater complexity and a purity of line to go with the power and density. Certainly for aging. By Roger Voss, USA.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008 - Burghound.com - July 2010 - 92-94/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). An upper register and highly complex nose of green apples, white pear and citrus notes introduces almost painfully intense, pure and impressively powerful big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that possess an almost aggressive minerality on the palate staining, tension-filled and driving finish. This is really a striking wine that is built to age as there is an abundance of dry extract. Gorgeous. 2016+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007 - Wine Tomas Word Press - December 2012 - 92+/100Nose: honey, citrus and zest, yellow apple, some baked apples, discrete perfume notes, mineral. Elegant.
Palate: good concentration, citrus, some yellow apple, very clear mineral note, some spice, good acidity, minerally aftertaste.
Summary: firm and more mineral on the palate than the nose indicates, slightly developed but still rather young. By Tomas (Word Press - Sweden)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007 - Jamie Goode's Wineanorak - April 2010 - 94/100100% new oak. Complex, broad, toasty, nutty nose with real intensity. The palate is bold and concentrated with spicy vibrancy and some minerality. Mouthfilling and lively with some savoury structure. Really bold and rich. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007 - Burghound.com - July 2009- 93/100(100% from vines in Aloxe and all domaine fruit). A toasty, expressive and highly complex nose of pain grillé, green fruit and dried rose petal leads to rich, full, well-muscled and impressively intense full-bodied flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that really coats the mouth on the long and serious finish. This is very Corton-Charlemagne in character and one that should reward mid-term cellaring. 2014+? By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Target Magazine - January 2011 - "Ideal for ageing"Almond and oak aromas intricated, in a complex hierarchy of layers and a mineral touch. No doubt, this wine is ideal for ageing. (China)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Vin Mat & Vanner - 92/100Generous round wine with hazelnut, nougat and buttery hints. Elegant oak in a long aftertaste.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Burghound.com - July 2009- 92/100A notably ripe but not exotic nose of green, yellow and citrus fruit complements reserved, intense, round and very primary big-bodied flavors that display obvious concentration and muscle on the dry but attractively textured and detailed finish. By the typical standards of this wine, '06 is a vintage that will drink well early as it's generous but focused. I personally would give it the better part of a decade but the midpalate fat is such that it will be approachable earlier than usual. 2014+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Wine Advocate - December 31st 2008- 90-91/100Latour's estate-bottled 2006 Corton Charlemagne displays lime peel, resin, and chalk dust in the nose; its sappy, pit- and citrus-fruit dominated palate resists the wine's 100% new wood well;and it finishes invigoratingly with an extended reprise of citrus, resin, and chalk. This should keep well for at least 6-8 years. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2008 - 95/100Power, density, huge richness - all the attributes you would expect from a Corton-Charlemagne. But, this being 2006, the ripe tropical fruits are crispened with acidity which cuts through the impressive opulence and ripeness. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Wine Spectator - June 24th, 2008 - 89-92/100Full, rich and powerful, with apricot and mineral flavors. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 - Jancis Robinson - February 2008 - 17+/20Fine, delicately spiced and slightly nutty citrus. Inviting subtlety. Much less subtle on the palate - broad sweetly spiced oak dominates at the moment but underneath there's a tight mineral streak and just enough freshness. Drink 2009-15. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 - Jersey Gallery Magazine - November 2011 - "An absolute masterpiece"It is an absolute masterpiece in complexity with a powerful aroma and intense flavour which will continue to evolve for many years to come. Smokey undertones give way to hints of roasted almonds enhanced by fresh acidity and balanced fruit notes. There are buttery aromas which continue onto the palate offering some vanilla and mango flavours enhanced by exotic fruit and citrus flavours. For a real treat serve Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru, Louis Latour with grilled lobster.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005- TheFineWineTimes.com - February 11th, 2010 - "A concentrated, powerful and complex Chardonnay"Hitting real quality here this is a nicely aged, concentrated, powerful and complex Chardonnay. Creamy and nutty on the nose with complex hints of minerals and white flowers and lightly integrated high quality oak. Rich and dense in the palate, quite mouth-filling with ripe aged flavours of citrus and pears. Excellent balance with med-high acidity holding the fruit in check. Good long mineral and vanilla tinged finish.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009- October 2009- BronzeHoneyed with elements of toffee on palate. Rich and viscous, powerful. Still young, long creamy finish. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 - Financial Times - January 2007 - 17+/20
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 - Wine Spectator - August 2007 - 93/100A powerful white, this exhibits nut, lemon cream and mineral flavors, shaded by spice. Intense and concentrated, with a tangy finish and a long aftertaste of butter-scotch and mineral. Best from 2010 through 2025. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 - Burghound.com - July 2007 - 91-94/100The majority of wines in the range have been expressive and open yet this is tight and backward to the point of reticence yet it is still beautifully elegant with green apple and acacia blossom aromas that merge seamlessly into stunningly rich, full and powerful flavors that possess real drive and punch on the penetrating finish that is chiseled and almost painfully intense. We'll see the final result once it's in bottle but this would appear to have terrific potential, indeed this and the Montrachet may be the class of the group. 2013+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 - Revue du Vin de France - February 2006 - "Fresh and firm balance"Golden robe and a lively edge. Mineral bouquet, along with hints of honey and vanilla. Intense white fleshed fruit ones. Unreserved on the palate, luscious aromatic expression, rich finale, lingering on the spicy white flesh fruit and dried fruit notes, fresh and firm balance.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 - The Buffalo News - September 9th 2008 - "Awesome"The 33 grand cru appellations represent only 1.5 percent of all Burgundies produced, and so they are priced accordingly. This is a wonderful wine that really needs at least seven years to begin to develop fully. Oak and ripe tropical fruit in the nose, with minerals and roasted nuts in the mouth, and a wonderful long creamy finish. Awesome! (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 - Wine Spectator - March 31st, 2007 - 91/100Round, full-bodied and lush. Packs butter, apple, peach and spice flavors into a generous frame, with a good underlying structure. Firms up on the finish. Best from 2008 to 2018. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 - Wine Review Online - September 2006 - "Impressive focus and finesse"The Corton Charlemagne 2004 shows richness even at this age and an impressive focus and finesse in the finish.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 - Burghound.com - July 2006 - 92/100Elegant and refined green apple, spice and slightly exotic fruit aromas and round, intense and moderately austere full-bodied flavors that are supple yet pack plenty of muscle and punch on the powerfully lo,g finish. It is certainly an excellent wine. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Vertical Tasting - La Revue du Vin de France - February 2006 - "Blends minerality and robustness as well as great longevity"The Maison's model, Corton Charlemagne, blends minerality and robustness as well as great longevity.
Golden robe and a lively edge. Mineral bouquet, along with hints of honey and vanilla. Woody oak aromas that are quickly overcome by intense white fleshed fruit ones. Unreserved on the palate, luscious aromatic expression, rich finale, lingering on the spicy white flesh fruit and dried fruit notes, fresh and firm balance. It might lack a bit of plumpness. One to wait on.
(None of the 2003 wines went through acidification) A more golden color. A bouquet of very ripe grapes, strong floral notes, a bit reserved but with great substance maturity, less of a mineral presence. Full and generous on the palate, fatty, with a good deal glycerol. More of a roasted wood nature, low acidity but balance is still present. Between substance and spicy vigor; a deliciously bitter finale. In terms of lavishness, entirely opposite of 2004. Wait 5 years.
Golden robe, but with freshness. Bouquet on a secondary register; minerality, nutty aromas, dried flowers. Dense palate, equilibrium, structured substance. Accomplishment of this hearty vintage, length that is well prolonged by a striking nervousness. It will go a long way.
Golden robe. Minerality, smoky notes, dry fruits, wilted rose petals, verbena. Supple palate, clear-cut and well-balanced, despite a slightly weak plumpness. Mineral finale, long-lasting, returns to smokier notes. Wait a bit more.
A paler robe. Discreet bouquet, finesse, minerality that is allied with dry fruit and floral notes. A plump palate, with volume, momentous freshness, roasted and apricot notes. A potent and expressive finale. Woodier in nature, but with volume, a well developed length, great future ahead.
Golden color. Discreet bouquet, honey, candied fruit and dried flower aromas. Wide palate; more complex notes of wax, dried fruits, balance between substance and freshness. Rather luscious for the vintage. Ready to be opened.
Golden robe. Honey, linden, verbena, lively palate, firm, great aromatic expression, dried fruits and mushroom aromas. Wine with its original acidity, but altogether thorough, a tad sophisticated. Racy, but not lacking gastronomical qualities. One to be opened.
Golden robe, still fresh. Mineral nose, smoky, mineral, waxy notes, still compact but becoming more complex. Lively palate, great substance, where roasted notes are exposed; roasted hazelnut. Ouvert finale where fruit regains ground. Minerality is the word of the day here! Can be enjoyed now.
Golden color. Nose of linden, quite complex, notes of over ripened fruits, leathery. Ouvert palate, well-balanced, potent bouquet. It can be enjoyed now; full flavor expression.
Corton Charlemagne 1992: An exceptional vintage!
Intense Golden Robe. Very luscious bouquet; honey, medear, and hazelnut aromas. Immensely wide palate, great expression and astonishing volume. Well-balanced thanks to brilliant minerality and exceptional aromatic power. Very prolonged finale, permeating, a cohort of scents; honey, dried fruits, angelica, a festival! Enjoy now.
Golden, still young. Complex bouquet; honey, noble minerality. Dense palate, a slightly more concealed aromatic expression than the 1992, but an immense potential. Great wine, in a stage of youthfulness. Enjoy now.
Great Minerality. Golden robe, smoky bouquet; hazelnut, wax, dry apricot hints. Lively palate, firm, outstanding deep substance, great aromatic expression and finale. Crystalline Vintage.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Vinavisen Magazine - February 2005 - 5 stars A citric bouquet and flavour blend together with scents of apricots and mangoes to fill the nose and the palate. Moreover, this lovely white wine has the special fine touch of "wine cellar", which you often find in great Burgundy white wines.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - South China Morning Post - July 2005 - "One of the richest fruity chardonnays"This Grand Cru white Burgundy is one of the world's richest fruity chardonnays, with many complex flavours than blend seamlessly. It's the perfect match for yellow oil crab soup dumplings. the soup adds succulent dimensions to the already rich wine. The crab's sweetness reverses some of the oak in the wine while enhancing the rich, complex fruit.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Spectator - May 31st, 2005 - 95-100/100Among my favorites of the range : the Corton-Charlemagne, powerful yet structured and long. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Spectator - September 2006 - 88/100This is concentrated and ripe, with flavors bordering on licorice, but mostly peach, mineral and spice; It starts out powerful, losing a little steam on the finish. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Burghound.com - October 2005 - 91/100Here too the nose has incorporated virtually all of the wood and offers elegant ripe and spicy green apple fruit aromas that complement the big, rich and very powerful flavors that are complex and massively long. Interestingly, the flavors seem almost heavy on the mid-palate yet there is good vibrancy to the finish that provides the necessary lift. This would merit a slightly higher score save for the noticeable finishing warmth. 2008+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Enthusiast - September 2005 - 93/100Latour's signature wine is huge in 2003 - certainly less subtle and less grand than the 2002, but still a great wine. It is rich , ripe and creamy, with toast and wood nuances. The power is dominant, but there is still the recognizable elegance of a fine Corton-Charlemagne. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 - Wine Advocate - 89/100:This grand cru was harvested at 14% natural potential alcohol. It displays rich, smokey aromas of minerals, sage, and toast. Armed with excellent depth of fruit, this light to medium-bodied offering is packed with minerals and fresh herbs that linger in its extensive yet slightly warm (from alcohol) finish. Austere at present, and slightly tight, it will require some patience. Projected maturity : 2008-2014. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 - Wine Review Online - September 2006 - 97/100:An oustanding wine, I would buy as much of this as you can afford and cellar it for at least a decade. Luxuriously rich and more intense than the 2001, the 2002 has great balance, acidity and finesse. I suspect i will be one of Latour's best.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 - Wine Enthusiast - December 2004 - 96/100Immense power lies behind he initially seductive nature of this wine. It is powerful, ripe, complex, full of trpical fruits, and still at first it seemes to be restaining this intensity. Give it 10 years and it will be mind-blowing. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 - Burghound.com - July 2004 - 92/100This didn't show very well the day I was chez Latour as it was clearly tired and there was quite a bit of unabsorbed SO2 on the nose. Still, the underlying material is so strong that it doesn't require a great deal off imagination to see where this will be in a year or two. Despite the bottling fatigue, this is still a very powerful, deep and sappy wine with intense minerality and a long finish. 2008+. By Allen Meadows (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 - World Wine Awards - Decanter Magazine - October 2005 - "Very good"Pale greeny yellow, closed but subtly oaky / minerally. Rich, ripe, ample wine, long accross the palate, full of both ripe fruit and minerally complexity. Long, fine complete. Very good. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 - Wine Advocate - February 2004 - 91-93/100Spicy stones can be discerned in the aromatics of the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne. Light to medium-bodied, fresh, and revealing impressive depth as well as concentration. It displays liquefied rock, pear, and apple flavours throughout its lengthy character. Notes of roasted herbs and minerals make their presence felt in its long, suave finish. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001 - Wine Review Online - September 26th, 2006 - 92/100Severe selection paid off with this wine. Tight and youthful, the 2001 has surprising ripness and length. It should unwind over the next decade and provide great pleasur.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001 - Wine Spectator - January-February 2004 - 87/100A big wine, firm and solid, with a rustic aroma of wood and earth. There is plenty of ripe, rich and structured fruit underneath. Best from 2005 through. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001 - Burghound.com - July 2003 - 89/100This is a good deal big and powerful. It is intense with minerality, plenty of sappy extract and dense, mouth coating flavors and fine length. This is also noticeably oaky with good if not exceptional Corton-Charlemagne character and bracing acidity. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2001 - Wine Advocate - Issue 146 - 91-94/100Potentially the finest Corton-Charlemagne Louis Latour has fashioned in years, certainly since the 1995, the 2001 bursts from the glass with oak-laced spices and minerals. There is great depth and density to its layered, powerful core. Loads of minerals and gravel interplay with pears in its satin-textured, focused personality. What will determine this wine's future is the juicy lemon notes that it revealed in its exceptionally long finish. If they remain in the background my score will ultimately seem conservative. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2000 - Wine Enthusiast - August 2002 - 92/100The 2000 Corton Charlemagne boasts aromas of gunflint, pear, smoked meat and butterd toast. White peaches emerge on the palate, but the primary flavors are of minerals and spice. Finishes with tons of citrus and an almost tannic feel. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999 - Wine Enthusiast - August 2002 - 93/100At this stage, this classic white Burgundy is still closed. But there is immense power, with wood and intense tropical-fruit flavors inside the firm young structure. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999 - Wine Spectator - February 2nd, 2001 - 90-94/100The white grands crus, Latour succeeded in producing big, rich, ripe wines. Corton-Charlemagne was picked at 14 percent potential alcohol. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999 - Wine Magazine - March 2004 - "Superb"The superb 1999 should have a tag round his neck saying, "Come back tomorrow" - though you can already detect the characters of mineral-laden apple, lemon, pineapple nut and straw flavours, they're presently masked by the high-class, spicy, toasty oak. But give the wine ten years in the bottle and they'll emerge in glory.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999 - Decanter - March 2003 - 5 stars Lemon gold. Powerful exotic fruit, rich, crisp and elegant, long spicy finish. Keep for 7 years+. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999 - Wine Advocate - February 2001 - 90-91/100 The 1999 Corton Charlemagne offers mineral and stone aromas.Medium-bodied, fat, and wide, yet elegant, it is a well-balanced, austere wine. Minerals, white fruits, and toasty oak can be discerned in this wine's character as well as throughout its impressively long finish. (USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998 - Wine International Magazine - May 2003A pale, light wine which may not have changed over the years. Drink from now on.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998 - The Beverage tasting Institute - 2000 - 94/100Rich straw hue. Generous aromas have a hazelnut and ripe fruit character. Concentrated and rich on the attack with a full body and a long, deeply-flavored finish. This is a blockbuster.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998 - The French Guide Hachette 2002 This pleasant '98, although light in style, has a fine body. It is yellow-green in colour and has a lemon and mineral nose with a subtle oakiness on the palate. A touch of vanilla softens a lively finish. A wine which will gain in stature as it matures. (France)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998 - Wine Advocate - April 2000 - 87-89+/100 This famed négociant firm's flagship wine, the Corton-Charlemagne, was extremely difficult to assess in the 1998 vintage. Austere mineral aromas lead to a bright, lemon butter-flavored core. It is superbly focused, and possesses stunning length, two attributes that are the hallmarks of greatness, yet when tasted, it was tightly wound. If this wine gathers richness and depth as it concludes its élevage, it may ultimately merit an outstanding score. USA)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1997 - Wine Magazine - May 2003 - "A real champion"From a vintage originally written off by many in Burgundy, this is a delightfull wine with power and structure. Drinking now, this is opulent and robust, shoowing exactly what makes Burgundy so pleasurable. A real champion from family with some of the finest holdings in this revered appellation.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1997 - Wine Advocate - June 21st 1999 - 91-93+/100 Latour's Corton Charlemagne is this négociant's flagship wine. The 1997's nose was rather unyielding on my visit to the firm's Château Grancey (in Aloxe Corton) cellars. With aeration, it revealed huge ripeness in its poached white fruit and hazelnut aromatics. On the palate, it is broad, creamy, luscious, and hedonistic. This medium-to-full-bodied Corton's flavor profile is composed of sweet pears, candied/spiced apples, sugar-roasted nuts, and hints of new oak. Moreover, it possesses a long, dense, and flavorful finish. By Robert Parker (USA).
- 1996 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru - Wine Advocate - 93-95 points :Louis Latour's Corton Charlemagne is fabulous. Its deeply ripe and reveals minerals, pears, nuts and roasted peach smells. On the palate, it explodes with massive, mouth-coating and super-focused layers of gravel, stones, sweet white fruits and honeysuckle blossoms. Full-bodied, oily-textured, and dense, this wine has exquisite balance as well as a precise, pure, highly-defined and formidably long finish.
- 1995 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - Decanter - July 1998 :Still quite closed on the nose with elegant fruit behind. A spicy, medium-weight palate with a touch of warming alcohol and resonable finish. Anice clean chardonnay elegant to the nose that follows through on the palate.
- 1994 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - Decanter - July 1998 :Almost overwhelming concentration of vanilla and honey aromas, as rich and as graceful as one expects. A delightful composition of free coocked apples, lightly-smooked butter and a citrus intensity on the palate. Magical stuff. Alush, sweetish new oak, Creamy, concentrated and opulent on the palate, mineraly and delicious, very reserved with fine potential.
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1993 - Tom Cannavan's wine-pages.com - August 2015 - 95/100
Beautiful nose, only the merest hint of delicious and natural oxidation, giving lovely nuttiness and sweetness. The palate is superbly sweet and it has real mineral freshness. The cool vintage gives this seriously nice edge and mineral definition into a long finish. (UK)
- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1971 - Jancis Robinson - August 2010 - Lovely, neat, dense and freshMagnum. This was one of the most impressive wines of all. It had lasted so beautifully. Deep orange in colour, it looked as though it might have been too old but in fact it was still lively and tangy. Some real richness (not simple sweetness) and only just fading. Lovely, neat, dense and fresh.