No premox, but no "wow" moment, either. Rich, deep golden color. Definite petrol odor, as noted below, detected on decanting. Let sit for 30 minutes before pouring, and petrol odor was mostly gone. Very muted nose-- nothing explosive about it, even after sitting in the glass another hour. Rich texture. An enjoyable Chardonnay with some age on it. Tasty, but just nothing special.
Nose: Extremely well balanced, with a nice richness to it along with custard, pears, peaches, lemon curds, crisco oils, and oranges. This shows off some of the Grand Cru depth while it also shows the maturity that would be expected of the age.
Taste: Full bodied with medium acidity. Everything is well in place and balanced with custard, pears, lemon curds, red apples, crisco oils, and some oranges.
Overall: This bottle wasn't showing any premox issues, which is always a nice thing. This is showing the right maturity one would want from a 13+ yr old Corton Charlemagne. I don't know if it will get better, but it is in a very good spot right now.
It is a shame that the beauty of this producer's 2000 Corton-Charlemagne has been marred by premature oxidation problems, with a relatively high percentage of flawed bottles. This particular bottle was NOT one of them. It was kindly provided by E.P. to guests at a walk-around wine and food party, and it was clearly a standout. Medium gold in color, it showed explosive aromas of jasmine, citrus peel, wet stones and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied on the palate, its flavors mirrored the nose and were framed by fresh acidity, well-integrated alcohol and not the slightest hint of oxidation. Concluding with a long, crisp finish, this was the 2000 Girardin Corton-Charlemagne that I would have expected! Drink now-2018.
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(Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne) Light medium golden yellow color; maturing, almond, hazelnut, vanilla oak and butter nose; tart citrus, lemon, mineral palate with medium acidity, a little unbalanced; medium finish
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