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2010 Domaine/Maison Vincent Girardin Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne
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92? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

Bright, pale yellow.  Reticent but very pure aromas of yellow peach, hazelnut and vanillin oak; comes across as riper than the utterly primary basic Corton-Charlemagne.  Sweet and fine-grained, with a distinctly silky texture to the yellow fruit flavors.  I find this less limey and minerally than the basic bottling, without quite that wine's tension.  In fact, the finish shows a slightly exotic apricot quality and a bit of youthful warmth.

93+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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