2017 Albert Bichot Domaine du Pavillon Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Cote de Beaune, France

$269.99 USD

Winemaker Notes
Of infinite delicateness, the express buttery notes, aromas of baked apple, citrus fruit, pineapple, linden blossom, juniper, cinnamon and flint. Hints of honey are also common. The concentration, distinction and balance of this Chardonnay are pleasantly surprising. The finish is complex and intense.

Rated 96 Points James Suckling
A very classic Corton-Charlemagne that’s very powerful, but very cool and fresh with a super mineral personality. Concentrated but finely etched palate with great acidity that drives the very long, stony finish. Better from 2021.

Rated 95 Points Wine Spectator
A lean, sinewy white, featuring peach, pear, mineral and pastry flavors, bound up on the dense, tensile structure. Well-marked by the toasty oak now, yet saturated with flavors that come back in waves on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032.

Rated 94 Points Decanter
Like fellow Beaune-based négociant Joseph Drouhin, Albert Bichot source their Domaine du Pavillon Corton-Charlemagne from Les Languettes on the Aloxe-Corton side of the hill. This is another wine with quite a bit of power, as well as sweet oak and patisserie notes, but there's a delightful freshness and zip at its core. Drinking Window 2020 - 2027

Rated 94 Points Burghound.com
This too is quite restrained with its cool aromas of green apple, petrol, white flower and background wisps of various citrus nuances. There is fine volume to the delicious, intense and markedly stony larger-scaled flavors that are at once caressing yet powerful before culminating in a clean, dry, focused and serious finale. This too will need at least a few years to unwind and develop more overall depth.

Rated 92 Points Vinous
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is very concentrated on the nose, offering scents of citrus fruit, honeysuckle and white peach; a little grilled walnut comes through with time. Maybe it comes across a tad New World in style. The palate is balanced with ripe citrus fruit and a fine bead of acidity. Saline and taut on the finish, this just needs a few years to meld together. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting in Savigny-lès-Beaune. Best After 2025

Rated 90 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine du Pavillon reveals aromas of crisp green orchard fruit and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, nicely layered palate with good depth and tangy acids.