Don’t stain your beard!

And it almost didn’t happen.

As of Thursday, Barrel Thief added a pretty special bottle of wine to the inventory, a 2005 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. This one doesn’t go on the shelf though, nor does it leave its cardboard box and styrofoam shell, with the exception of a picture and some light fondling, of course.

It’s a special wine, from a special vineyard. The vintage and producer… all special. At first we thought we were getting 2 bottles, then it appeared we were beaten to the punch. But after a few weeks of, ah—well, I don’t really know what—we ended up with a bottle.

Corton-Charlemagne, a Grand Cru Vineyard in Côte de Beaune, a Burgundy sub-region, produces but one grape: Chardonnay. The story is that this particular section of the hill is that it was converted to Chardonnay by French emperor Charlemagne after urging from his wife. She wanted a wine that would not stain his ample beard.

The rest is history.

Corton-Charlemagne is an astonishing demonstration of what the Chardonnay grape is capable of in terms of richness, power, concentration, distinction and balance. Rarely do we see such a perfect synthesis between grape variety and terroir. -Burgundy Wines, 2000 years of heritage 

2005 Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne



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One Response to “Don’t stain your beard!”

  1. Cami
    January 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Don’t drop it!

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