Top of the Hill
Corton-Charlemagne is home to the greatest Grands Cru whites of the Côte de Beaune. Located right on the dividing line between the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, and elevated around 300 meters above sea level, the steep hillside of Corton-Charlemagne is largely exposed to the south-west, which is a rare geographical feature for these parts. High and round on three sides, the Hill of Corton brings together the villages of Aloxe-Corton (climat in Charlemagne), Pernand-Vergelesses (climat In Charlemagne) and Ladoix-Serrigny (some climats in whole or part: Pougets, Corton, Tongues). Around 20 Grand Cru plots occupy the top spots of the Hill, a collection of vineyards that was donated by the Emperor Charlemagne in the year 775 to the collegiate church of Saint-Andoche de Saulieu.
Our Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Vintages
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013
If you’re reading this you have outstanding taste. Welcome to the club. We always need more members. This amber nectar is the taste of the divine and the delicate. Take a deep breath. Butter, baked apple, citrus fruits, pineapple, lime, cinnamon, honey, flint. They will all be present and correct. If matured for a decade or two, truffle and leather flavors will put in an appearance. So too will richness, power, concentration, distinction and balance. This is Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, after all. This is what the Chardonnay grape was born to make and the 2013 is as succulent and pure as it gets. Never have terroir and grape been so beautifully matched. You will savor every sip. Enjoy.
Force of Nature
After the small yield, but opulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, intense rainfall delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine envelop and clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, the small vintage has great potential. We should all be thankful.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014
The vibrant lemony color will draw you in. But it is the aromas and flavors of this Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 that will keep you satisfied long after the bottle is devoured of its contents. First to arrive on the scene are intense aromas of peaches, saffron and white pepper. Wait for it… and the pungency of those spices will strike the nose too.
A similar flavor profile ensues with an additional wave of delicate mineral notes and a very floral palate. Think iris and white flowers. Go deeper, and you’ll discover energy and tension at the heart of the glass, accompanied by a remarkable texture that is as smooth as it is silky. Very elegant, indeed. A persistent finish keeps the good times alive on the tongue. As is true of all Grand Cru, more time is required to express its full potential, but we’re off to a great start with the concentration of aromas currently on display. This Grand Cru is highly collectable and has the potential to grow old gracefully for quite some years.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015
The vibrant lemony color will draw you in. But it is the aromas and flavors of this Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 that will keep you satisfied long after the bottle is devoured of its contents. First to arrive on the scene are intense aromas of honeysuckle, yellow flowers and peaches. A similar flavor profile ensues with additional waves of delicate mineral notes. Go deeper, and you’ll discover energy and tension within, accompanied by a remarkable texture that is as smooth as it is silky. A persistent finish keeps the good times alive on the tongue. As is true of all Grand Cru, more time in the bottle is required to allow it to express its full potential, but this is great start with the concentration of aromas currently on display. This Grand Cru is highly collectable and has the potential to grow old gracefully for quite some years.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016
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