The limestone-rich marly soils at the intersection of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, on the steep slopes of the Hill of Corton, lies Corton-Charlemagne the perfect terroir for elegant Chardonnay with a long finish. Proclaimed Grand Cru in 1937, the vineyard of Corton-Charlemagne covers the villages of Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses, and Ladoix-Serrigny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The perfect expression of a unique terroir
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017 is a vibrant, full-bodied white wine. The nose reveals an intense nose of peaches, pears, vanilla, and cream, lined with notes of hazelnuts, toast and wet stones. On the palate, the same flavors are expressed, concentrated and multi-layered yet elegant and well defined. The finish is long and oaky, with a lingering minerality expressive of this unique terroir.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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For fifteen years, Jérôme Aucourt introduced tens of thousands of people around the world to the wines of Château de Pommard. His passion for Burgundy and his knowledge of wine was limitless. In memory of our friend, colleague, father, husband, and wine advisor, we have established the Jérôme Aucourt Scholarship at our Ècole V Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) professional wine school. Details of the scholarship program will be published soon. Jérôme is survived by his wife Allison, their two young children, his mother, father, and two brothers.