Terroir: The Grand Cru of Corton Charlemagne is the most largest and most northern of Burgundy's white producing Grand Crus, and the only one north of the town of Beaune. It is also the only Grand Cru that produces both white and red wine. The vineyard is a large hillside, steeply pitched in places, that stretches from the village of Ladoix-Serrigny in the north and wraps around to the village of Pernand-Vergelesses in the south. The tiny hamlet of Aloxe-Corton sits at the base of it's eastern slopes.
Domaine Jacques Prieur's parcel of Corton Charlemagne is just 1/2 an acre and sits in the Les Pougets portion of the vineyard almost in the dead center of the hillside. You could easily refer to this parcel as the "sweet-spot" of Corton Charlemagne. Vines are extremely dense with close to 10,000 vines per acre.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 24 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 24 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"Very discreet oak notes highlight the airy green apple and spiced peach aromas that are wonderfully refined and pure before preceding impressively rich, full and powerful flavors that also possess ample amounts of dry extract that confer an almost chewy texture onto the palate staining finish that seems to go on and on. This does a slow but inexorable build from the mid-palate on back to the explosive and almost painfully intense finale. Terrific potential here and there is so much minerality that it's like rolling liquid rocks around in your mouth." 92-95 pts. Sweet Spot -Burghound, July 2008
Score: 93 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
in cuve; from vines harvested on September 28) Idiosyncratic nose combines spearmint, menthol, chalk, licorice and a whiff of blueberry. Rocky and powerful, with captivating saline and violet notes that reminded me of fleur de sel The wine's juicy minerality gives it precision and real force. Finishes with an almost tannic, peppery impression. I love this cooler style in the often-exotic 2006 vintage. From a steep, east-facing vineyard on white marl soil.
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