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.
"(recently sulfited after an early malo) Cool aromas of pear, apple and spearmint. Juicy and tightly wound, conveying a cool, minty, slightly hard-edged quality and an impression of low fat. This penetrating grand cru shows plenty of rocky soil character but comes off as rather austere today. Needs following." 88-91 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
Still in barrel when I last tasted it, the Prieur 2007 Corton-Charlemagne is formidably dense and palpably chalky, its combination of citrus and pit fruits with their pips and pits is relatively austere for the vintage, and the sense of enveloping new wood around this makes for a decidedly bitter-sweet personality. Like the other Prieur 2007s, this boasts creaminess of texture, but there is a certain youthful, woody, as well as mineral-starched stiffness to the finish for now. Sheer concentration, power, and penetration lead one to anticipate a wine that will be worth following for at least 8-10 years.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright yellow. Lemon, lime, menthol and mint on the nose. Dense and sappy, with pungent minerality and captivating sugar/acid cut. Finishes with a strong flavor of crushed stone. Offers terrific potential.
Score: 92 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
More subtle wood influence frames notes of lime, green apple, white flower and a bit of anise that can also be found on the intensely stony and big-bodied flavors that are almost aggressively mineral in character before culminating in a palate staining and driving finish where the intensity does a slow but sure build from the dense mid-palate to the explosive finale. This is not an elegant Corton-Charlemagne but it is seriously impressive nonetheless.
Showing : 3