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.
Mineral, earth, power, piercing acidity packed Chardonnay. Built for the long haul.
Score: 92 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"A highly complex and admirably pure nose of green apple and cool lemon-lime aromas complement the rich, full-bodied and serious flavors that exude buckets of dry extract on the mouth coating, powerful and almost painfully intense flavors that are bone dry, long and balanced. However, this is a good deal less complex than the best in the Prieur range though there is such good underlying material that it makes me wonder if the depth won't develop in time. We'll see in time though I prefer to remain conservative for now."
"Hazy appearance. Musky aromas of white truffle and crushed stone. Supple and wild, conveying an impression of richness and power but less minerality than the 2007. This rich, full wine, which comes from an east-facing plot high on the hillside, does not appear to be a particularly austere style of this grand cru."
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