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 pale yellow with a green tinge. Brilliantly pure, high-pitched aromas of chalk, lime blossom, peppermint, spearmint, white pepper, anise and wild herbs. Delicate on entry, then saline, dry and rich in the middle, with outstanding cut and precision to its flavors of crushed rock, spices and truffle lifted by mint oils. Classic east-facing Corton-Charlemagne from marne blanche soil in Ladoix. For all its energy, this wine already boasts a remarkably silky texture. The palate-staining finish leaves the salivary glands humming."
"This is also beautifully complex though the composition of the aromas is different as here there is much more in the way of fresh green apple, white flower and mineral reduction scents. And while this is not quite as big or dramatic as the Montrachet, the broad-shouldered flavors dont lack for muscularity, power or intensity, particularly on the driving and explosive finish that is bone dry and exhibits the classic austerity of a very young and backward Corton-Charlemagne. Impressive and unapologetically built to age"
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