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.
"The 2012 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from the top of the slope on the eastern reaches close to woods. It has a perfumed bouquet with elderflower, citrus peel and orange zest that is very pretty and well defined. The palate is well balanced with a bright, citrus opening. There is good tension here, quite linear in the mouth and becoming a little more reticent towards the finish than the aromatics would suggest. Give this Corton-Charlemagne two or three years in bottle, because it is as every bit as good as the Montrachet. Time to move on to the reds."
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