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.
Slightly hazy green-tinged yellow. Ineffable scents of lemon zest, anise, white truffle, menthol and chalk dust. Pure but painfully backward, with penetrating acidity giving precision but also a bitter edge to the flavors of lemon zest and powdered stone complicated by fresh mushroom and spices. Forget about this one in your cellar. Finishes with outstanding cut and salinity, and a lingering note of gingerbread.
Score: 95 PointsDecanter Author: Stephen Brook
"Firm pear, apple and citrus notes - mineral, and much less opulent than the Montrachets. Very rich, concentrated, juicy palate with generous fruit and great breadth, and a minerality that dominates the finish."
"The 2014 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, from vines on the east side of the hill, has a well defined, phenolic, beeswax and dried honey-scented bouquet that has a little more intensity than its peers. Picked on October 1, it has a little more richness and that comes through on the palate. Although it has a high level of malolactic, the acidity is not sharp and there is a lovely dab of lemongrass enlivening the long and tender finish. This is a well crafted, charming Corton-Charlemagne."
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