Corton Charlemagne is the only white Grand Cru located north of Beaune, and is larger in size to the remaining five vineyards combined. The terroir of Corton is quite different than the Grand Crus to the south often offering wines of equal power, but driven by higher acidity and minerality.
Terroir: The hill of Corton offers an array of varying terroirs spread across the villages of Aloxe Corton, Pernand Vergelesses and Ladoix. Olivier Leflaive sources their fruit across each of these terroirs. The hillside is steep, well drained and very densly planted. Yields are very low.
Vinification: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place entirely in oak, 30% of which is new. The wine is rested on its lees for a minimum of 15 months in the Leflaive cellars followed by a light fining and bottling. The Corton Charlemagne is aged in bottle for 18 months prior to release. Quantities of this rare wine are minimal.
(from all 3 communes, with the majority of the blend coming from Aloxe). Once again firm reduction and sulfur obliterate the fruit. Neither though is present on the powerful and almost painfully intense flavors that ooze dry extract that cushions the quite firm acid spine shaping the driving, youthfully austere and explosively long finish where ample minerality surfaces. This is really quite serious and while its not elegant, its impressive.
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