Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru AOP

Rapet - Corton Charlemagne 2022 – Sku: 185022 – 24
Rapet Père et Fils
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru AOP
Chandon de Briailles - Corton Charlemagne 2018 – Sku: 200118 – 2
Chandon de Briailles
Corton Grand Cru AOP
Pierre Yves Colin Morey - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018 – Sku: 1910 – 1
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru AOP

Corton-Charlemagne, a white wine of very high quality

The reputation of the Corton mountain is partly due to this appellation. Shared between the villages of Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny, the AOC Corton-Charlemagne is indeed one of the most sought-after white wines in Burgundy, just like a Montrachet. This wine is also classified as a Grand Cru, the pinnacle of the Burgundy hierarchy. In the Côte d'Or, north of the Côte de Beaune, the Corton-Charlemagne is a more than imperial wine, which gives all its letters of nobility to the Chardonnay grape.

General presentation of the appellation corton-charlemagne

At the northern tip of the Côte de Beaune rises the famous mountain of Corton. On its southern slopes are cultivated some of the most beautiful crus of Burgundy. To the east, the pinot noir gives birth to the Corton appellation, the only red Grand Cru of the Côte de Beaune. To the west, straddling Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, Chardonnay is at the origin of Corton-Charlemagne, a Grand Cru available exclusively in white and which also includes the wines of the AOC Charlemagne, an appellation which is no longer claimed today.

With a little more than 50 hectares, the vineyard of Corton-Charlemagne represents, with Chablis, the largest classified Grand Cru area in Burgundy. The vines grow on very steep slopes located on the highest part of the Corton mountain, between 280 and 330 metres in altitude.

This prestigious wine-growing hill owes its name to the emperor Otto, Corton being the contraction of "curtis othonis", i.e. the "garden of Otto". Charlemagne, for his part, is said to have decided to have Chardonnay planted in order to drink a wine that would not stain his beard. This imperial past is reflected in a white wine of infinite delicacy, which perfectly sublimates the terroir and the Chardonnay.

Characteristics of Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne has a pale gold colour with delicate green reflections, emblematic of Chardonnay. With age, the wine tends to take on amber hues.

Its aromatic palette is as complex as it is refined. Often honeyed, it offers buttery tones, citrus fruit, pineapple and baked apple aromas. Lime blossom, fern and juniper add a vegetal touch, while cinnamon slightly spices up the bouquet. Flint is also present. On the older vintages (25-30 years), notes of leather and truffle can be detected.

It is a wine that can be kept for a very long time: on average, 5 to 15 years, and more than 20 years for the best vintages. It is recommended to wait at least 5 years before tasting a Corton-Charlemagne.

How to taste a Corton-Charlemagne

The Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is a wine of high gastronomy. Powerful and aromatic, it accompanies delicate dishes whose flavours do not mask its delicate bouquet. Thus, Corton-Charlemagne accompanies with great refinement sophisticated dishes that sublimate noble shellfish such as lobster or lobster. This high-flying white wine also accompanies delicate dishes that feature truffles, fine fish such as monkfish or turbot, Bresse poultry, capon, sweetbreads, etc.

This white wine is best served at a temperature of 12-14°.

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Le vignoble

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

"Pierre-Yves Colin a quitté le domaine familial de Saint-Aubin (Marc Colin) en 2006 pour un jardin de 2,5 hectares de vignes devenus 11 hectares et situés entre Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet et Meursault. Avec son épouse Caroline Morey, qui possède également son propre domaine, ils partagent un magnifique lieu de production très moderne depuis 2015.

Rapet Père et Fils

"Vincent Rapet a succédé à son père pour gérer les 20 hectares de vignoble, principalement situés autour de la colline de Corton. Les murs historiques du chai accueillent depuis quelques années une cuverie moderniste qui, associée à une série d'investissements dans le renouvellement du matériel de culture, offrent désormais à Vincent un outil de production qui permet de bousculer les meilleurs de la Bourgogne.

Chandon de Briailles

"Géré depuis 2001 par le duo sœur-frère Claude et François de Nicolay, celui-ci s'étend sur près de 14 hectares intégralement conduits en biodynamie depuis 2005. Les vinifications sont des plus traditionnelles : raisins entiers, températures de fermentation n'excédant pas 30°C, et pas ou très peu de bois neuf.