Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017

Domaine Faiveley


Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.

Terroir: The hillside Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne is the largest of the white Grand Crus and the only one north of the city of Beaune. This large 175 acre vineyard occupies the top portion of the hillside above the red Grand Cru of Corton and spans between the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses in the south(west) to Aloxe-Corton directly below in the north. Terroirs vary significantly between the due south facing parcels of Pernand-Vergellesses and eastern exposures of Aloxe-Corton.

Domaine Faiveley owns a single 1.5 acre parcel of vines running west to east down the hillside in the northern portion of the vineyard directly above the village of Aloxe-Corton. Vines sit in soils of grey marl with a due easterly exposure.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. The grapes are cold fermented entirely in oak prior to aging in the cellars for 14-16 months in a combination of new and used oak. New barrels represent approximately 70% of the selection.

Additional Information

The nose reveals oaky, fruity and floral notes. The palate is concentrated and well-balanced with excellent aromatic persistence. The rich aromas make this Grand Cru enjoyable in its youth although it only develops its full character after a few years of bottle age. An exceptional wine with depth and minerality.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne
  • Winemaker: Jerome Flous
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Grey Marl
  • Vineyard Acreage: .61ha
  • Avg Vine Age: Date to 1961
  • Alcohol: Under 14%
  • Avg Production: 3200 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
    "Two out of the fifteen barrels of the 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru derive, for the first time, from white vines planted at the top of Faiveley's famous Clos des Cortons, and the ensuing wine is certainly superb, offering up notes of citrus zest, white flowers and crushed chalk. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, taut and strikingly incisive, with a deep core and a long, searingly mineral finish. This will be well worth seeking out."
    Grade: 93-95+ points
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
    "(I tasted this wine from a new barrel following the recent end of the malolactic fermentation; this wine, made from fruit picked at the end of the harvest, is also likely to be bottled last): Aromas of ripe peach, lemon-lime, menthol and spicy oak. Penetrating, dense and saline, offering concentrated spice and crushed stone notes as well as a trace of malic acidity. In spite of its thickness of texture, this dusty, classically dry wine is like chewing on a rock today. Finishes stony, virile and very long, with a powerful impression of extract and unflagging solidity."
    Grade: 91-94 points

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