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.
2016, 26th-28th April: Devastating frost episode!
After a very mild winter and a warm spring weather in the second half of April, the bud break was advanced but the frost with high level or humidity at the end of the month destroyed the parcels with the best exposition. After the frost the vine was developing slowly. Acceleration in growth and the maturity of grapes were possible thanks to very warm and dry summer, with ripening that started quickly by mid-August. The harvest started on 20th September and the sanitary condition of the vineyard was perfect.
The overall quality of the wines is not affected by these weather disturbances.
Grey gold with luminous green reflections. Slightly spicy and flint notes on the nose. The palate is well structured and powerful featuring finely lemon-flavored, acidulous notes. Very salivating with strong sapidity on the finish.
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