Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016

Domaine Jacques Prieur

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.

Additional Information

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.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Meursault
  • Winemaker: Nadine Gublin
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: .54 acres
  • Alcohol: >14%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    "(from a .22 ha parcel in Le Corton). A commendably subtle application of wood easily allows the super-fresh aromas of Granny Smith apples, lemongrass and white floral scents to be appreciated. There is arguably even better richness to the almost painfully intense and vibrant big-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the overtly stony, muscular, chiseled and linear finish. This excellent effort is presently very compact and is going to require at least 5-ish years to flesh out and unwind but it should be well-worth the wait."
    Grade: 92-94 points
  • The Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    "The 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a lovely licorice-tinged bouquet with impressive intensity and fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, quite harmonious in the mouth but just missing a touch of mineral tension toward the saline finish."
    Grade: 90-92 points

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