Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017

Olivier Leflaive

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.

Additional Information

Reductive aromas, with an abundant amount of lime and mineral notes with aromatic florals, impressive concentration and length on the palate with a long intense finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Corton Charlemagne
  • Winemaker: Franck Grux
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    "The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing well, offering up aromas of citrus oil, Anjou pear, hazelnut cream and fresh pastry, followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural palate that's lively and quite tight knit, with creditable concentration, racy acids and a precise finish. This can't match the depth and dimension of the house's "Récolte du Domaine" bottlings, but it's a fine effort that should develop well in the cellar. It was bottled under Diam 10."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
    "This walled vineyard, the clos, has produced a broad, ripe wine, dense with fruitiness and spice from wood aging. The finish is fresh, crisp and textured. This deliciously structured wine will be ready from 2021."

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