Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2017

Olivier Leflaive

Terroir: This Grand Cru sits mid-slope on the south-east of the hill and enjoys premier quality clay and limestone soils. The Domaine’s parcel is exceptionally well-placed, in the heart of the hillside, just above the path that separates “Les Bressandes” from “Clos du Roi”.

Vinification: Upon their arrival in our cellar, the grapes are carefully sorted and destemmed in order to keep only the healthy grapes at an optimal ripeness. The wine spends 16 days of fermentation with skins at cold temperature. The wine then spends 9 months in 100% oak barrel, of which 30% is new oak, followed by 3 months in stainless steel.

Additional Information

Aromas of red and dark currant, earth, plum, and a hint of spice. Complex and supple, the wine offers a youthful character with a quality to be expected of the esteemed appellation.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Côte de Beaune
  • Winemaker: Franck Grux
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    "Dark and brooding, this red offers a core of black cherry, black plum, earth and iron flavors, framed by toasty oak. Dense tannins set the pace and need time to integrate fully. Features a long, resonant finish. Best from 2023 through 2040. 30 cases imported."
  • Score: 92 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    "Unfurling in the glass with aromas of ripe cherries, plums, forest floor and spice that are delicately framed by a deft touch of toasty new oak, the 2017 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru is full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a layered and voluminous core, ripe acids, powdery tannins and a long, expansive finish. This is an open-knit but broad-shouldered Clos du Roi that will drink well with minimal bottle age. It's one of the highlights of Olivier Leflaive's red portfolio this year."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
    "Very generous wood and menthol elements stop just short of overshadowing the underlying aromas of wild red and dark currant, plum, game and spice. The surprisingly forward and very supple middle weight flavors, at least in the context of what would be considered typical for Corton, terminate in a youthfully austere finish that offers reasonable depth and persistence. While this is perfectly good, it’s not distinguished for what it is."

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