Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
Purchased in 2004, this 1.02 hectares parcel was planted at that time to Pinot Noir under the appellation Corton "Pougets". It seemed to us that the soil, composed of yellow marl with light brown clay and small gravel was a soil better adapted to the production of great white wines. The decision was made in 2005 to graft over with Chardonnay in the higher part of the 35-year-old vineyard. The lower and older portion was ripped out and replanted.
"Corton" comes from "Cort is Ottoni", the royal domaine of Otton the Great, Charlemagne's grandson who became Otton the First, King of Germany and France after his coronation in 936 in Aix-la-Chapelle. It is said that Charlemagne gave this vast vineyard to the abbey of Saint Antoche de Saulieu in 775. The monks decided to call the vineyard "Charlemagne" to thank their benefactor.
This Corton-Charlemagne is immediately distinguished and imperial. The attack is frank, direct and almost masculine. The mouthfeel is powerful, profound, filling and rich yet highly structured. It impresses with its density and its elegance. It is its long length that truly translates its Grand Cru character. The finish is persistent and saline. This wine demands patience and requires five to eight years to fully express itself.
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.