Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011

The vintage

We harvested from the 27th of August through the 8th of September.

For us, because we love whites with crispness, minerality and tension, we are confident to say the 2011 vintage is a great vintage for whites. The grapes were very healthy, and the pressing, settling and fermenting unfolded easily, thanks to the generous acidity levels.

The qualities found in the reds are just as pertinents for the whites. Fresh, mineral and floral with notes of citrus and white flowers, the aromas are clean and precise. The palates are vibrant, with a nice combination of tension and fluidity that deliver a texture that is less thick and less fleshy give more profound flavor than the immediately preceding vintages.

Thanks to this, it is easy to read the terroirs and because of the excellent natural equilibrium of the wines, the 2011 whites possess good aging potential that is, in our opinion, superior to the three prior vintages. They are wines to drink but also to cellar for another ten years.

Tasting notes

-This is also wonderfully fresh and pure with a nose of Granny Smith apples, lemon rind, white flowers and wet stone. There is plenty of size and weight to the sleekly muscular flavors that enjoy excellent mid-palate density while displaying an intense minerality on the saline, dry and lengthy finish. In much the same fashion as the Narvaux this will need some bottle age to develop better depth but the potential is certainly present. This is a Corton-Charlemagne of power and finesse. Allen Meadows

-Rather smoky. Rich start and then some herbal oil notes. Lots of substance and ambition. Worthy of the appellation. Jancis Robinson – score : 17.5+  -  Jancis Robinson