Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015

 The vintage

2015 began with a mild and rainy winter, essential to increase the water table level. The very sunny and warm weather quickly dominated and characterized this vintage. Early budding out was encouraged by the mild temperatures of April. And with the same trend, the temperatures of late May and June allowed a serene flowering in both our Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune vineyards.

The months of July and August showed warmer temperatures than average, even at night, though without the heat waves like in 2003. As the heat and drought began to delay the veraison and the vines started suffering, the rains in mid-August saved them and helped revive maturation.

The vines grew almost ideally and produced impeccable quality fruit; with small berries and thick skins full of anthocyanins for the reds.

We started harvesting our whites on August 29st with a lot of freshness and very nice acidities. Therefore, our whites do not show any over ripe aromas, all the contrary, they are astonishing by their freshness and their length. Some wines will be ready to drink in their youth; between 2 and 5 years old (Burgundy and some villages). But 2015 is also a vintage with aging potential (7 to 10 years) for the great wines like our Puligny 1er Cru the Cailleret and Corton Charlemagne.

Tasting notes

Score: 92-94    Tasted: Jun 11, 2017    Drink: 2025+    Issue: 67

A broad-ranging nose offers up notes of matchstick, apple, lavender, wet stone and citrus rind. Not surprisingly there is more size and weight to the muscular and powerful big-bodied flavors that once again exhibit plenty of minerality on the very rich, complex and impressively long finish. This isn't a classic example but the complexity and balance are lovely and this should mature into an excellent wine.

Allen Meadows - Burghound