Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018

The vintage

The weather in 2018 has been quite tricky, with a cold, humid winter, followed by temperature rises reaching 30+ degrees starting April. This combination of these factors made the vines grow very quickly, we had to work hard to follow nature’s fast pace! The harvest started the 23rd of August, and lasted 3 weeks. The quality of the juice is surprising. We believe that our biodynamic practices helped the vines give their best despite the heat waves. As a result, our wines show an incredible balance between alcohol and freshness, and we did not produce any cuvée above 13,4 degrees! The whites are fresh, express citrus flavors, with a nice smell of white flowers. The mouth is long, fluid, with a saline and very pleasant slightly bitter finish. 

Tasting notes

The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from a south-facing parcel and sees a little less new oak than the Chevalier-Montrachet. It has a more Zen-like bouquet than the Chevalier-Montrachet, which goes against type considering the vineyards in question. The lightly spiced palate is well balanced with a fine saline entry and good weight toward the lemongrass-tinged finish, which feels persistent and satisfying. Good potential.

By Neal Martin, Vinious, 92-94