Joseph Drouhin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
Joseph Drouhin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Joseph Drouhin - Corton-Charlemagne - Grand Cru

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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From holdings located in the south-facing climat Les Languettes, Drouhin produced three barrels of the 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine), a medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated wine that's bright and structured, evocative of white flowers, pomelo, orange oil and buttery pastry.
From holdings located in the south-facing climate Les Languettes, Drouhin produced three barrels of the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, a medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated wine that's bright and structured, evocative of white flowers, pomelo, orange oil and buttery pastry.
The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is excellent, unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet citrus oil, beeswax, white flowers and oyster shell. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and satiny on the attack, with considerable concentration and structuring dry extract, succulent underlying acids and a long, chalky finish. From the south-facing climat Les Languettes, this is one of the highlights of Drouhin's 2017 portfolio.
The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru was affected by a little hail but it was the coulure that reduced the crop down to just three barrels. It has a very lifted bouquet, very opulent and ostentatious and you can forgive it for that. Wonderful delineation and intense yellow plum, Mirin, white peach and mineral scents that swarm from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with impressive weight in the mouth, the acidity finely tuned and a finish that has something almost Napa in terms of its audacity (and that is meant positively not negatively.) Chapeau!
The 2012 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, which comes from lieu-dit “Les Languettes” was picked on September 19 and comes from their own vines, as it has for the last three vintages. Fortunately, there was no hail but the crop was still reduced by 50%, equating to three barrels in total. It already has an attractive nose, albeit one that is tightly coiled at present, coveting its apricot and beeswax aromas, keeping them back for later. The palate is spicy on the entry with a fine line of acidity. There is lovely weight here, with quite a precocious, yet still tightly wound finish that suggests it deserves five to six years to really come around. Excellent.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Corton-Charlemagne
Producer:
Joseph Drouhin
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
Style:
Grand Cru

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Founded in Beaune in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin's cellars have spread from the historical Cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France in...
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The Joseph Drouhin Domaine was assembled parcel by parcel over the years and comprises today 73 hectares (182.5 acres) of vineyards in Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis. It is one of the most important domains in Burgundy, with more than two thirds of the vineyards classified as Premier and Grand Crus.

With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations.
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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

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Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

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Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines...

Corton-Charlemagne is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The appellation is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Chardonnay grape variety.

The history of Corton-Charlemagne dates back to the 8th century, when the Emperor Charlemagne was said to have owned vineyards in the area. The vineyards were later acquired by the monks of the Abbey of Cluny, who continued to cultivate the land and produce wine. In the 19th century, the appellation was officially recognized and its reputation as a producer of high-quality wines began to grow.

The style of production in Corton-Charlemagne is traditional and focused on producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Corton hill, which is composed of limestone and marl soils. The vines are planted at a high density and are trained using the Guyot system, which allows for maximum exposure to the sun and optimal ripening of the grapes.

The Chardonnay grape variety is the only grape permitted in the production of Corton-Charlemagne wines. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for 12-18 months, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

Corton-Charlemagne wines are known for their rich, full-bodied character and complex aromas and flavors. The wines are often described as having notes of citrus, honey, and toasted nuts, with a long, lingering finish. They are best enjoyed with rich, flavorful dishes such as roasted poultry, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

In conclusion, Corton-Charlemagne is a world-renowned wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Its rich history, traditional style of production, and focus on quality have made it a favorite among wine enthusiasts and collectors alike. If you are looking for a truly exceptional white wine, look no further than Corton-Charlemagne.

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