Source: October 2020 Week 2, Robert Parker Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 15th Oct 2020 (RP-93)
The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is performing very well from bottle, offering up inviting aromas of pear, green pineapple, citrus oil, white flowers, lemon curd and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, it’s muscular and structured, with racy acids and fine reserves of dry extract. This should age with class.
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 (JS-94)
This is very open, across a broad palate that shows ripe apples, pineapple and light tropical fruit. Hints of cream. Full-bodied, flavorful and delicious now. Will improve with age, but why wait? Drink or hold.
An attractive story is told about this appellation: Charlemagne was very fond of the wine from Le Corton which, at the time, was red. Towards the end of the Emperor’s life, the vineyards facing south were planted with chardonnay, to produce a white wine to avoid staining his white beard. In 1909, Bouchard Pere & Fils acquired 60% of the prestigious vineyard at Le Corton (i.e. 6.93 hectares) which, has the rare particularity of being planted with either pinot noir or chardonnay. Today, Bouchard P?re & Fils is the third most important owner in Corton-Charlemagne, with 3.65 hectares.
TASTING NOTE: Intense fruit and toasted aromas blended with the mineral notes typical of this appellation on the nose. A rich, powerful wine with a strong personality. Very good ageing potential.
FOOD/WINE PAIRING: Fish and shellfish in sauce, foie gras.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Between 12C to 14C
AGEING POTENTIAL: 7 to 10 years and more
HARVEST: manual, in small cases of 13 kg. Careful manual sorting of each grape.
VINIFICATION: The pressing takes place in two phases: evacuation of the first juice, then pressing in two-hourly cycles.
MATURING: 12 to 13 months in French oak, with up to 15% new oak, depending on the vintage.
AGEING: The cellars located in the Bastions of the ancient Ch?teau de Beaune offer ideal ambient conditions. Thanks to their natural hygrometry and constant temperatures, the Grands Crus enjoy from their first youth an environment that is perfectly adapted to tranquil ageing.
GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay
SOIL OF THE APPELATION: Limestone and clay, predominantly limestone
TOTAL SURFACE OF THE APPELATION IN PRODUCTION:52.44 hectares
DOMAIN SURFACE IN PRODUCTION: 3.65 hectares