The legend goes that all the hillside in Corton was once planted with red grapes. This plot belonged to the Emperor Charlemagne who delighted in the produce of his vines... Unfortunately, the wine would run down his long beard, leaving bright red stains. His wife, wanting to uphold royal dignity, complained to her husband about his love of wine. To keep the peace in his household, Charlemagne had his vines ripped out and had white grapes replanted… In future, he could satisfy his love of Corton, without spoiling his snowy-white beard and without suffering his wife’s reproaches.
Total Surface Area: 71 ha
Exposition: South, South-West
Soil: Grey Marls
Grape Variety: 100 % Chardonnay
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 0 ha 61 a 57 ca - [1.52 Acres]
Years the vines were planted: 1961, 1988
Average annual production: 3 200 bottles
The hand-picked harvest is transported with care to our cellars in Nuits St Georges.
The wine is then vinified and matured in oak barrels for 14 to 16 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The proportion of new oak, which is susceptible to variations according to the vintage, represents on average two thirds of the cuvée. The barrels, which come from high-quality barrel makers, have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
Our Tasting Notes:
The nose reveals woody, fruity and floral notes and will be even more complex with a few years of patience. This wine is concentrated, with fine balance and very long-lasting flavours on the palate.
For its generous aromas, we can already start to enjoy this Grand Cru, but it will reach its full potential and reveal all its character after a few years in the cellar.
Serve at: 12°C
Serve with: Shellfish, Fish, Salmon with Sorrel
Cellaring Potential: 8 to 12 years
Revue du Vin de France: 17/20
It is a beautiful pale yellow colour with streaks of gold. This Corton Charlemagne opens up with a powerful nose of mellow, woody, vanilla, brioche, praline and green citrus fruit notes. After a delicate attack, this wine grows in strength on the palate, expressing freshness and richness as well as good complex aromas. It's a very fine wine and balanced between its fleshiness and its minerality.
Tasting Date : June 2009
Allen Meadows: 91-94/100
Guide de la RVF: 17/20
Guide Bettane et Desseauve: 18/20
L'abus d'alcool est dangereux pour la santé, à consommer avec modération