Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières

2019
France
Burgundy

This Premier Cru lies beneath the Corton Bressandes and next to the Corton Paulands, both Grand Cru. Chandon de Briailles owns .28 hectare and the vines were planted in 1987. The soil here is a bit out of the ordinary: thicker clay than in Bressandes with a notable amount of iron and pebbly limestone deeper down. It’s hard for the roots to go deep here. The parcel faces east, just below mid-slope, providing early ripening conditions. Purple fruit with wild aromas, quite structured. It’s possible to age this for a decade or more.

91 points
"This is sufficiently reduced that the nose reveals nothing save for a hint of herbal tea. Otherwise there is excellent size, weight and density to the opulent yet muscular medium weight plus flavors that flash evident power on the sappy, delicious and lengthy finale. As is always the case with the Valozières, this broad-shouldered and moderately rustic effort is going to require extended patience."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
90-92 points
"The 2019 Aloxe-Corton Les Valozières 1er Cru is very classic in style vis-à-vis some of the more opulent, extravagant offerings that I have encountered from this climat. Beautifully defined brambly red fruit commingles with subtle loam and bay leaf scents, joined by just a touch of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and underpinned by a fine line of acidity. The whole bunch governs the finish at the moment, though that will assimilate with bottle age. Quite persistent on the spicy finish. Give this 2–3 years in bottle."
Neal Martin,
Vinous Media
90-92 points
"More rustic than the seamless Ile de Vergelesses, the 2019 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières exhibits aromas of raw cocoa, red berries, loamy soil and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, supple and powdery, with lively acids and chalky back-end grip, it will demand at least a modicum of patience."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate

SKU/Code: 
DB6623-19
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic