Corton Blanc Grand Cru

2017

The winemakers' mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to drink in the mid-term while the Charlemagne was aging! The final blend is eighty percent Corton Bressandes, fifteen percent Corton Chaumes and five percent Corton Renardes. (Renardes is one of the climats that may be classified as Corton Charlemagne.)

An unusual Chardonnay coming mainly from Pinot Noir soils, so quite full, evoking yellow fruits (peach, apricot) and a touch of honey. One new oak barrel was introduced in the 2011 vintage (very little influence overall, approimately five percent of the total), nor lees-stirring, so very elegant and fresh on the finish.

 

91-93 points
"Opening with aromas of waxy lemon rind, pasty cream and dried white flowers, the 2017 Corton Grand Cru Blanc is medium-bodied, tensile and tight-knit, with impressive concentration, length and structural integrity despite its ripeness. As usual, the vast majority of this cuvée derives from Corton Bressandes."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, January 2019
92-94 points
"The 2017 Corton Blanc Grand Cru comes from Les Bressandes and is matured in 20% new oak. The nicely detailed bouquet offers white peach, peppermint, citrus fruit and green apples all vying for attention. The palate is well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity, and very elegant and harmonious. Hints of apricot and peach appear toward the sustained finish. Everything is kept in check by the acidity, completing a superb Corton Blanc."
Neal Martin,
Vinous
, January 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB6624-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic