Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
This cuvée comes from 4 parcels situated mid-slope and spread in homogenous fashion over the whole appellation. The soils are deep and made up in equal parts of limestone and clay, giving the wine lovely balance and great length on the palate. It is a terroir that is very representative of the appellation Corton. The vines average 35 years old and face east.
Notes on the 2012 Vintage (from Burghound, Issue #54, April-June 2014): "François de Nicolay described 2012 as an 'excellent vintage that unfortunately did not produce very much volume. For our vines, the worst culprit was the poor flowering, as we really weren't affected by the hail in 2012 though we got more than our fair share in 2013. We were also hit by a ferocious attack of mildew followed by an attack of oidium; we managed both of those reasonably well, even though we were constantly on the go in order to do so. To give you an idea, we normally treat around 10 times a growing season, but in 2012 we passed through our vines fully 20 times! We began picking the whites on the 21st of September and then harvested the reds from the 24th to the 30th. There wasn't much sorting required, as the fruit was both ripe and clean with good phenolic maturities, so I used from 50-70% whole clusters for the vinifications. As to the wines, they remind me of slightly more concentrated versions of our 2010s. The individual terroirs are clearly delineated, and I think that they should age extremely well, as they have everything that they need to do so.' Save for the Corton-Bressandes, all of the 2012s were bottled between October 2013 and January 2014."