Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru
Clos du Roi, one of the most famous vineyards of Corton, is just below the Le Corton lieu-dit of Corton Charlemagne, a terroir high on the hillside, very steep and made up of clay-limestone marls containing a little sand and little topsoil. Claude describes it as a chance to taste Charlemagne as a red. The vines struggle here in the rugged soil. It is a late-ripening terroir which, through its ability to drain, allows the grapes to avoid rot during the last phase of ripening. Chandon de Briailles owns .38 hectares, planted in 1961 and 1985 at an elevation of three hundred meters and east-facing. Tasted a year ago from barrel, the 2018 was showing surprisingly open, with incredible aromatics, and a lot of power on the palate. Cherry and plum fruit are present, but the character of the wine always leans savory in its youth, with intense herbal and salty notes. Clos du Roi reveals something new each additional year it's kept in the cellar.