Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

2020
France
Burgundy

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. Clos du Roi reveals something new each additional year it’s kept in the cellar. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in barrel for 18 months, with a very modest 15% new oak.

93-95 points
"The 2020 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru is more ethereal, unwinding in the glass with scents of raspberries, violets, rose petals and sweet soil tones. Full-bodied, taut and concentrated, it's deep and multidimensional, with lively acids and a layered core of ripe fruit, framed by fine, powdery tannins."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
January 2022
92-95 points
"Ripe if restrained aromas of violet, plum liqueur and dark berry coulis are trimmed in hints of spice and the sauvage. The super-sleek and almost painfully intense large-scaled flavors brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract that serves to buffer the dense if relatively fine-grained tannins shaping the hugely long, serious and youthfully austere finale. This is an imposingly scaled Clos du Roi that should age gracefully for the better part of the next two decades."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
April 2022
91-93 points
"The 2020 Corton Clos-du-Roi Grand Cru, containing 100% whole bunch, has the most perfumed and floral of the trio of Corton’s from the Domaine, seductive, quite feminine. The palate is fleshy and rounded, very smooth and quite polished with hints of mocha and dark chocolate towards the finish. This is deceptively approachable - give it five years in bottle to fully come together. "
Neal Martin,
Vinous
November 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB6627-20
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic