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. 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.

94 points
"Here the strikingly layered nose is restrained to the point of being borderline timid and requires aggressive swirling to progressively reveals it markedly floral and spice-suffused aromas of mostly cool dark berries. The super-sleek and beautifully delineated larger-scaled flavors also display focused power on the dusty, balanced and long finale. This is also very well-balanced and while serious, it's somewhat less compact than it usually is though with that said, extended patience will still be necessary."
Allen Meadows,
April 2023

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Pinot Noir
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