Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru

2018

Located just below Corton Bressandes, the vineyards have east-southeast exposure; Claude explained that here, you begin to see some similarities to the soil you find in the Cote de Nuits. The soil is red as it is very ferruginous, and you find limestone rocks throughout the vineyard. Chandon de Briailles has two-fifths of a hectare here, planted in 1974 and 1979. The domaine has been working the parcel by horse since 2012 and avoids using tractors in the vineyard to avoid compacting the soil. Each vine is cared for by hand. It's a fantastic Grand Cru site. Wine from here tends to be more open than Bressandes or Clos du Roi in its youth— perfect for those who prefer young wines— yet still has finesse and a velvety texture with fine tannins.

92-94 points
"The 2018 Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru has turned out well this year, revealing aromas of cassis, wild berries, dark chocolate and peonies. On the palate, it's full-bodied, supple and layered, with fine concentration and refined, velvety tannins. The Maréchaudes is quite rounded and charming in profile this year and should drink well comparatively young."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, February 2020
91-93 points
" A deft application of wood sets off the overtly spicy and ripe essence of red pinot fruit where additional breadth is present in the form of floral and earth nuances. There is excellent punch to the very well-detailed larger-scaled flavors that possess focused power on the solidly complex and sneaky long finish. This is perhaps a bit more refined than it usually is and a wine that should age well over the medium to longer-term."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, April 2020
92-94 points
"The 2018 Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru comes from a single 0.39-hectare parcel of 35-year-old vines and is matured in 20–30% new oak. Clean and precise on the nose, it offers crystalline red currant and cranberry fruit with a discreet mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and lovely sapidity. A Corton that gets the saliva flowing. The finish has a subtle marine influence with a tang of Japanese nori on the aftertaste. A Corton with elegance."
Neal Martin,
Vinous
, January 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB6628-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic