Focus on Corton-Charlemagne

The 2013 vintage saw some major expansion at Domaine Clos de la Chapelle. We acquired eight new vineyard sites, including a very small parcel in the storied Grand Cru of Corton-Charlemagne! Our .30 hectares of 45-year-old vines will produce just 300 bottles for the world!

The Hill of Corton dominates the North of the Cote de Beaune, and contains the only red Grand Cru of the Southern half of the Cote d’Or. The vineyards span three communes, Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny. Our vines are in the Pernand section facing West, and are well positioned to catch the afternoon sun.

Records show that Corton-Charlemagne was planted to grapevines since at least 696 AD, and almost certainly much earlier than that. The vineyard was owned by Charlemagne himself in the late 8th century, and his name is linked to the vineyard through an apocryphal story that his wife insisted that white grapes be planted on the hill because she was tired of his beard getting stained by red wine.

In truth, the white grapes are planted high on the hill where the clay soils have eroded, exposing a band of Chardonnay-friendly limestone underneath. The grapes grown there produce some of the world’s finest white wine, and the best examples rival top Montrachet for supremacy in Burgundy. Corton-Charlemagne is full-bodied, with tropcial fruit, cinnamon and spice notes. Wines from the Pernand-Vergelesses part of the vineyard are renowned for their minerality.

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