Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Beaune district (dept. of Côte-d’Or). The Corton appellation may be followed by the name of the « climat » of origin (applies to red wines only). Producing communes : Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny, Pernand-Vergelesses.
The extensive area covered by the Corton Grand Cru and the large number of different « climats » (named plots) it contains explain the observable differences in character among the wines grown here. The rare whites (grown mainly in the climats of Vergennes and Languettes) have a keeping potential of 4-10 years. Colour : pale gold
with green highlights. Mineral aromas (flint) blend with butter, baked apple, bracken, cinnamon and honey. Elegant and highly-bred, supple and well rounded, this unusual Chardonnay has much in common with Corton-Charlemagne.
The Corton reds are an intense velvety crimson, darkening towards magenta. Their generous aromatic expression is of fruit notes (blueberry, gooseberry, kirsch cherry) or flowers (violet), evolving towards underbrush, animal, leather, fur, pepper and liquorice. On the palate this wine is well-built, powerful and muscular and the chewy body comes to the fore. Firm, frank and fat, it requires time (4-12 years) to reach its peak.
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