The production area of the Corton-Charlemagne appellation includes the area of the Charlemagne appellation, which, however, is not currently in use. Corton-Charlemagne is produced in the communes of Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny, and Pernand-Vergelesses. Certain parcels, depending on whether they are planted with Pinot Noir or Chardonnay
grapes, may, at the grower’s discretion, claim the appellation Corton for red wines or Corton-Charlemagne for whites.
When young, Corton-Charlemagne is pale gold in colour with green highlights. As it ages, the colour shifts towards yellow or amber. The bouquet, delicate in the extreme, features buttery notes of baked apple, citrus fruits, pineapple, lime, bracken, juniper, cinnamon, and flint. Honeyed notes are frequently present. The older vintages (25-30 years) reveal leather and truffle. Both the glass and the palate are filled with its powerful exhalations. Corton-Charlemagne is an astonishing demonstration of what the Chardonnay grape is capable of in terms of richness, power, concentration, distinction and balance. Rarely do we see such a perfect synthesis between grape variety and «terroir».
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