Terroir Focus: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru incl. Bonneau du Martray, Albert Bichot, Joseph Drouhin

Corton-Charlemagne is a large Grand Cru appellation that lies on the hill of Montagne de Corton in Cote de Beaune. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are planted in Corton, however only wines made with Chardonnay are labelled “Corton-Charlemagne” while those made with Pinot Noir are just labelled “Corton”. It is also the “only vineyard in Burgundy bearing the name of two emperors: "Corton" comes from the Gallo-Roman Curtis d'Othon, meaning the Domaine of Othon, a German emperor. It gave the word Courthon, which became Corton. Famous emperor Charlemagne (Carolus Magnus) was, according to legend, the owner of the vineyard. “ (Reference from Joseph Drouhin,

The styles of Corton-Charlemagne vary between winemakers and domaines. In general, Corton-Charlemagne remains high quality with expressive yellow, tropical fruits flavours with good touches of buttery notes and minerals. Many of them are powerful and expansive with solid oak influence. They are usually built to age and go well in around 5-10 years.

When produced from good hands, you would very likely be getting some of the finest, good quality and value Chardonnay in the world. Some of the very top ones, such as Coche Dury Corton Charlamagne costs above Hk$30,000 per bottle nowadays. This year, Domaine de la Romanee Conti confirmed to rent 2.8 hectares Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau-du-Martray and the first harvest is expected to be 2017 which we are highly looking forward to!

Today we are glad to offer four compelling Corton-Charlemagne which are worthy for serious consideration. Compared with the Montrachet family, these have fabulous Grand Cru Chardonnay quality but only at a fraction of price -

Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014

HK$1,050 per bottle, 8 bottles available, in stock

92-95 pts Allen Meadows

Albert Bichot Domaine du Pavillon Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014

HK$1,050 per bottle, 6 bottles available, 2-3 weeks

18 out of 20 pts Jancis Robinson

Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014

HK$1,550 per bottle, 7 bottles available, 2 weeks

95 pts Allen Meadows

Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015

HK$1,210 per bottle, 6 bottles available, 2-3 weeks

93 pts Allen Meadows

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