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    132
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The Story

The Hill of Corton lies in the midst of a cluster of famous wine-growing villages - Ladoix- Serrigny, Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-lès-Beaune - with, to the north, the southern end of the Côte de Nuits where vineyards mingle with stone quarries (Comblanchien limestone). The vineyards lie at heights of 250-330 metres and form a kind of amphitheatre not found elsewhere in the Côte. The Hill of Corton produces white Corton-Charlemagne and (mainly) red Corton, described by Camille Rodier as " le roi des bons-vivants " (or " the king of the bon vivants "). Corton Grand Cru received its AOC status on 31 July, 1937. A small quantity of white wine is grown but only the reds have the right to add the name of their " Climat " to that of the appellation.

Exposure is south-east/south-west (not an arrangement frequently found in the Côte). The hillside offers a text-book cut-away illustration of the local geology. The Oxfordian Jurassic limestone lying between Ladoix and Meursault is younger (145 million years) here than elsewhere along the Côte. At mid-slope the gradient is gentle and the soil reddish and pebbly, derived from brown limestone and rich deposits of marl with a high potassium content. The Pinot Noir grape is pampered here. The Chardonnay grape (which gives us the Corton-Charlemagne) occupies the top of the slope. 

 

The extensive area covered by this 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.

Red: solid and opulent, Corton is a Burgundy's iconic - highly complex, impressively mouth-filling in a way that is at once sensual and structured. For this reason, strong soft-centred cheeses and blue cheeses are needed to tame it. But, without question, its closest companions are highly-flavoured meats that match its powerful flavours and intense aromas. Indeed this wine is sublime with roast or grilled beef, or any and all game (furred or feathered) roasted, braised or - naturally - in sauce.Serving temperature: 14 to 16 °C

White: white Corton is a natural match for shellfish, fish, poultry in cream sauce, and goat's cheese.
Serving temperature: 12 to 14 °C

 

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The 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne had a bit of dirty birdie in its nose at first, not in a bad way, and in a way that blew off.  There were many hues of yellow in this sunny white.  It was rich and gamey with great honey and spice flavors.  In the end, the majority preferred the 1996.  So did I (97).

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Beaune, Burgundy

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Corton-Charlemagne 1996  ( Coche Dury )

The 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne had a bit of dirty birdie in its nose at first, not in a bad way, and in a way that blew off.  There were many hues of yellow in this sunny white.  It was rich and gamey with great honey and spice flavors.  In the end, the majority preferred the 1996.  So did I (97).

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Corton-Charlemagne 1996  ( Coche Dury )

"We had to have a little Cochy Cochy Koo, of course, and what better than the 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne. We actually had two bottles, as the first one was a bit mature. The second was ‘rockin’ per The Rev and a perfect bottle. This was kinky stuff, but in that ‘oh it’s ok, it’s legal because it’s regal’ way lol. This was a stylish, spectacular white that was liquid gold and diamonds rolled up into one (98)."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Corton-Charlemagne 1996  ( Coche Dury )

"We had to have a little Cochy Cochy Koo, of course, and what better than the 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne. We actually had two bottles, as the first one was a bit mature. The second was ‘rockin’ per The Rev and a perfect bottle. This was kinky stuff, but in that ‘oh it’s ok, it’s legal because it’s regal’ way lol. This was a stylish, spectacular white that was liquid gold and diamonds rolled up into one (98)."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Corton-Charlemagne 1996  ( Coche Dury )

"The 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne that followed didn’t quite live up to its reputation, although The Inspector confirmed that this wine was starting to mature quicker than most people realized. Its nose was more elegant and cleaner with a gorgeous, yellow core. There were waterfall flavors to its ‘fat’ palate. This was a pretty wine, sneakily long with lingering acid and ‘apricoty’ goodness. The Perrieres was mintier over time, and better (95)."

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