90 years from the peace
Corton-Charlemagne Faiveley 1918
The first world war ended on November 11, 1918. It cost France hugely. The country lost more than 1.3 million men, with three million more wounded. The Germans had destroyed several towns, mines and railways, and agriculture had suffered. The population in Reims dropped from the pre-was 117,000 to 17,000. The price of products and services had risen 400 per cent since the beginning of the war. On the other hand, inflation raised the prices of agricultural products higher than their production cost, which meant that wine growers, among some others, did better than before 1914.
Most Burgundy villages had made it through the war with only reasonable material damage, but there was a great deficit of workers and skills. Despite the difficult times, the rather average harvest of 1918 created a few excellent wines, such as this golden beauty. Outwardly the wine was in good condition, fill level 4 cm and bottled on the estate. Decanted for 25 minutes, retained its best qualities for approximately 20 minutes in the glass.
Deep golden and pure colour. Attractive and open, slightly oaky, but abundantly fruity nose. Very full and masculine wine. A surprisingly multilayered and interesting experience. A touch too acid, but otherwise a very balanced, harmonious wine. The aftertaste could not be described as short, but it was too soft and unnoticeable, perhaps too subtle for an otherwise muscular wine. A good job by a peace-loving people.