Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2005

  Patrick Javillier

Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru

A paltry 1050 bottles of this are produced a year. Intense, textured and very mineral, creamy and voluptuous yet tight and explosive, notes of stone and fruit skin.

Contains Sulphites.

About Patrick Javillier

Patrick Javillier exploits 10 hectares of vineyard area in the Meursault, Savigny, Aloxe and Bourgogne appellations, a total of 80% of which are planted with Chardonnay. The drive and unstinting commitment of his winemaking consistently results in his producing some of the greatest examples of white Burgundy, not just in the finest vintages, but most notably in years perceived to be difficult. More astonishing still, when you consider that amongst his 10 hectares of vines there is only one small parcel that is either 1er or Grand Cru, that is Corton-Charlemagne of which he makes approximately 1000 bottles a year. His Meursaults, aged for at least 18 months in barrel with one aerated racking to achieve complexity and to allow the wines to settle naturally, are typical of the appellation and faithful to the terroir - the lower-lying of clay dominated vineyards produces full bodied buttery wines whereas the poor soils of vineyards like Tillets make wines of great tension and minerality.

Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne

A white wine Grand Cru appellation, Corton-Charlemagne stretches in a narrow band around the top of the Corton hill from Ladoix-Serrigny, through Aloxe-Corton to Pernand-Vergelesses. Marginally higher cooler and with whiter spoils than the red wine vineyards of Corton, Corton Charlemagne is ideally suited to the production of white wine. The stony soils here impart a very specific flinty and mineral character displayed by most Corton Charlemagne. The body, style and ripeness of the wine can vary according to where the vineyards are situated - the east-facing vines facing Ladoix tend to produce the most mineral wines,whereas the due south Aloxe-facing side result in the richest, ripest wines. Corton-Charlemagne is a large and underrated Grand Cru vineyard, so a good example can offer the best value drinking of any Grand Cru white Burgundy.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.