Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru
    Follin Arbelet

    Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru,



    Follin Arbelet, Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2019

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Follin Arbelet, Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2019

    Picked on Friday 13th but there is nothing awry with this. Impressive, grand Corton Charlemagne. Statuesque and rich as you’d expect Corton to be, but what separates this from the rest of the pack is its persistent and vivid seam of freshness. The stylish, melt in the mouth, soft golden fruits are hemmed with the most beautiful ripe acidity. Flavours of mirabelle, peach, mandarin and honeysuckle flood the palate and are offset by complex savoury notes of stone and lightly roasted nut. True and unwavering through to a long finish. They have absolutely nailed this. Perfectly judged. Since 2016 this is now from a south facing parcel in Le Charlemagne, adjacent to his Corton Pinot vines. Very different from Follin's Cortons pre 2016 which came from more Pinot Noir orientated soils.



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    Follin Arbelet

    Follin Arbelet

    Since Frank Follin inherited vines originally under the control of the Louis Latour empire, he has been making sublime wines of concentration, purity and complexity. All of his vines from Aloxe-Corton, Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Romanée St Vivant are tended by hand and respectfully protected from any form of insecticide or pesticide, each betraying individuality, polish and great purity. By large the wines are de-stalked here but fermentations sometimes include up to 20% whole berry ferment depending on the vintage or cuvée, resulting in wines of suave, velvet textures. His cellars are cool and deep, so this process and the elevage are long, slow and gentle with minimal intervention, new oak percentages being kept to below 40%.

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