Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2011

  Follin Arbelet

Open, honeyed and floral; honeysuckle and acacia notes with a very tense, flinty grapefruit edge. It retains the classic taut, tense character of this vineyard whilst offering a sunnier, more generous side. Wonderful fruit flavours of mirabelle and citrus with a strong, rock salt-rubbed, lime skin finish. Brilliant. From an east-facing parcel planted in the 1950s just above Corton-Bressandes, called le Corton, usually planted with Pinot Noir.

Contains Sulphites.

About 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.

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.