One of the great Domaines in Burgundy, if not the greatest. Centred above immaculate cellars in Vosne-Romanée, the vineyards are run on strict bio-dynamic lines with yields regularly being 18 to 20 hl/ha – about one third of the average Burgundian production. Lalou Bize Leroy and her team are some of the most proactive and astute in the Côte d’Or – never taking anything for granted. The Leroy ‘Collection’ is the result of some thousands of samples of grape must and wine tasted by Lalou and her team. Cellared and bottled in Auxey-Duresses until ready to drink, they offer some of Burgundy’s finest mature drinking.
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.