750 mL Bottle
Chandon de Briailles' emblematic white cuvée is an example of the super-rare Corton blanc AOP. Note that this is not Corton-Charlemagne but rather Corton blanc, another classification altogether. It is made from mature Chardonnay vines feeding off the great limestone/clay terroirs of Corton's east-facing grand crus sites. 80 per cent of the fruit comes from vines planted in the clay-rich grand cru climat of Bressandes, the only Chardonnay vines on this grand cru. While Bressandes provides the wine's rich, velvety core, a proportion of fruit from Renardes (a limestone-rich climat that, on its own, can be declared as Corton-Charlemagne) provides cut and backbone. These two great terroirs, combined with the Estate's meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, explain why this is the benchmark Corton blanc. The 2011 is a wine of steely clarity, with intense focus, great finesse, salty minerality and plenty of white peach, crunchy nectarine and spicy fruit. The finish is long, racy and mineral. A fine rendition of this rare white Burgundy.
"Here too there is a very mild trace of exotic yellow fruit aromas that combine with notes of citrus zest and freshly sliced pear and peach. There is fine power and very solid mid-palate density to the big-bodied flavors that possess good energy and lovely detail, all wrapped in a bone dry and linear finish that is supported and shaped by cuts-like-a-knife acidity that is firm but not aggressive."
91 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
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