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Benjamin Leroux Corton Rouge Grand Cru 2014

2014 is just the third release of this rarity, mostly drawn from one of the last existing red vineyards planted in Le Charlemagne. Leroux tells us that he was spurred on to make this wine after a conversation with one of Corton's famous growers who lamented the fact that almost all of the Pinot vines on this south and south-western side of the hill have been grafted over to Chardonnay (much easier to sell Corton-Charlemagne than it is to sell Corton Rouge). This grower spoke with passion of Charlemagne's red wines of yesteryear and Leroux was inspired. He wanted to see what effect Charlemagne's famously mineral terroir would have on Pinot Noir and so he searched and found a parcel of vines that would allow him just enough grapes to fashion a very limited 'retro-cuvée'. As mentioned, yields in many of Corton's vineyards were devastated by hail in 2014, so again 1/3 of the 2014 is in fact Corton Les Bressandes - in order to make up a single barrel's worth. The vines vary in age from roughly 20 to 70 years, the élevage included 30% new oak, 20% whole bunch.

"An overtly floral nose displays notes of lilac, lavender and violets that offer a touch of elegance to the red and dark currant, earth and sauvage aromas. There is terrific intensity to the broad-shouldered and well-muscled big-bodied flavors that display plenty of minerality on the driving, austere and serious finish that retains impeccably good balance. This is excellent but note well that patience will be required." 90-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 62

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Corton-Charlemagne


in a mixed case (6 per case)