Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru, Corton-Charlemagne
This Grand Cru comes off a plot of 0.616 ha owned by Faiveley within the 52.44 large Corton-Charlemagne vineyards. The vineyard has a south to south-west aspect with mainly grey marl soils. The Chardonnay grapes are hand harvested, vinified and matured in 65% new fine-grained oak barrels for 14 to 16 months in Faiveley’s cool nineteenth century vaulted cellars.
Corton-Charlemagne has a striking gold robe, even in its youth, and a remarkably generous nose of cinnamon, walnuts, pepper, tropical fruit, and amber. It has a soft mouthfeel that is enlivened by bright acidity, as well as a naturally high alcohol content that makes it quite powerful, concentrated, and long.