Domaine de Montille Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne
This Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne comes from the former Pinot Noir planted plot known as ‘Corton-Pougets’. In 2005, Domaine de Montille grafted Chardonnay on to the newly purchased 35-year-old vines. Some of the older vines in the lower end of the plot were replanted.
The fruit is hand-picked, then pressed before being allowed to settle prior to fermentation takes place in 600L and 228L barrels. Only a slight amount of new oak is used and is adjusted for the vintage but never more than a quarter. After about a year the wine is racked off into stainless steel to maintain freshness. This same approach is taken with the 1er Cru ‘Le Cailleret’ to create virile, expressive wines. Unlike ‘Le Caillerets’ this Grand Cru will require some time (6 to 8 years cellaring) to show its full potential.
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.