From: Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is excellent, opening in the glass with notes of golden orchard fruit, spring flowers, orange zest, and hazelnut cream, gently framed by new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a glossy attack, superb concentration, and an almost chewy sense of extract, its taut structural elements asserting themselves on the grippy finish. While this is marked by the warmth of the vintage it has the necessary energy and freshness to retain its balance.
Pairing: Corton-Charlemagne's powerful bouquet, its richness, and distinguished character present a remarkable acidity, perfectly controlled by a well-rounded opulence on the palate, that should be paired with noble, delicate dishes, which are also powerful and aromatic. Natural candidates would be foie gras, whose slight bitterness will be framed by the wine's minerality and power, or, more classically, crustaceans, such as lobster, crayfish, or crab, whose delicate yet flavourful flesh produces a spectacular harmony... Poultry and veal in white sauce also make a delicious combination, as do blue cheeses.
Domaine Ponsot has been a top producer and catalyst for innovation in Burgundy since 1872. After the Franco-Prussian War, William Ponsot settled in Morey-Saint-Denis, bought a vineyard, which included the 1er Cru monopole Clos des Monts Luisants and a parcel of Clos de la Roche, and began producing wine. In the 1930s, Williams's nephew Hippolyte was among the first producers in Burgundy to practice estate bottling and took part in founding the A.O.C. classification. In the 1960s, Hippolyte's son, Jean-Marie, was one of the pioneers of clonal selection of Pinot Noir. In fact, many of the most important Pinot Noir clones originate from mother vines in Ponsot's vineyards.
Today, under the control of Laurent Ponsot, the Domaine produces wine from tiny yields and using no new oak, a regime that has been referred to as "perennially inconsistent." To this critique, Laurent says, "We are lazy, we don't interfere with nature. My aim is to express the vintage and the terroir through my wines, not to express myself. Some people say we are inconsistent. To me, this is the greatest possible compliment."
93 Points -Wine Advocate
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