Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2012

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Chandon de Briailles

This vintage is available in 6/1.5L ONLY.

The winemakers' mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to drink in the mid-term while the Charlemagne was aging! The final blend is 80% Corton Bressandes, 15% Corton Chaumes and 5% Corton Renardes. (Renardes is one of the climats that may be classified as Corton Charlemagne.)

An unusual Chardonnay coming mainly from Pinot Noir soils, so quite full, evoking yellow fruits (peach, apricot) and a touch of honey. One new oak barrel was introduced in the 2011 vintage (very little influence overall, approx. 5% of total), nor lees-stirring, so very elegant and fresh on the finish.

Notes on the 2012 Vintage (from Burghound, Issue #54, April-June 2014): François de Nicolay described 2012 as an "excellent vintage that unfortunately did not produce very much volume. For our vines the worst culprit was the poor flowering as we really weren't affected by the hail in 2012 though we got more than our fair share in 2013. We were also hit by a ferocious attack of mildew followed by an attack of oidium though we managed both ofthose reasonably well, even though we were constantly on the go in order to do so. To give you an idea, we normally treat around 10 times a growing season but in 2012 we passed through our vines fully 20 times! We began picking the whites on the 21st of September and then harvested the reds from the 24th to the 30th. There wasn’t much sorting required as the fruitwas both ripe and clean with good phenolic maturities so I used from 50 to 70% whole clusters for the vinifications. As to the wines they remind me of slightly more concentrated versions of our 2010s. The individual terroirs are clearly delineated and I think that they should age extremely well as they have everything that they need to do so." Save for the Corton-Bressandes, all of the 2012s were bottled between October 2013 and January 2014.

90 points
"A ripe and very fresh nose mixes notes of mandarin orange, nectarine, apricot and pear scents. As is usually the case with this wine it is big, powerful and concentrated with plenty of muscularity to the bold flavors that terminate in a mouth coating and persistent finish. This is not especially complex at present but the stuffing is certainly present to allow more to develop. Note that in contrast to many vintages, the 2012 version is more forward than usual and should drink well young. "
Allen Meadows,
, Issue #55
92 points
"The 2012 Corton Blanc is another concentrated, wide open and very classy example of the vintage that is going to be very hard not to drink in its youth! The deep, complex and very classy nose soars from the glass in a blend of pear, peach, clementine, lovely soil tones, crème patissière, orange blossoms and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and very pure on the attack, with superb complexity, a succulent core, fine acidity and a lovely sense of backend minerality that almost vibrates on the long and perfectly focused finish. Fine juice and really tasty out of the blocks! 2014-2025+."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
, Issue #48, Nov-Dec 2013