Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru 2012

Product Line: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Chandon de Briailles

On the lower mid-slope, under the Corton Bressandes and beside the Corton Vergennes, it is shallow limestone terroir facing due east and offers early ripening.

Planted in 1974 and 1979 with due east exposure.

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; we managed both of those 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 fruit was both ripe and clean with good phenolic maturities, so I used from 50-70% 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."

94-94 points
"The 2012 Corton “Maréchaudes” from the de Nicolay family had already been assembled into tank prior to my visit, but the wine was showing lovely potential. The complex and very classy nose wafts from the glass in a blend of red and black cherries, a bit of roasted venison, cocoa, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, a touch of youthful stems and a very stylish and gentle underpinning of Corton spice tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a fien core, very suave tannins, lovely focus and balance and a long, pure and classy finish. This is going to be very high class juice! 2020-2055."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
, Issue #48, Nov-Dec 2013
92 points
"A somber and inexpressive nose only grudgingly gives up wisps of plum, earth and game aromas. There is excellent size, weight and punch to the big-bodied flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel thanks to the abundant dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the tight, intense and impressively long finish. In much the same fashion as the Ile de Vergelesses I very much like the delivery as it's balanced and intense. "
Allen Meadows,
, Issue #54