Technical sheet

The appellation

The destiny of this vineyard, a gift from the emperor Charlemagne to the Canons of the Collegiate of Saint-Andoche at Saulieu, in 775, was truly exceptional in that it remained in the hands of this religious community for over 1000 years. Chardonnay reigns supreme. On its journey across the palate it is elevated and accomplished, with body and bouquet melting together superbly. Smooth and dry, firm yet gentle, deep and structured, this is a wine of undeniable character and grace.

To obtain the favours of the Church, Charlemagne donated his vineyard in Corton to the Collegiate of Saint-Andoche at Saulieu. Justly so, as the land had in fact been despoiled by his grandfather Charles Martel! The Clos Charlemagne, as it was formerly known, remained in the hands of the  Collegiate until the French Revolution, when in 1791-92 national property was sold off.

As Claude Chapuis puts it, Charlemagne became “the most popular historical figure in Corton”, and his emblem, a two-headed eagle, is included on the shields of the villages of Aloxe and Pernand.

Charlemagne was sometimes known as the Emperor with the Flowery Beard. As legend has it, this nickname arose because he often drank his red wine with such enthusiasm that it spilled from the cup and coloured his long beard, until finally his wife nagged him into planting this vineyard with white grapes. To this day, Corton-Charlemagne remains white.

The vine

Le Charlemagne
Geographical situation: steep parcel.
Surface: 0.2183 ha
Exposure: South-facing.
Plantings: 1954-55, 1957-58, 1989-90.

En Charlemagne
Geographical situation: Top of the hills.
Surface: 0,2772 ha
Exposure: South West-facing.
Plantings: 1954-55, 1957-58, 1989-90.

Grape variety: 100 % Chardonnay
Planting density:
10 000 vines/ha
Horse ploughing
Training: Guyot

Le Charlemagne
Geographical situation: to the south of la Montagne de Corton, between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune, this steep sun-drenched plot hugs the hillside between Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, at an altitude between 250 and 320 metres.
Soil and subsoil: silicic soil, very calcareous, silty and very pebbly (white soil).
Rootstock: 60 % of massal selection and 40 % of clones.
Organic agriculture: since 1998. Received official approval in 1999. Bio-dynamic agriculture since the 2001 campaign.

En Charlemagne
Soil and subsoil: silicic soil, very calcareous, silty and very pebbly (white soil).
Rootstock: massal selection.
Organic agriculture since 2012. official approval ongoing because it's a new aacquisition (first year of conversion). Bio-dynamic agriculture since the 2012 campaign.

Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

The wine

Harvest date: 25th  September , 2021 (root day).
Sorting in the vineyard.
Yield: 37.1 hl/ha

Pressurage of full grapes for 2 hours 30.
Settling: 12 hours
Start fermentation in stainless-steel tank and finish in barrels.
Pneumatic press.

Length: 16 months in barrels and 2 months in tank.
Percentage of new barrels: 20%
Toasting: medium heat.
Source of wood: Centre France, Cîteaux.
Stirring of the lees in barrels: for or five stirring of the lees until december.
No racked.
Light fining with isinglass and soft filtration.

April 17th, 2023 (flower day).
Limited to 2331 bottles.

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