Domaine Vincent Rapet, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017

£131.00 (75cl)

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SKU: BURA0117B

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A great Burgundy white wine from the Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton communes. The grape variety used is Chardonnay. The Corton Charlemagne vineyard is planted with vines of varying ages, ranging from more than 50 years to approximately 10 years old. Regular planting enables them to combine the power of the older vines with the finesse of younger plants.The Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne evokes history. Corton is a composite meaning "Othon's Court". In medieval Latin cortis designated the courtyard and it was used in the same way as the gallo-Roman villa, indicating a property belonging to a member of the Frankisk nobility. Charlemagne is linked to a well-known endowment. The church in Aloxe, dedicated to Saint Médard, was placed under the patronage of the Saulieu Collegiate to which Charlemagne donated his vineyards in 775. White wine vinification : Grapes are brought in small crates to keep them intact. The pressing is carried out with a pneumatic press which is less damaging to the grapes. The whole grapes are placed in the press and the pressing lasts for two hours. After 24 hours' settling at low temperatures, the grape juice is transferred into barrels to ferment, the proportion of new barrels being 30%. Ageing on lees with stirring lasts until July and the wine is bottled after 12 months of ageing. This south-west oriented Grand Cru is planted on sand and lime marl on a very steep slope. The shallow top-layer soil, composed of crumbly rock, is fairly light, poor and very stony

Tasting note

The Corton-Charlemagne bear the mark of their flinty terroir, due to the geological composition of the soil. The vines are heady and full-bodied with a beautiful golden glimmer. This grand Sire only reaches his age of maturity after 5 to 10 years in the cellar, revealing an aromatic richness of honey and toasted almonds with an exquisite mineral touch.

About the producer

The Lamy family has been working in the vineyards since 1640. Before creating his own domaine, Hubert worked with his father, Jean Lamy. He then went on the create Domaine Hubert Lamy in 1973. At that time the domaine was around 8 hectares in size, planted mainly in ‘regional appellations’. Most of the development of the domaine was during the 1990s, when new vines were bought or rented (Clos de la Chatenière, Derrière Chez Edouard, Murgers des dents de Chien, Clos du Meix, Santenay Clos des Hâtes) or planted (En Remilly). Some parcels, which were planted with Pinot Noir vines, were changed to Chardonnay vines because it was considered this was a better choice for the soil type (La Princée).

Olivier Lamy, having first studied winemaking and commerce, joined the domaine in 1995. Prior to joining his father, he trained at several other domaines and tasted wines from all over the world. With this experience, he was able to bring new ideas and methods of working in the vines and in the cellar. Today the domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines: 80% in Chardonnay and 20% in Pinot Noir.

White wine vinification: grapes arrive in the vat house and are put in the press via a conveyor belt. The grapes are pressed and the juice is transferred to a stainless steel vat for 1 night for settling. The next day the clear juice descends, via a gravity system, into the cellar and is put in the barrels. The barrels are 300L and 600L (“demi-muid”) in capacity.

Red wine vinification: grapes are sorted on a vibrating sorting table. They are then transferred into the destemmer and into cementvats via a conveyor belt. The alcoholic fermentation process starts during the next 3-10 days. The must is then devatted andpressed; the juice is settled for one night and is then transferred into the barrels for ageing. The wine is bottled after approximately 18 months of barrel maturation.



Regions Vintage Report:

“2017 Burgundy – expressive, elegant and balanced.” After several years of difficult and short vintages in Burgundy, winemakers throughout the region breathed a collective sigh of relief when the 2017 harvest was gathered in. Ironically, it was a year which on a national scale was catastrophic for other wine producing areas throughout France with overall production down by almost 25% across the country. Burgundy, for once, did manage to avoid the adverse impact of extreme weather conditions. In fact, this was the largest crop in the region since 2009. A decent or ‘average’ sized vintage was overdue and this is what the region has delivered. Not excessive just very respectable volumes overall. Whilst many vineyards in Bordeaux were decimated by severe late spring frosts – conditions the Burgundians know only too well following last year’s (2016) vintage – Burgundy was spared in 2017. Terrified of a repeat performance, it was all hands on deck on April 26-27th with what seemed like entire villages turning out in the small hours lighting candles and bales of hay – in fact almost anything that burned in order to generate enough smoke thereby reducing the risk of frost damage. Fortunately these efforts were rewarded with production levels significantly increased from the hugely restricted 2016: Chablis production increased just over 50%, notwithstanding some loss to frost, whilst overall the red Burgundy crop increased by 40% and white wine production was up by just over 20% on 2016. The mainly dry, early harvest without significant hail or frost damage was a welcome blessing. An Indian summer led to a hassle-free harvest. The harvest date, as always, was key. Many growers opted for an early start in a bid to safeguard sufficient freshness in the wines. Malic acidity was generally low, whilst tartaric acidity was of a good level so that even after the malolactic fermentations the wines have retained an excellent sense of vitality and freshness. Gentle, deft handling in the cellar was vital in order to ensure that the relatively delicate profile of the wines was not marked by over-extraction and/or over-manipulation. Pure, crunchy red fruit styles abound in 2017. The taster’s palate remains fresh even after extensive tastings of these elegant Burgundies. A decent sized crop following on from a series of such small vintages does, however, require some caution. As a few growers pointed out, many producers have had to struggle to survive over the last few years and were desperate to recoup some of their losses. This has led to some potential over-cropping. Selectivity in which wines to buy this year is very important, therefore. The majority of growers we visited in November are extremely pleased with their wonderfully ripe fruit and have variously compared the 2017 vintage to 1999, 2002, 2007 or 2012 for the red wines and perhaps 2014 for the whites. The harvest was healthy and of even ripeness. The pedigree of the best wines is clear to see thanks to a fine clarity of expression, terroir by terroir. The over-riding characteristics of the vintage being elegance, fine expressive aromatics with harmonious poise and balance. Freshness, precision and bright sapidity are oft-noted descriptors too. Silken textures and seams of telling vivacity are also of frequent note. All in all, 2017 has produced many wines that are of much charm and finesse with a delightful classically appetising style that high quality Burgundy can deliver so tantalizingly when conditions are right. Young Nicolas Groffier of Domaine Robert Groffier is very pleased with his 2017 vintage, defined by the warm summer and benefitting from gentle persistent wind that helped remove the risk of significant disease pressure. “we harvested wonderfully ripe fruit, with good sugars, and gentle but telling acidity. The end result is wines that are sensual and with no austerity. They are seductive and accessible with freshness and finesse. They are of a classic style with fine precision, reminding me of 1997, 2002 or perhaps 2012.” Nicolas Potel of Domaine de Bellene/Roche de Bellene is also very happy with his 2017s noting their “fine balance and the sheer quality of their fruit” as the keys to success this year. He, like many other growers, expressed the view that their 2017s will offer much of their seductive charm early in their evolution but will also offer decent ageing ability due to their excellent balance. The distinct characteristics of the myriad terroirs that makes up the mosaic of Burgundy are eloquently expressed in 2017. The wines show fine transparency. In Chablis, a number of growers believe that the character profile of the 2017 vintage is a marriage of the 2016 and 2014 in terms of style; with the ripeness of 2016 but also much of the key tension, salinity and precision of 2014. In other words, pretty ideal. The only sadness, though, is that volumes here were once again impacted by frost in late April. Nevertheless the overall Chablis crop was not nearly as badly depleted as in 2016. Prices As it is, the continued weakness of the pound does not help – which allied to severe pressure of growing global demand for such wines, does mean that several offer prices are subject to an increase over the coming months. We have done our best to keep these rises to a minimum. Neil Sommerfelt MW, Consultant January 2019 ©adVINture 2020

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