Corton “Clos du Roi” Grand Cru

Corton “Clos du Roi” Grand Cru bottle

The name Corton comes from the Latin Curtis Othonis, Otho's domain. This Roman emperor refused to allow this fine vineyard to be harvested by anyone else. The Valois dukes were known as the grand dukes of the west, the princes of the best wines in Christendom. Philippe the Hardy, Jean the Fearless, Philippe the Good and Charles the Bold link Corton to the flamboyant days of the Order of the Golden Fleece. On Charles's death, Louis XI confiscated the enclosure, which remained as the Clos du Roi (king's enclosure) until the French Revolution three centuries later.

The royal vineyard, which had been well maintained under the Dukes of Burgundy, declined through lack of care. In 1603 it passed to Burgundy nobles under a cense, a sort of perpetual leasehold close to true ownership.

January 26, 2017 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Healthy medium red. Subtle aromas of redcurrant, spices and earth, plus a hint of smoke. A supple, sweet, attractive midweight without any edges. Intense red fruits and dusty brown spices carry very well through the fine-grained finish. Suavely tannic for Corton, this wine should have very good staying power in the bottle. -- Stephen Tanzer
  • Winemaking

    Harvest de-stemmed, not crushed. No yeast addition. Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold, for 20 days. Barrel aged for 16 months.

  • Nose

    Powerful; really complex whilst maintaining its freshness. One finds spices, particularly those with menthol overtones, and, of course, the classic black and red fruits, here joined by a mineral touch.

  • Palate

    Sublime; magnificent intensity, balanced, showing aromas both fruity and balsamic. One can also detect a touch of smokiness of great delicacy. The finish is almost without end, and is both refreshing and savory.

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