2011 Domaine Delarche Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
The oak is well-integrated into this racy, harmonious white. Peach, apple, lemon and spice flavors abound while this remains taut and focused through the lingering finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.
Philippe and Etienne Delarche run a family estate of 9 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, mineral flavors. Only a tiny amount of Corton Charlemagne is produced, about 250 cases in most years. The vines average more than 50 years of age. Vines of that age produce small amounts of grapes, which creates a wine of body and density, very luscious when mature, and of course very scarce. The 2011 is a big, rich wine, bottled in November of 2012. It has had lots of lees contact, giving it a complex and rich finish. Done in 50% new french oak, but not in any way wood-dominated, this is a young, somewhat closed, but very attractive Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne at a very compelling price, thanks to K&L's direct import. Very pretty, very concentrated, very good, indeed. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 3/2013)