2016 Marius Delarche 'RGS' Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

$139.95

We couldn’t be happier with how our “Really Great Stuff” custom bottling turned out in Burgundy’s banner year of 2016. 50+ year old vines imbue this wine with incredibly palate-staining minerality and concentration, green apple, key lime pie, and chalk. Remember, Corton-Charlemagne gets all of its power from concentration of flavors and length, not gimmicks like high alcohol, buttery lactic notes, or toasty oak. Drink like a king, quite literally - just 1,200 years later! This really demands a decadent meal like a fricassee of chicken, morels, white wine, and cream.

The cellar at Marius Delarche literally overlooks the hill of Corton, one of the greatest vineyard plots in the world. With Grand Cru dirt of both the red and white variety, the slope of Corton is home to incredible grapes that make it into only a select few cellars. It takes nerves of steel to work with fruit from Corton and the surrounding vineyards of Pernand-Vergelesses, as mistakes are very, very expensive.The late Philippe Delarche and his son Etienne were more than up to the challenge. The Delarche philosophy is about minimalist, low-intervention, small-batch winemaking. When you're working with raw materials of the caliber they source, you let nature do the work for you. Nothing Etienne makes is more than a few dozen barrels (at the most) so the care and attention to detail each lot receives is borderline coddling. We think you'll love his handiwork.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
Etienne Delarche
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
14 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Appellation:
Burgundy
Sub-Appellation:
Corton-Charlemagne
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
SKU #:
1WMDE16IW3RGSCC