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Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2016

About this wine

Considered by many to be the finest vineyard of this Grand Cru appellation.  They don't call it the King for nothing.

 

100% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 35 years old. The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The 17-day fermentation is in stainless steel vats with punching down occurring twice a day. The wine spends a year and a half in oak barrels, 30% of which are new.  Annual production is 2,500 bottles.

 

About the grape

Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates. It can be very transparent because of its lightness and flavors of red fruit and earth.

 

About the Vintage (Domaine perspective)

2016, a miracle vintage perhaps.  Generally, tiny production but concentrated and fine. Less ripe and probably better balanced than 2015. Here are comments from Christine Dubreuil, “Frost 27 April. Directly we could see ‘That’s not good.’ In the commune of Pernand we were particularly touched – 70-80% losses. The vines just stopped growing – it was June before the vines were green again… but from July the weather was really super and the vines looked great – but there was no fruit. We could be happy if we found one cluster per vine. The whites of Pernand was the lowest spot but we had the chance that the red Corton was lovely and not touched – Pommard Epenots too. In the end it’s less than half a harvest here – we lost roughly two-thirds of the whites, but at least the quality is super. The reds fermented faster than the whites, but nothing took long.”

 

Our tasting impressions

As is so often the case, low yields mean great concentration. Our first taste of “the King” of Corton assured us that this is superb. Deep, rich and remarkably pure. Young and intense but but not unapproachable. Give it a long decant if you are tempted now but the true beauty of this wine is down the road (it could easily improve for decades)!

 

On your table…

Certainly this Corton calls for something hearty and fatty to battle the lusty tannins. A roast leg of lamb with some earthy sides perhaps. With some maturity, switch to a spring-like lamb stew with peas and morels. Serve at cellar temperature.

2016
Pinot Noir
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

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Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

Christine Dubreuil is a fifth-generation winemaker and owner of this Domaine. The wines are elegant, charming, and delicious - each wonderfully depicting its vineyard. The Domaine offers 28 wines. 

Just 200-250 cases of these terrific wines are produced with only a small percentage coming to America. Burghound, Parker, and Nanson are each big fans of Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine wines.

“Her crowning Corton Grand Crus were some of the best I have tasted. The Clos Du Roi was my pick, but they all deliver extraordinarily high Grand Cru quality.” --Neil Martin (Robert Parker)