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)!
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. The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity). Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.
Christine's view of the vintage
2016, a miracle vintage?, perhaps. Tiny production but concentrated and fine. Less ripe and probably better balance than 2015. Pernand was hit with frost on April 27th and we lost about 80% of the crop. The vines just stopped growing, not showing life until June. Beginning in July, the weather was super and suddenly the vines looked great - but we had no fruit! -at best, one cluster per vine. The Chardonnay was decimated but the Pinot in Corton and Pommard was lovely and unfazed. Ultimately, we had less than half a typical harvest and only a third for whites. But the quality is excellent. Everything fermented quickly, particularly the Pinot.
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.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru
Christine Dubreuil is a fifth-generation winemaker and owner of this Domaine located in Pernand-Vergelesses. Her wines are elegant, charming, and delicious - each wonderfully depicting its vineyard.
The Domaine makes more than 20 different wines. The 20-hectare estate is sizable, by VDLT standards and generates close to 100,000 bottles per year.
Christine is a leader in supporting women winemakers. Her daughter Clémentine, who is training with mom, appears to be following in her footsteps.
Chief has known Christine and her family for many years. They have spent many wonderful evenings enjoying great food and splendid older vintages from the Dubreuil-Fontaine cellar.