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Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton Perrières Grand Cru 2016 (Expected early November 2018)

About this wine

100% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 35 years old. The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The 18-day fermentation is in stainless steel vats with punching down occurring twice a day. The wine spends 20 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new. Annual production is 3,000 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 balance 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

I'll share my little secret, of the three excellent Cortons at this address, the Perrières is my favorite.  Funny, thing is, I am not entirely sure why.  It's not as sexy as Bressandes or as regal as Clos du Roi.  Maybe what the French call Je ne sais quoi... Sure it leans rustic but I find it more expressive and transparent.  2016 no exception (though the Roi is one for the ages).  Just an excellent wine in need of quite a bit of cellar time and patience.

 

On your table…

I vote for slow roasted pork shoulder with nothing but salt and pepper and a second helping of crispy skin. 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)