Dubreuil-Fontaine Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne 2018

2018
Chardonnay
Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

Our tasting impressions

The 2018 is likely the finest young Corton Charlemagne I have tasted from this Domaine. The 2017 was a coy vixen at this stage but this one wastes no time announcing, "Grand Cru." The aromatics are intense, exotic and have real zing! The flavors are bright, sweet fruit and a lovely touch of nut. The oaky finish (and it shut down after a while) reminds us how young this is but other than that, it will be hard to stay aways from these so they can demonstrate all their glory.

 

About this wine

100% Chardonnay from vines averaging 30 years old.  Dubreuil-Fontaine's holding of this iconic Grand Cru vineyard is less than three-quarters of a hectare near Pernand Vergelesses. The plots are mid and down slope facing west in soil that is mostly limestone with some clay.

 

The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. The fermentation is in oak barrels with stirring of the lees. The wine ages 10-12 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new.  Annual production is 1,000 bottles. 

 

About the grape

Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.

 

Christine's view of the vintage

The perfect vintage? Perhaps. Good quality and yield from yet another late August harvest. Beautiful grapes free of rot for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They are rich but there is good freshness to balance. I will be happy if I can make a vintage like this every year.


Glassware Suggestion: Grassl Cru

Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine

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.