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Chandon de Briailles Corton Grand Cru Blanc 2017

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Corton Grand Cru Blanc 2017

This white Corton Grand Cru is an absolute rarity. Almost all white Corton usually come from the Corton-Charlemagne plots, but this one does not. It grows in the excellent, but actually Pinot Noir-influenced Corton-Bressandes, which has an eastward orientation. The plot is located further down on the slope, below the eastern part of Corton-Charlemagne, where the soil is becoming deeper and contains more clay. So we always have full power and high maturity in this Corton Blanc. This is an exceptional Chardonnay and certainly one of the rarest white grands crus in Burgundy. For Chandon, the same expansion applies to all white wines with a minimalist philosophy: Whole-grape direct pressing then the juice is fed directly into the cellar by gravity for spontaneous fermentation together with malo in predominantly old barriques. There the wine remains intact in the same barrel for 12 to 14 months without bottonnage and without racking or other interventions until it is bottled. A dense, gathered nose sounds here. Farmhouse bread crust, pear and fine yellow apple, fresh citrus inserts. But currently yeasty, stony and chalky nuances dominate over the fruit. Shellfish and sea breezes lie over everything like a chalky-salty veil. Showing a lot of pressure and power on the palate, wow, there is really something going on in the mouth. Pear and light peach, also apricot, then becoming somewhat reddish in the fruit with orange peel and tangerine in the aftertaste. Fine tannins give structure and combine with the chalky minerality to form a solid framework. There is also a slightly loamy clay mineral appearance in the grippy, long and engaging reverberation. The wine stands like a rock in the surf. This also suggests its good aging potential.