Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Corton Charlemagne Les Languettes 2018
1 or more bottles$490.00
Jasper Morris M96 points
Thibault has made two barrels this year, one of which is new. The grapes are pressed very slowly, giving a small amount of skin contact which adds a textural element to the already mineral and chewy character of Corton-Charlemagne. There is some spicy, struck-match reduction on the nose, along with some rich stone-fruit. The palate is initially quite opulent and hedonistic, with a viscous, oily feel underscored by the firm, saline minerality of Corton, and the finish is fresh, pure and fine. Drink 2024-2032.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
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Corton-Charlemagne is a Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Beaune region in Burgundy, France. The appellation primarily faces southwest and sits at the highest part of the Hill of Corton, where gradients are quite steep. The Emperor Charlemagne gifted these vineyards to the Saint-Andoche de Saulieu religious community in 775. Corton-Charlemagne produces opulent Chardonnay. In youth, these white wines are pale gold with green highlights. With age, their colour moves towards yellow or amber. The wines’ delicate bouquet boasts buttery notes of baked apple, citrus fruits, tropical pineapple, juniper, cinnamon, and some flint. They frequently feature notes of honey, too. Older vintages display leather and truffle notes.
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