Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru ‘Clos des Marechaudes’
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Aloxe-Corton has a long tradition of grape growing and wine making, the first recorded evidence is since 696 A.D. It still is classed as one of the best examples of Pinot Noir in the Cote d’Or, producing robust and age-worthy wines. The Premier Cru vineyards within the Clos des Marechaudes Monopole site, sit at the foot of the hill of Corton, literally just below the Grand Cru demarcations. This area is predominately comprised of Pinot vines, with just a third being devoted to the white wines from Chardonnay of Corton-Charlemagne.
This is a wine made from carefully handpicked fruit vinified in Albert Bichot’s gravity-fed winery in their special temperature controlled conical oak vats. The temperature is kept cool at the beginning of the fermentation to control the speed and to extract fresh cherry, strawberry, and blackcurrant fruit flavours from the Pinot Noir. Towards the end of fermentation the temperature is raised to aid the extraction of colour and tannin from the grapes and give some body to the wine and so provide it with structural balance on the palate. The resulting wine has rounded velvety tannins, precise acidity and deeper flavours of tea and cocoa.
The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in oak (25 – 40% new) from the Allier, Vosges, and Troncais forests. This imparts some sweet spice to the wine as well as some herb characteristics and some smoky and toasty notes as well.
This is a wine that is easily capable of fifteen years’ development in cellar from the vintage.