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What is Aloxe-Corton?
These two vineyards Grand Cru, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, spread on three villages located at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune: Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses. The main part of the Corton hill faces due south, with white wines coming mainly from the western and south-western exposures. All but a small part of the production is red wine made from the Pinot Noir grape variety. The Aloxe-Corton appellation, created in 1938, covers the production of red and white Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, although in reality only a tiny percentage is white - Chardonnay accounts for just under two hectares out of 118 (4.5 acres out of 291 acres). This preference for reds is due to the association with the famous Corton reds Grand Cru; in general, these Aloxe-Corton red wines benefit from higher prices than those of equivalent quality from neighbouring communes.
How are the wines of Aloxe-Corton ?
The vineyard is located at the border of the two regions, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Its wines are very rich in matter, especially sensitive for the Clos du Roi, which could be compared to a Bressandes, which is much more tender. They are the ones that require the longest waiting, which does not mean the longest longevity. Some of them can decline rapidly afterwards. The existence of twenty-one grands crus of red on the territory of the commune shocks more than one lover of Burgundy.
Among the best vintages of Aloxe Corton are the years: 2009. 2005, 2002, 1999, 1996, 1990, 1978...
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