Domaine Rapet Père Et Fils Aloxe-Corton 2011

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Domaine Rapet Pere Et Fils Aloxe-Corton 2011 is a true terroir wine: powerful and full-bodied, a touch stern in its youth but long lasting in the cellar. It displays an intense and brilliant garnet-red hue and opens with an elegant bouquet dominated by red fruit, rounding off with a rich, dense and long finish. Having had a couple of years in bottle to soften and open, this has really begun to drink very nicely indeed.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Aloxe-Corton
Vintage: 2011
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Powerful and full bodied
Drink With: Braised lamb chops

Aloxe, pronounced "Alosse", has a Celtic root signifying a rocky cliff. Corton, the name of its most famous grand cru vineyard, was added to the village name in 1862. Corton is a composite word meaning "Othon's Court". In medieval Latin, "cortis" designated a courtyard and was used in the same way as the Gallo-Roman "villa", indicating a property belonging to a member of the Frankish nobility.

The topsoil is around a metre in depth and very ferruginous, over a very gentle slope. Domaine Rapet Père Et Fils' village Aloxe-Corton is composed of grapes from three different named vineyards, each contributing characteristics of their own: Les Boutières, derived from "bout", indicating the extremities of parcels situated down-slope; Les Citernes refers to water reserves; and Les Combes, a name of Gallic origin, designates valleys.

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