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Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru 2011


Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru 2011 has juicy and voluptuous fruit, velvety, berry flavours with hints of kirsch and blackberry liqueur characteristics. Good fresh fruit acidity, well covered with fleshy berry ripeness. Extremely attractive and with plenty of structure to suggest great ageing ability.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Corton
Vintage: 2011
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Solid
Drink With: Fillet steak

Corton is the grand cru appellation covering the slopes of the Montagne De Corton hill in the Côte De Beaune district of Burgundy. The appellation was introduced in 1937 and covers land in the three communes of Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses which surround the hill.

The hill of Corton itself is a large outcrop of limestone, set slightly apart from the main Côte D'Or escarpment. It marks the northern end of the Côte De Beaune and the finish of the vineyard-strewn plain which flows north from Beaune. The top of the lozenge-shaped hill is covered in dense woodland, changing to vineyards at about 1,130ft (345m). Vines occupy the slopes of the hill for almost its entire circumference, although the grand cru rating covers only the southern half, sweeping majestically around from due east to due west. The eastern side is a touch warmer than the western – being more exposed to the morning sunshine – and its soil is richer in the marlstone so well suited to Pinot Noir. Domaine Tollot-Beaut owns about 0.6ha of Corton grand cru vineyard which contains vines up to 85 years old.

The classic Corton red wine is rich and relatively tannic, meaning that it is quite austere in its youth but develops well with age. This Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton is no exception.

The kings of France always served Beaune wines at their tables, taken from their own cellars. They were broad-minded in their tastes, as there are Clos Du Roi (King’s Enclosures) as far afield as Chenôve and Aloxe-Corton. These prestigious enclosures generally came from land confiscated from the Dukes of Burgundy when the province was reunited with France, after the death of Charles The Reckless in the fifteenth century.