Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru `Les Valozières`

Côte de Beaune

Domaine Chevalier

Domaine Chevalier is a 15 hectare family domaine situated in Ladoix, in the...

north of the Côte de Beaune. Established in 1850, it is now run by Claude Chevalier and his daughters, Julie and Chloé. Claude's whites have the mealy and mineral quality that typifies great Burgundy, at a relatively modest price. The style combines the taut, steely feel of Chablis but with the fruit intensity, finesse and hints of riper stone fruit of the Côte de Beaune. His red wines have incredible purity and elegance.

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Vineyards

The vineyards of Corton are situated accross three villages at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune: these are Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand Vergelesses. The main part of the Corton Appelation is on the hill of Corton, facing South, with an extended side exposed to the east, and another facing westwards. The Aloxe Corton 1er Cru is a tiny appellation and only covers 38 hectares.

Vintage Information

Low yields and warm weather allowed for ample ripeness, small berries and an early harvest. Quality is looking extremely fine, with some people whispering comparisons with the outstanding 2005 vintage. Acid levels in individual wines may be crucial.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-harvested then carefully sorted before being pressed and put into vats for racking. After cooling the must was transferred to barrel for fermentation (no new oak was used for this wine) where the wine remained for 11 months. It was fined in barrel, filtered and then rested for 2-3 weeks before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is a beautiful wine with subtle touches of wood and rich dark berry aromas on the nose. Still young, it needs to be cellared for a couple of years and will become even better, ageing beautifully and gaining great flavours of leather and spice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Chloé and Claude Chevalier
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%