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Joseph Drouhin Rully 1989

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Corton Charlemagne is the only vineyard in Burgundy bearing the name of two emperors : Corton comes from Courthon, itself derived from the Gallo-Roman Curtis (estate) and Otho, the emperor who inherited it. Charlemagne, the famous emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was once the proprietor of the vineyard. Corton Charlemagne is magnificently situated on an impressive hill dominating the village of Aloxe-Corton. As the slope turns from East to West, most of the vineyards face due South. Joseph Drouhin has an estate in Corton Charlemagne. The utmost care is given to the vines : low yields, no fertilizer, no weed killer. Ploughing and leaf removal are used when necessary. The wine-making techniques are traditional : barrel fermentation, ageing in oak barrels. Corton Charlemagne is a strong, rich and luscious wine, very long and persistent on the palate. It has a lovely intense golden hue, even when young. Often, the nose profers aromas such as cinnamon, green walnuts, pepper, exotic fruit and amber. There is someting massive about this wine, and no word can truly describe the awe that it inspires. Corton Charlemagne benefits from long cellaring : it should not be drunk before 4 to 5 years of age and can keep very well 10 to 15 years.

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Joseph Drouhin:
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable ... Read more
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.   Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture.  Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance.  The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure.   Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents.  Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living. Read less

Corton Charlemagne is the only vineyard in Burgundy bearing the name of two emperors : Corton comes from Courthon, itself derived from the Gallo-Roman Curtis (estate) and Otho, the emperor who inherited it. Charlemagne, the famous emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was once the proprietor of the vineyard. Corton Charlemagne is magnificently situated on an impressive hill dominating the village of Aloxe-Corton. As the slope turns from East to West, most of the vineyards face due South. Joseph Drouhin has an estate in Corton Charlemagne. The utmost care is given to the vines : low yields, no fertilizer, no weed killer. Ploughing and leaf removal are used when necessary. The wine-making techniques are traditional : barrel fermentation, ageing in oak barrels. Corton Charlemagne is a strong, rich and luscious wine, very long and persistent on the palate. It has a lovely intense golden hue, even when young. Often, the nose profers aromas such as cinnamon, green walnuts, pepper, exotic fruit and amber. There is someting massive about this wine, and no word can truly describe the awe that it inspires. Corton Charlemagne benefits from long cellaring : it should not be drunk before 4 to 5 years of age and can keep very well 10 to 15 years.

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