Daily Wine 7/9/17:
Faiveley – Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru – 2002
- This wine is 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru vineyards of Corton-Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune within the Côte d’Or of Burgundy, France.
- The hillside of Corton was once planted to red grapes, but Emperor Charlemagne did not want the red wine to run down his beard and stain it. His wife encouraged him to replace the red vines with Chardonnay vines.
- Exposure faces south and south-west and the soils are grey marls.
- Faiveley hand-harvests the grape. They then vinify and mature the wine in oak barrels for 14 to 16 months. Two thirds of the oak are new, high-quality French oak with rigorously fine grain and light toast.
- Pierre Faiveley founded the business in 1825 and his family has since grown it to have more than ten hectares of Grand Crus and nearly 25 hectares of Premier Crus.
- Pair this with shellfish and fish.