Corton

Corton is a French wine, in particular it is the only appellation (Appellation d'origine contrôlée: AOC) of Grand Cru vineyard of Côte de Beaune in Bourgogne, as far as red wines are concerned. Corton is produced on a hill located between three communes: Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix. The appellation includes the lower parts of Corton hill plus many vineyards subordinated to it. Corton wines are mainly red wines produced with Pinot noir grape, whereas a small quantity of white wine is produced with Chardonnay grape. Every year are produced about 500000 bottles, from vineyards located at an altitude between 250 and 330 meters (750 and 330 feet). In the Corton appellation are included the following regions and places: Basses Mourottes, En Charlemagne, Hautes Mourottes, La Vigne-au-Saint, Le Charlemagne, Le Clos du Roi, le Corton, le Meix Lallemand, Le Rognet et Corton, Les Bressandes, Les Chaumes, Les Chaumes et la Voierosse, Les Combes, Les Fiètres, Les Grandes Lolières, Les Grèves, Les Languettes, Les Maréchaudes, Les Meix, Les Moutottes, Les Paulands, Les Perrières, Les Pougets, Les Renardes, Les Vergennes. The high number of Regiones Grand Cru explain the nuances found inside the characters of these wines. White wines, more rare (in Vergennes, Languettes in particular) have an aging potential ranging from 4 to 10 years whereas reds can be kept in sparkling wine for many tens of years. Corton AOC reds are powerful and strong, structured and a bit sharp when young, they need time to develop (from 4 to 12 years).

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