Aloxe-Corton “Les Chaillots” 1er Cru 2009 & Volnay “En Chevret” 1er Cru 2010
I recently went to a private wine tasting where Louis Latour’s Northeast Regional Manager, Andy Fruzzetti, opened TEN wines, 5 red and 5 white, as well as providing some awesome in depth commentary on the wines and winery. I will review these wines over the next several posts with some history and observations, stay tuned! Check out the March 31, 2017 & April 4, 2017 posts for additional pictures.
Aloxe-Corton is the home village of the Latour Family who have been closely involved in the affairs of the commune for over three centuries. Of the total hectarage of this Premier Cru, the Domaine Louis Latour control over 13% of production centered on the famous Château and cuverie of Corton-Grancey. The name “Les Chaillots” refers to the stony, pebbly nature of the soil in this vineyard, as “caillou” means pebble in French. There is an alliance in the wines of Aloxe-Corton between the finesse of a Côte de Beaune and the mellow, powerful appeal of the Côte de Nuits.
Volnay originates in the village of Volnay just south of Beaune and is a neighbor of Pommard. The “En Chevret” parcel of vines is located below the main road, just under the “Caillerets” parcel at the border of the village of Meursault. The easterly exposition and the specific terroir of this single vineyard give an elegant wine at each vintage.
Aloxe-Corton “Les Chaillots” 1er Cru 2009
Aged for about 10 months in oak barrels (35% new). Ruby with lovely aromas of bright red fruit and gentle spice, Pinot Noir at its finest. On the palate, complex concentrated fruit, cherry and raspberry with oaky notes and sweet herbs. Developed round tannins, nice acidity and balance ending with a touch of mineral tones. Very Enjoyable! Tasting Sample!
Volnay “En Chevret” 1er Cru 2010
Aged for about 12 months in French oak (35% new). Bright Ruby with full and big aromas of ripe berry fruit and sweet herb spice. On the palate, complex intense fruit flavors of raspberry and blueberry, with complementing tannins adding a touch of pepper. Lingering finish with a pleasant amount of mineral tones on the ending. Very Nice, put a couple of bottles in the cellar! Tasting Sample!