This wine is a Domaine du Pavillon “monopole” meaning that Albert Bichot own all of the grapes exclusively in the 1.3 acre vineyard. The Clos des Marechaudes has the extremely rare distinction of possessing 2 different levels of appellation within the same 2 ha (total area) vineyard. “En Marechaudes” is derived from the Old French term “maresche” (marsh). The lower parts of Aloxe Corton and Ladoix Serrigny were marshy due to their proximity to the Lauve spring. Major drainage work was undertaken to dry up the land and make it suitable for planting vines. The grapes in this vineyard tend to ripen early.
The Clos des Marechaudes vineyard is somewhat split in two, both the Corton and the Aloxe Corton share the same plot. This wine, however, is positioned the higher of the two. The aspect and exposure to the sun is much greater, providing fuller, riper grapes with greater longevity. The Corton Grand Cru is also aged much longer in a higher proportion of new French oak (nearly half of the wine) for close to 18 months.
This wine is at the beginning of it’s maturation journey. The Corton Grand Cru Clos des Marechaudes features well-balanced notes of vanilla and toast on the nose with nuances of raspberry. Starting off very round, rich and powerful, a harmonious combination of richness and the finesse of the terroir. The tannins are dense, mature and round. Very nice weight and length on the palate.
A truly delightful wine that will reward in many more years to come.
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