Maillard Pere & Fils Corton Renardes 2017
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune|
|Brand||Maillard Pere & Fils|
In Burgundy, the vines classed as grand cru surround the Corton hill, with the three villages of Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny sharing these marvellous terroirs between them. ‘Les Renardes' are parcels found in the middle of the slopes, with vines planted in chalk and marl soils that date from the Jurassic age. Pascal Maillard aims to preserve an average of 6-7 bunches per vine stock, harvested by hand and placed in 40-litre cases (since the 2016 vintage). Only the best bunches are selected for the 12-15 day vinification in temperature-controlled conditions, including one or two daily stirrings. During the 18-month maturation, this cuvée is placed in 228-litre oak barrels, with 75% new wood for the wine to take in. When tasting, make sure to give this wine a good swirl in the glass so that it releases its waves of strawberry and raspberry, as well as its peppery notes.
Toasty, rounded notes of oak wrap themselves around ripe cherry hints on this wine's nose. The palate sweeps in with full-fruited cherry juiciness on a concentrated, flowing body pervaded by freshness. Cherry notes are still framed but complemented by oak. Supple tannins and freshness counter slight heat around the edges.