Aloxe-Corton wines are very similar to some Corton Grand crus, and are an excellent opportunity to store wine in a cellar for little money. Because they often close down as their tannic structure is often rather big, many people are disappointed with these wines because, obviously, they open them too soon. You should not do that. Once, the wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton or Pommard, were eagerly sought after in France, Switzerland and Germany, when our fathers or grandfathers, had a cellar. Today, demand for those wines has plummeted, because people of today want immediate satisfaction, immediate pleasure. However, many of you probably have kids, and maybe the possibility to store some wine; If so, why don’t you buy some Aloxe-Corton or some Pommard and forget about it for a few years, like ten, for instance ?
Besides the Charlemagne grand cru, on the slope above the village of Aloxe-Corton, there are no other white wines produced on its soil, only reds, with 14 first growths (8 on Aloxe-Corton limits and 6 on the Ladoix-Serrigny area of production). Among them are at least several excellent “climats”: Les Valozières, Les Vercots, and La Toppe-au-vert.
Le Clos du Chapître is different of all the other first growths, so mineral, austere and classy, a bridge between Volnay and Chambolle-Musigny.
Aromatically wise, we are very close to what the Corton says. Here too, cherry is clearly the dominant fruit, but, as the soil has more clay than limestone, the wines are more horizontal, shoulders and chest, more stubborn, and almost thick. Earth, clay, cherry jam, flesh and blood, dark chocolate. Meat should be thick cut and not too lean. There is not a much better choice so, beware of your cholesterol.
Aloxe-Corton Quick Facts