CORTON, GRAND CRU, CUVEE DOCTEUR PESTE
BURGUNDY, FRANCE 2017
As one of the most celebrated Pinot Noirs in the world, Corton has always had an allure for lovers of Burgundy. While other famous villages such as Volnay and Pommard produce great Pinot Noir, Corton is the only red Grand Cru in the Cote de Beaune, producing arguably the best reds you can find in the region. As the entry way to the Cote de Beaune, the vines on the legendary hill of Corton descend on all sides from the Foret de Corton (owned by Prince Florent de Merode), and represent over 1/3 of the total Grand Cru area in all of Burgundy. With over 160 hectares of Grand Cru land, it’s understandable that Corton is often a model of confusion. Major variations in elevation, exposure and soils mean the wines are even more varied in style and structure than those from other smaller Grand Cru parcels, and as such, there’s no other region that takes the concept of terroir as seriously. The use of lieux-dits is absolutely necessary to distinguish the wines, based on the differences of terroir among the varied bottlings, and the very best reds come from the exposed, warmer slopes located in Aloxe-Corton. Here, the Pinot Noir is planted on the limestone-rich soils, producing wines of incredible concentration, intensity, balance and elegance.
Today’s wine is a treat as one of those bottlings – a world-famous cuvee produced by the Hospices de Beaune (whose holdings represent some of the top parcels in Corton) - is comprised of fruit from very old vines coming from Les Bressandes, Les Greves, Les Fietres and Les Chaumes et la Voierosses. Les Bressandes is one of the most famous and important vineyards in Corton, producing unusually good wine that is remarkably rich yet elegant. Les Greves produces powerful wines with a similar structure to those of Cote de Nuits due to its Southeast exposure and siliceous soils. Les Chaumes et la Voierosses (meaning stony plateau) along with its neighboring Les Fietres (smallest of the parcels on Corton) offer an intensity, elegance and racy minerality along with a radiantly aromatic bouquet dominated by sun-kissed raspberry, cherry and black currant. With the oldest vines dating back to 1940, the complexity, richness and balance brought to this cuvee from these four parcels is unparalleled.
Corton Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste was named for Jean-Louis Peste, a doctor at the Hospices de Beaune for 30 years in the mid-19th century. His daughter Baroness du Bay donated a vast estate to the Hotel-Dieu in his memory, and for one week, we are offering this stunning 2017 bottling for the lowest price in the country. As this is a “future” offering, with the wine resting and developing gracefully in the Hospices caves in Burgundy, this price is only available for one week and the wine will be delivered in the Fall of 2019. We are elated to have the opportunity to be one of the slect few retailers to have purchased a barrel of this renowned cuvee and suggest acting quickly if you’re interested in acquiring this wine.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2019. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY available through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.