Chorey Les Beaunes, Edmond Cornu et Fils, 2016
‘Les Bons Ores’ is entirely hand harvested from vines that are in excess of 35 years old. While the harvest is less from older vines the fruit is much more concentrated. The pinot noir is aged 15 - 18 months in oak, which gives this voluptuous, tangy Burgundy a spice box full of aromas, elegantly rounded tannins and a generous dollop of red cherry fruit. This Chorey Les Beaunes red is simply delicious.
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Domaine Edmond Cornu et Fils
The Cornu family established itself in the town of Ladoix in 1870 and founded the domaine shortly thereafter in 1875. Edmond Cornu assumed command of the estate in 1956 and in 1959 began to bottle the fruits of his labor. Up to that time all wines made at the estate had been sold to negociants. As the private clientele increased, Cornu also expanded the domaine. With the ascension of his son, Pierre, to full participation in the domaine, this dynamic family has aggressively pursued additional opportunities to acquire prime vineyard sites.
Currently, the estate comprises 13.5 hectares spread among the communes of Ladoix, Chorey, Aloxe Corton and Savigny.
|Sub-region||Cotes de Beaune|
|Alcohol % by Vol.||13.0%|
|Style||Red - Medium-bodied|
|Grape Type(s)||Pinot Noir|
Many people claim that Burgundy wines are the greatest red wines in the world, while others insist that Bordeaux wines hold that claim. The Burgundy region is a long, narrow wine area in eastern France, southeast of Paris. The French call the region Bourgogne, pronounced. Burgundy is a fragmented region, consisting of four sub regions (Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais).
Because of its unique terroir the Burgundy region excels in both white and red wines. The soils of Burgundy are extremely varied, in their richness, depth, and mineral content. The soils vary not only from one end of the region to the other, but also within a single area — for example, from the top of a hill to the bottom, or from one vineyard plot to the next. Most vineyards have a base soil of limestone overlaid with limestone and marl (a mixture of clay and limestone), sometimes mixed with sand or gravel. Where limestone is dominant, white wines grow; where more marl exists, grapes for red wine grow.
The climate in Burgundy is continental for the most part: fairly warm summers, with the constant threat of hail, and cold winters. The region is northerly enough and cool enough that the grapes just about ripen in most years. Not every year is a good vintage; some years bring too much rain, or are too cool. Fortunately, the grapes grown in Burgundy are suited to cool climates.
Nearly all the red wines of the Burgundy region derive from a single red grape variety, Pinot Noir. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are thought to be native to the Burgundy region. Pinot Noir is notorious for being difficult to cultivate, because it requires very specific soil and climate parameters to produce its best fruit. Burgundy has that climate and soil. The Burgundy region has more success with this grape than any other wine region. Red Burgundy wines are the world’s finest examples of this challenging, but delicious, variety. Chardonnay is the other important variety in the Burgundy region, and the basis for the region’s most important white wines. Although Chardonnay is a nearly universal variety today, it reaches its height in Burgundy, where it makes complex, masterful wines that can age for decades.