Andrew Guard

2016 Corton Charlemagne, Domaine Rollin

This is a superb example as always, 50% of the blend is from Le Charlemagne in Aloxe-Corton and the remainder is from En Charlemagne in Pernand-Vergelesses; the two parcels total .49 ha - regal and powerful as it should be, this is a spectacular wine. Put it in the cellar fro 10 years to see the real magic.

It is worthwhile making a detour to visit the pretty village of Pernand Vergelesses, with its steep and winding streets. Here the hallmark of the wines is finesse, as much for the reds as for the whites. Indeed Pernand Vergelesses is the only Burgundian commune which has the right to produce both red and white wine at every level, from regional appellation to Grand Cru. It is here that the Rollin family have been making wine for four generations, steadily building up the domaine to its current 12ha which cover five communes and produce 14 different appellations.

The vineyard work here is meticulous and, although not certified organic, the methodology in practice is applied in a manner designed to maximize the expression of terroir by eliminating (or reducing to an absolute minimum) any treatments in the vineyards. All grapes are harvested manually and fermentations proceed with indigenous yeasts. The white wines are pressed very gently and undergo long fermentations in barrel and are aged on the fine lees for twelve to fifteen months - the result: outstandingly complex wines to rival the best wines of Burgundy.