Maison En Belle Lies, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2017
Rich, Fleshy, Elegant
Maison En Belle Lies
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru AOC, Burgundy
Pierre produces just two barrels from gnarled 85yo vines giving a tiny yield, from the fine lieu-dit of Le Charlemagne, the true heartland of this legendary appellation. The fermentation ticks along slowly in two fûts from 2010 and 2014 and a 18-months élevage follows. No Sulphur added at any point. This is classy white Burgundy and just one of the finest you will come across.
Notes on the producer
Having spent many years living in the polluted air of big cities, going back to nature and connecting with it was a big draw for Pierre, and working biodynamically was imperative. He became fascinated by the subject (many years before his career as a vigneron) after picking up Rudolf Steiner’s book The Agricultural Course at a Parisian flea market. From then on he attended courses on biodynamics while applying its principles to the family farm (in the Cantal region) as a hobby. Nowadays he tends 7ha, half of which he owns while the other half is rented, spread over ten appellations across the Côte de Beaune. Many of the herbs and plants used in the preparations are harvested in the vicinity of the vineyards, while some others such as arnica, wormwood and yarrow are picked and dried in the Alps where Pierre has a cabin. Weather permitting, the vineyard and cellar work is paced by lunar cycles – the reds, for instance, are harvested when the moon is rising and the macerationlasts a full lunar cycle of 29-30 days.