Red wines from Corton are the only grand crus in the Cote de Beaune.
Viewed by many as one of the top Cortons, Corton Bressandes rivals Clos du Roi for the best grand cru red wine in the region.
Nature smiled generously on us for the 2022 vintage, producing wines of quality and abundance. Yields were ample for both reds and whites, as we enjoyed seeing full vats and tanks of both Pinot and Chardonnay. Frost events occurred in April but we avoided any damage of consequence. A later-than-usual bud burst helped with that pressure, due in part to new pruning techniques which delay tripening. Summer-like weather in April and early May saw the vines racing ahead and our vineyard team worked hard to keep up. Flowering was the end of May under largely excellent conditions. 100 mm of rain the last half of June provided significant reserves for the vines to survive that heat and dry conditions of the following six weeks, which saw only about 25 mm of rain and peak temperatures routinely between 30 and 35 degrees C. We began picking on 25 August and finished on the 31st of the month. Sugars were remarkably homogenous with hardly any variation around 12.5 %. pH’s were practically textbook with a tight range among the cuvées. Fermentation was long and steady for the reds with most being devatted at close to 21 days. Malos for the whites progressed orderly from primary fermentation but reds were rather variable with some not finishing before summer. In the end, the vintage produced wines of exceptional balance and a depth of fruit of remarkable purity. One can’t help but think of the 1999 vintage for a comparison, which was equally generous in quantity and quality, although the quality of the whites may more closely resemble those of 2002.
Our 0.20 hectares of 45 year old vines are located on a combination of clay and limestone soil, with good draininage and excellent exposure.
This produces a ruly elegant Corton that combines grace and power.
Corton-Bressandes should be served between 15 - 16 C/59- 61 F.
A big wine that can stand up to strong flavored meats, Les Bressandes also has the delicacy to be appreciated with more lightly-seasoned preparations, such as roast chicken and poached salmon, grilled vegetables, sauces with chanterelles or cepes, and cheeses including Morbier, Bucheron, Cantal, and St. Marcellin.