Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Aloxe-Corton, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Tasting notes: As it almost always does in riper vintages, this dominates the cellar today as it has both the most aromatic complexity and the most size, weight, and sheer depth of material. The reticent earth and game-infused nose offer both red and blue pinot fruit that is in keeping with the reserved, backward, and very serious big-bodied flavors that are very firmly structured and this is a "buy and forget" Corton because it will demand a lot of patience yet the quality is undeniable.
The Domain: In 1857, Jules Senard, great grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of 6 acres, the vineyard has been a “Monopole” (under exclusive control) ever since.
Over the years, the acquisition of prestigious appellations such as Corton Clos Du Roi, Corton Bressandes, and Corton Paulands has increased the prestige and high reputation of the Comte Senard Estate.
The estate offers an incomparable selection of top wine, spread over 22 acres of prime vineyards.
An enthusiastic believer of initial cold-soaking and temperature control during the fermentation process since 1988, Philippe Senard passionately defends these wine-making methods which provide the Corton and Aloxe Corton appellations all the qualities necessary for good aging.
Since the year 2000, Lorraine has followed on from her father. Her first white wine vinification was with the 2002 vintage and the 2005 vintage for the red. Lorraine’s approach is very much inspired by the previous generations’ respect in keeping the Corton spirit alive: deep robe, red fruit aromas, finesse, and power.
Lorraine Senard who is the winemaker since 2005 is today producing stylish, structured reds and white wines which are intensely sought after, handled carefully with restrained oak, aged in incredible cellars that were constructed in the 14th century by Benedictine monks of the famous Abbaye de Sainte Marguerite. The resulting wines display richness, depth and elegance while remaining true to their origins.