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Bunches of ripe grapes. Vine leaf. Pinot noir. Corton Grand Cru. Aloxe Corton, Cote de Beaune, d'Or, Burgundy, France


Corton and Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru vineyard, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Corton is a ‘grand cru’ vineyard in the commune (or village) of Aloxe-Corton a short drive north of Beaune in Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. The appellation controlee Corton includes both red and white wines but the vast majority is red. White Corton is really more of a rarity. It accounts for barely 5% of total production.

The total vineyard are is just under 100 hectares (94.78 ha according to one source). Most of it is planted with pinot noir. The whites are made from chardonnay grapes. The size is thus comparable with a big chateau in the Bordeaux region. The difference is that a chateau in Bordeaux has one owner, whereas a “vineyard” in Burgundy is divided into numerous individual plots where each owner might have a single hectare or even less.

All the vineyards are located on the slope just above the village of Aloxe Corton. On the top of the hill there is a small forest, almost like a cap, but the rest of the area is planted with vines. This is one of the most expensive vineyard land that you can find. Expect to pay 1 or 2 million euros per hectare if you want to buy. (There are occasionally very small plots for sale.) Corton is not the only Grand Cru in Aloxe. There is also Corton-Charlemagne and Charlemagne.

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