Louis Jadot’s 2017 Corton Charlemagne is a great wine from a benchmark vintage at a superb price.
Corton Charlemagne remains one of the best places to find great value in terms of Grand Cru White Burgundy. While prices for the likes of Batard, Chevalier and Montrachet have rocketed in recent years, there are still bargains from Corton Charlemagne, even in a touchstone vintage like 2017. Louis Jadot’s is a prime example, a wine that matches prestigious producers in score yet is a fraction of the price. We are, therefore, delighted to have some to offer.
2017 was a great White Burgundy vintage, and it’s worth a reminder of just how impressive these 2017 whites are. For William Kelley, “For white wines, 2017 should be taken more seriously: classically balanced and beautifully defined by site, these white Burgundies are less tangy and tensile than the 2014s, but they approach and sometimes surpass that vintage in quality”.
Unsurprisingly the vast majority of Grand Cru 2017 whites sold out on release; they have remained scarce on the market. Parcels are hard to find, so when we found this, we jumped on it immediately as it’s a gem. For William Kelley, this was “excellent” and “well worth seeking out” and he gave it 93-95 points from barrel. James Suckling goes further, giving it 96 points to a wine of “immense power with precision and focus”.
Kelley’s score is interesting; it puts Jadot’s Charlemagne in illustrious (and expensive) company. As the table above shows, this is on par with the 2017s from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey and Henri Boillot for him. At a fraction of the price, it’s a compelling buy.