The vines are located in three, ideally exposed south/southeast facing parcels on the coutour of the Corton-Charlemagne vineyard in the communes of Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny. The vines average 55 years of age. The soil is a classic mix of clay and limestone. The Corton-Charlemagne grapes are harvested by hand and sorted in the vineyard. They are lightly pressed in a pneumatic press at a low pressure to attain a slow and soft extraction. After a gentle racking of the must, the wine is put in 228 litre French oak casks (1/3 each new, one year and two years) for both of the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. It is then aged on its lees in casks for 18 months with minimal bâtonnage, in keeping with the Clerc style. A month before the bottling, the barrels are assembled into a stainless steel tank. The wine is fined and lightly filtered before bottling, according to the lunar calendar (“root” day for the wines for aging).
About the Producer
Originally located on the main square in Puligny-Montrachet, the Clerc estate dates back to the 16th century. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bernard Clerc placed Vincent Girardin in charge of his vineyards and winemaking. He was eventually replaced by the talented Eric Germain. The domaine's 11 hectares of vineyards are centered around Puligny-Montrachet and include three Grands Crus.
Farming practices: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The vines are trained high to enhance photosynthesis.
Eric Germain, winemaker