Charlemagne Grand Cru


To obtain the favours of the Church, Charlemagne donated his vineyard in Corton to the Collegiate of Saint-Andoche at Saulieu. Justly so, as the land had in fact been despoiled by his grandfather Charles Martel! The Clos Charlemagne, as it was formerly known, remained in the hands of the Collegiate until the French Revolution, when in 1791-92 national property was sold off.
As Claude Chapuis puts it, Charlemagne became “the most popular historical figure in Corton”, and his emblem, a two-headed eagle, is included on the shields of the villages of Aloxe and Pernand.
Charlemagne was sometimes known as the Emperor with the Flowery Beard. As legend has it, this nickname arose because he often drank his red wine with such enthusiasm that it spilled from the cup and coloured his long beard, until finally his wife nagged him into planting this vineyard with white grapes. To this day, Corton-Charlemagne remains white.

Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, SD, VA or WV.

Tasting Notes

Golden in color.


Notes of white fruits such as pear with slight Fuji apple over tones.


Opens with citrus fruits followed by vanilla, woody and fruity flavours bringing richness.

Vintage Notes: 

The destiny of this vineyard, a gift from the emperor Charlemagne to the Canons of the Collegiate of Saint-Andoche at Saulieu, in 775, was truly exceptional in that it remained in the hands of this religious community for over 1000 years. Chardonnay reigns supreme. On its journey across the palate it is elevated and accomplished, with body and bouquet melting together superbly. Smooth and dry, firm yet gentle, deep and structured, this is a wine of undeniable character and grace.

Tech Notes
  • Harvest date: August 31st & September 8th, 2017
  • Ageing: 
    • 18 months in barrels
    • 1 month in tank
    • 44% new barrels
  • Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
  • Toasting: Medium heat
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Almond Crusted Chicken with Arugula
Cheese & Nuts:
Light Cheddar