Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Morey Blanc Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2002

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Aloxe-Corton belongs to a cluster of the most northerly villages in the Cote de Beaune (the others being Pernand and Ladoix), and sits nestled below the southern slopes of Corton hill upon which one will find all the village’s Grand Cru sites. These vineyards benefit from southern exposure and limestone soils.

Though it has the only Grand Cru vineyards for Pinot Noir in the Cote de Beaune, Corton is more famous for its great white wines. Corton also has a long history, dating back to the time of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and has been considered a top site ever since. Admittedly, I generally find the top wines of Volnay and Pommard superior to Grand Cru Corton rouge. That said, given the relative lack of fame the prices can be quite reasonable.

Morey Blanc is Pierre Morey’s negocient arm, and not really known for red wine (per the name). Perhaps that and the less exciting vineyard of Les Renardes is the reason for this wine’s simplicity, particularly given the vintage. A soft nose of cherries, earth and slight balsamic continued onto a palate of equal basic simplicity. This is an enjoyable tasty wine, but is more what you’d expect from a solid village wine versus a grand cru. The body is much lighter than top premier crus. Ultimately, a somewhat disappointing, though enjoyable, wine.

Very Good to Very Good+
~$60 at Garagiste

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