The legend goes that all the hillside in Corton was once planted with red grapes. This plot belonged to the Emperor Charlemagne who delighted in the produce of his vines. Unfortunately, the wine would run down his long beard, leaving bright red stains. His wife, wanting to uphold royal dignity, complained to her husband about his love of wine. To keep the peace in his household, Charlemagne had his vines ripped out and had white grapes replanted. In future, he could satisfy his love of Corton, without spoiling his snowy-white beard and without suffering his wife’s reproaches.
Total Surface Area: 71ha
Exposition: South, South-West
Soil: Grey Marls
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 0ha 61a – (1.52 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1961, 1988
Average annual production: 3,200 bottles
The hand picked harvest is transported with care to the cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wine is then vinified and matured in oak barrels for 14-16 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The proportion of new oak, which is susceptible to variations according to the vintage, represents on average two thirds of the cuvée. The barrels, which come from high-quality barrel makers, have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.