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The best winemakers are often extraordinarily humble; they have a wonderful way of playing down their skills as winemakers, but are always incredibly respectful of their vineyard holdings. Location and site is the key to making great wine, and this philosophy is brilliantly highlighted at the beautiful rather and son domaine of J-P Chartron. Father Jean-Pierre was vineyard manager for Bouchard Ainé with the responsibility for their 30 hectares in the appellation of Mercurey. As a result, nobody understands the appellation and soil types better, surely than Jean-Pierre. Over the years he has selected his favourite vineyard parcels showcasing the different styles within the village to build up the family domaine. This is a stunning address and highlights both the quality and potential for the wines from the area.
As legend goes, Charlemagne, king of the Franks, ordered Chardonnay planted in the vineyard of Corton during his reign in the 8th century so as he would not stain his light-coloured beard during moments of great thirst. This may be mere romantic fallacy, but what cannot be denied is the exceptional quality of this Grand Cru appellation in Aloxe Corton in the Cote de Beaune.