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2005 Domaine Bertagna Corton les Grandes Lolieres

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


95Wine Spectator

A powerful red, with floral, kirsch and raspberry flavors. Supple and concentrated, with dense tannins and bright acidity. Seems raw right now, but has the wild character and intense fruit of the appellation. Excellent length.

...round, powerful and somber full-bodied flavors that possess real drive and finishing muscle yet it remains a balanced and harmonious effort as the tannic spine is well-integrated.

88-90The Wine Advocate

...offers spiced sweet cherry and plum aromas with a hint of chalk dust.

88-91Vinous / IWC

Blackberry, minerals, spices and licorice on the nose. Broad, rich and dry, with somewhat clenched, inky flavors of licorice and chocolate. Finishes with substantial tongue-coating tannins.


Domaine Bertagna

Domaine Bertagna is a 52-acre estate in the Cotes de Nuits. It was established in the 1950s by Claude Bertagna but since 1982 it has been owned by the Gunther Reh family, a German family of wine entrepreneurs and estate owners. Today the estate produces wine from 18 appellations, including five Grand Crus. The domain itself is in Vougeot. It has Grand Cru parcels in Clos Saint-Denis, Clos de Vougeot, Corton-Charlemagne, Corton Les Grandes Lolieres, and Chambertin. There are also numerous Premier Crus, including the monopole Clos de la Perriere in Vougeot.


France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Le Corton

Corton is a Grand Cru vineyard for red wine within the Corton appellation. It is a long, slender, stony limestone site that wraps part way around the top slopes of Montagne de Corton, a hill that reaches to 1,150 feet. The 234-acre vineyard primarily faces south, west and east, and is sheltered by a windbreak of trees while also receiving excellent exposure to sun. Corton is the Cote de Beaune’s only red Grand Cru. The largest producers are Louis Latour, with 37.5 acres; Hospices de Beaune, with 16 acres; and D'Ardhuy, with 11.85 acres. The names of smaller vineyards within Corton are frequently added to the names of Corton wines, resulting in names such as Corton Les Renardes, Corton Les Chaumes, Corton les Perrieres, etc.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.