Domaine Rapet comprises 20 hectares of vines in the villages of Pernand - Vergelesses, Savigny les Beaune, Aloxe Corton and Beaune. They maintain their vineyards carefully, and keep replacing single vines, in case they have to, hence their Corton-Charlemagne vineyard is planted with vines of varying ages, ranging from more than 50 years to approximately 10 years old. This south-west oriented Grand Cru is planted on sand and lime marl on a very steep slope. The shallow top-layer soil, composed of crumbly rock, is fairly light, poor and very stony - perfect conditions for top quality wines.
Vinification for this wine takes place in French oak barriques, the proportion of new barrels being 30%. The wine is then aged on its lees with and bottled after 12 months of ageing.
The Hill of Corton has a long history, and its wines were already enjoyed by the holy roman emperor Charlemagne. According to legend, the vineyards are dedicated to white grape varieties because the emperor's wife preferred white wines as they did not stain his beard!
'Looks like a bargain for a grand cru 2015! Smells of crème pâtissière. Good freshness and structure on the palate. There is grand cru depth to this and a really appetising savouriness. Still quite chewy on the end. Great Value!' 18pts, Jancis Robinson