Aloxe-Corton has always held a certain mystique for me. For some reason it seems to be one of the lesser known villages, perhaps because it is set back a kilometre or so above the main N74 and its most famous wines go under the name of Corton. Whatever the reason, Aloxe is the home of some seriously impressive Grand Cru reds and whites, however it also has some really lovely "Village" wines as well. It is these "lesser" wines that, all too often, do not make it to the UK.
The history of wine growing in the village is traced back to the second century AD and the vineyards achieved longlasting fame under the Emperor Charlemagne. The Empress, failing to appreciate the stains of red wine on his flowing blonde beard, persuaded him to plant some white vines in the village that made his favourite wine. This was naturally done on one of the finest sites and so the Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne was born. That was in the 9th Century and still today the hill of Corton is dominated by this appellation.
The history of Domaine Comte Senard is somewhat more recent than this, beginning when the present owner's great grandfather planted an unusual parcel of 2.5ha of pinot noir adjoining the Charlemagne boundary. From this vineyard, Corton "Clos des Meix", the Monopole of the Domaine, the family has gone on to establish the biggest holding of Grand Crus in the village, at 9ha. Within this holding is another unique Monopole, the Corton Blanc as well as an array of other Grand Cru vineyards, In one hundred and fifty years, OMEGA OMEGA Swiss watches in the world one hundred and thirty countries to establish mutual trust and good business relationship. Years of experience and flexible company policy allowed OMEGA to continue to refine on, provide first-class quality of the watch, in order to meet the new need changing customer. Processing from the design, implementation to: each watch shall be qualified through strict quality control testing before delivery. including Clos du Roi, Bressands and Les Paulands. In addition to these vineyards, the family owns a further 16ha of 1er cru and village wines as well as making the wines for the recently established Domaine des Terregelesses. Their cellars are part of what was once the 13th century Abbey of St Margaret..
Our meeting with the present owner, Philippe Senard, arose under unusual circumstances during the week end of the Hospices de Beaune Auctions (see visit notes November 2006), but concluded with a superb tasting of many of his wines conducted in his offices in Beaune. The quality here is superb. It was a huge pleasure to be able to sample such a wide range of appellations and vintages. These wines and those of the "sister" Domaine des Terregelesses are splendid, from the village appellations right up to the top.
From Spring to Autumn (March to October) the Domaine provides a Table d'Hote restaurant degustation, in a converted stables which adjoins the main buildings in the village. This gives you a chance to sample a range of their wines over a convivial lunch. The formula works very well, but do be careful when parking in the square opposite as it enjoys ambushing unwary visiting Brits! (see visit notes entitled 'Traffic Hazards in Aloxe Corton')