Investment Tips - Burgundy - 17. March 2021

Invest 2013 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne: This Is Top-Shelf White Wine

This is not about WHAT can be obtained, but IF it can be obtained, and now you get the opportunity to offer the wine lovers of the future the top of white burgundy

Investing in the top of white Burgundy is becoming more and more interesting. The quality is high, the quantities are extremely limited, and the interest is increasing. Now you have the opportunity to shop from the absolute top-shelf in Meursault and enjoy a world-class white wine investment:

  • Domaine Coche-Dury is one of the absolute best and most prestigious white wine producers
  • Corton-Charlemagne is the domain's crown jewel - now you can invest in a rare offering of just 10 bottles
  • Vintage 2013: Hyper-limited production that was further limited by hail
  • Towering quality - 97 points from the Burgundy specialist Burghound
  • 80-20 ratio between the quantities of the best red and white Burgundy wines

Read more about Domaine Coche-Dury's Corton-Charlemagne in the entire investment tip below and see the price and order the wines at the bottom of the page.

The King Of White Burgundy?

Domaine Coche-Dury was founded in the 1920s by Léon Coche, but was first named Coche-Dury when Jean-Francois Coche got the surname Dury through marriage in the 1970s. Despite a 100-year history, it was not until the 1970s, under Jean-Francois, that the foundation of the Coche-Dury we know today was built. In other words, Jean-Francois Coche-Dury is the man who put Domaine Coche-Dury on the wine world map and has made the domain world famous for producing some of the world's most coveted white wines. A witness to this can be found in the fact that Coche-Dury, both at the bottom and the top of its range, resp. with its Burgundy Blanc and to Corton-Charlemagne grand cru, produces the absolute most expensive within each category, and dares by anyone to be called the king of white Burgundy.

The son Raphaël Coche is today in charge of the domain and the domain's heritage and tradition is thus secured. And even though Jean-Francois will one day retire completely, he reportedly still has his daily walk in both the winery and vineyards to this day.

King or not, Domaine Coche-Dury belongs today in the absolute Champion’s League for white Burgundy, together with for example Domaine Leroy and Domaine Leflaive.

Invest in 2013 Corton-Charlemagne 2013 Corton-Charlemagne available for investment

Corton-Charlemagne - Domaine Coche-Dury's Masterpiece

Corton-Charlemagne is one of the great grand cru appellations in Burgundy and measures a total of 57.7 ha. Here Coche-Dury rules today with just 0.88 ha, which in combination with the domain's unique ability to get the best out of the vineyard, has made their Corton-Charlemagne not just the most expensive and recognized Corton-Charlemagne, but also one of the most expensive and exclusive white wines in the world.

But Coche-Dury is not alone in creating hype and awareness around the Corton-Charlemagne brand. Domaine Leroy is also helping to spread the word with their beautiful Corton-Charlemagne. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is also represented on the vineyard today as a result of a leasing agreement with Domaine Bonneau du Martray, which started in 2018 and with the first harvest in 2019. In other words, there is a common front from some of the wine world's greatest names in making white wine from Corton-Charlemagne even more famous, infamous and expensive.

Despite these neighbors, Domaine Coche-Dury is, in this context, the most interesting producer. Towering quality has made these wines highly coveted, but a hyper-limited production makes them extremely limited at the same time. Because even though Coche-Dury today owns 0.88 ha, which gives only a few thousand bottles, the domain in 2013 only had 0.33 ha. On top of this, the harvest this year was reduced by approx. 30% due to hail. This has in all probability made this the smallest vintage of Corton-Charlemagne from Coche-Dury in recent times.

Moreover Coche-Dury's Corton-Charlemagne tops’s list as the absolute best in their comparison here.

This is in every way a white gem that is rarely offered for sale on the open market in quantities.

Vintage 2013: Hard Work Yielded Great Wine

The 2013 vintage was a vintage that gave the winegrowers of Burgundy gray hair. They started with frost which limited the amounts of grapes. During the season, hail fell which destroyed grapes and leaves and created a lot of moisture in the vineyards, which put the producers on overtime fighting mildew. The producers who worked hard in the vineyard were eventually rewarded with excellent grapes, but in a much smaller volume than usual. At Coche-Dury they had to leave the tractor in the barn and carry the sprayers manually. Hard work that ultimately paid off with great reviews from critics.

A methodical comparison of scores across critics is difficult here, as many vintages have no review from the various critics - something that with a wine of this class only emphasizes how limited the availability of the wine is.

Wine Advocate was not particularly enthusiastic and has given the wine 94 points - the lowest score in 10 years. But Burghound, the strictest and most specialized Burgundy critic, has given it a full 97 points and describes it as: "A 'wow' wine if there ever was one".

There are many indications that Domaine Leroy has not made a 2013 Corton-Charlemagne*, while Bonneau du Martray (on the parcels that were rented out to the DRC from 2018) on average, across Wine Advocate, Vinous and Burghound, has received 92 points for their version. This merely establishes the authority of Coche-Dury on Corton-Charlemagne.

*no large databases mention it, but two minor French critics pretend to have tasted it

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Will White Become The New Black?

Investing in white grand cru is a very interesting opportunity if one looks at the fundamental properties behind these. In Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, which is de facto home to the best Burgundy wines, around two million bottles of grand cru are produced annually, of which only around 400,000 are white wines. At the same time, interest in the best white wines is increasing, where both western taste and trend, but also the properties of the good white wines for Asian cuisine come into play.

Investing in the best white wine is thus an investment in a very small niche production, which audience is only increasing - and if we look directly towards Coche-Dury's Corton-Charlemagne, as one of the ultimate wines in this category, the quantities are vanishingly small.

If the trends continue as expected, and demand continues to exceed the very small amounts of white grand cru, this will be a category that will be particularly exciting to follow in the future.

RareWine Invest’s Opinion

Domaine Coche-Dury is behind some of the most prestigious white wines in the world, and if you believe in the future of the best, rarest and most coveted, Domaine Coche-Dury and in particular the house's Corton-Charlemagne is the perfect choice.

With the extremely limited production of Coche-Dury's Corton-Charlemagne, these bottles are inherently extremely difficult to obtain and are rarely offered in bulk on the open market.

With Corton-Charlemagne from Coche-Dury, it's not so much about WHAT can be obtained, but IF something can be obtained - but you have the opportunity now.

Invest in 2013 Corton-Charlemagne from Coche-Dury

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2013Corton-Charlemagne750Loose10€ 2.900
*All prices are in EUR ex. customs duty, tax and VAT for delivery to a bonded warehouse. Prices including customs duty, tax and VAT can be sent on request. The wines are only sold in whole cases unless otherwise specified and the price is per bottle. Minimum order size € 2,500. Assumes a total minimum investment of € 10,000. Prices may have changed since release of this article.

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