The “Le Corton” 2012 from Bouchard is one of the most impressive reds I have tasted from this producer. In the nose lovely red berry fruit – raspberries -red currant – supported by a earthy minerality and a healthy dose of new oak. The crisp acidity infuses freshness in the nose and creates a lovely vibrant play with the fruit. On the palate a vibrant punch of minerality and red fruit … lovely nerve in the playful acidity. It has very fine midpalate weight and is very crisp and lightfooted due to the delightful acidity. The finish is long and vibrant … a classic Corton in the making. Really enjoyed this Corton.
The 2007 Corton Bressandes from Domaine Poisot is a quite impressive and charming effort for the vintage. The nose is bursting with red and dark cherries, very forward, delicate and precise. On the palate very good grip and focus for the vintage … lovely delicate fruit .. good midpalate weight. A classic, very forward and expressive Corton Bressandes. Really like the nerve and energy in the fruit. The transparancy and balance is quite impressive … need some years more to unfold completely … well done!
The Corton-Bressandes 2011 from Remi Poisot is showing fine promise. In the bouquet spicy red berry fruit – intense and rich – but somewhat closed when tasted just prior to bottling. The palate offer rich and weighty flavors – with a nice complexity and length. The fruit is ripe and lush with a matching backbone of finely grained tannins and minerality. A muscular but quite charming wine … very typical for the terroir.
The Corton-Bressandes is showing quite a lot of reduction currently – but still the charming and extrovert 2012 fruit manage to show some nuances. On the palate pure and lovely red berry fruit – juicy and with a fine nerve and energy. It’s very charming for the appelation, long, rich, quite intense and very well balanced. A lovely Corton-Beessandes in the making.
The Corton Rognets is the only Grand Cru in the Clavelier range. In the bouquet it offers dark and intense quite earthy pinot aromas – notes of blue berries, raspberries with some floral notes. On the palate quite muscular with dark and quite weighty fruit – the tannins are finely grained and quite powerful. A pure, powerful and harmonious Corton – but I nevertheless tend to prefer some of the beautiful 1er cru’s from Clavelier.
The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries, cherries, pomegranate and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine concentration of cool ripe quite opulent fruit. It’s rich and charming on the midplate with a lovely balance. A very impressive and complex Corton … lovely pinot juice.
The Corton-Bressandes 2009 from Domaine Poisot is a true Corton – powerful and serious – but not without charm. The bouquet offer quite complex red berry notes – cherries and forest berries. The fruit is quite expressive sweet and pure. On the palate fine concentration and weight, but with a slightly more serious character …. the fruit is quite tight and pure and the tannins are quite powerful in the finish. Really like the fruit in this wine, however it will need quite some time to resolve the tannins in the finish – so have patience – as always with Corton. What can I say – A classic expression of the Corton terroir with a very good aging potential – a fine first vintage from Remi Poisot.
It’s rare to see new producers or owners on the big grand crus in Vosne Romanee, but during my work on the articles about Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard I discovered a new and for me unknown producer on this fine vineyard – Domaine Poisot.
The story is however much more complex, as the history of the Poisot holdings on Romanee-Saint-Vivant dates back to 1902. For decades they have however only been bottling very small quantities of RSV under the Poisot label – and sold the main part of the production off to negociants – so while it’s an old ownership it’s really a new producer of Romanee-Saint-Vivant.
The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine midpalate concentration of cool ripe fruit. It’s rich, powerful but also very refined for a young Corton. The oak is supporting the wine beautifully in the long and intense finish. A very impressive and complex Corton … one of the most promising young Cortons I have tasted – great effort by David Croix.
The Corton Rognets 2011 is a typical Corton – and very much different from the rest of the Dupont-Tisserandot lineup. In the bouquet deep darker fruit, quite a strong impression of oak and vanilla from the oak. On the palate quite big-bodied and rich with a good fruit concentration and depth on the mid-palate. It’s quite refined and long. A fine Corton.
The Corton Renardes 1969 from Morey-Pacault Fils is a typical old style Corton. In the bouquet fine red fruit – cherries, cherry stones – with a slight chemical hint of non sweet amarena cherries. On the palate pure and precise red fruit, quite juicy but slightly austere. The acidity is quite crisp and is supporting the fruit beautifully. It’s however lacking some mid-palate fruit and this is adding to the slightly aloof and slightly austere style. The combination of Corton and the 1969 vintage is not the born charmeur, but this is actually a very good old Corton – impressive.
The 1990 Corton Bressandes from Tollot-Beaut is a lovely wine. In the bouquet red fruits, tar, forest floor, orange peel and coffee … lovely complexity. On the palate still quite tightly knit with layers of fine red fruits on the midpalate – raspberries + red and dark cherries. Slightly rustic but nuanced with a very fine harmony. At age 22 still not fully mature – a lovely Corton.
The 1990 Le Corton from Bouchard is a quite impressive wine. In the bouquet red fruits, some floral notes, forest floor and a hint of truffle … good complexity. On the palate fine red and dark fruit and good concentration. It has a good balance and length. Still some dry tannins from the oak, and lacks a little nerve in the fruit. A Very Good Corton … will keep – but drinking well now.
The Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne 2006 showing quite well. In the bouquet yellow fruits – melon, apple and gooseberries with a hint of anise and oak. It’s quite refined and discrete. On the palate fine and well structured with good acidity and minerality. The wine is quite openly knit for a Corton Charlemagne, with strong notes of apple in the midpalate. The fruit is quite rich, with a quite long almost creamy finish. A fine wine … but also surprisingly developed and accessible … in my view not a wine for long term cellaring.
The Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne 2000 is a lovely wine. I have enjoyed this wine several times during the last three years, and it continues to provide pleasure. This bottle was slightly more developed, but still fresh and nervy. In the bouquet stunning purity, aromas of apple, hay and white flowers. On the palate fine, quite rich fruit, charming, but with a very good structure of minerality and acidity. Simply a pleasure – will keep but lovely now.
First vintage of Corton from Domaine de la Romanee Conti. The Corton is the odd one out in the DRC lineup, and it doesn’t really benefit from being served alongside it’s brothers and sisters from Vosne Romanee. In the bouquet darker fruit aromas – raspberries, plum, black cherries, cassis and liquorice. On the palate tightly knit fruit aromas, quite muscular and sturdy build. It’s a classic Corton, and a bigger more dense wine than the 1. cru Vosne and the Echezeaux. The Corton is however lacking some of the complexity and finesse found in all the other DRC wines. Nevertheless a fine to very fine classic Corton, sadly I don’t really find red Corton very appealing – sorry!