The Prieur 2006 Corton Bressandes – while picked first – hit the highest level of natural alcohol at this address for the vintage, nearly 13.5%. Blackberry, lingonberry, mint, iodine, black tea, and hints of Demararra brown sugar combine for a winsome nose. Superb concentration of bitter-sweet fruits, herbs, pepper, and mineral shadings inform an expansive vividly juicy and primary-fruited, yet also palpably dense and firm palate. The staining and invigorating intensity of finish here by no means precluded lift and sheer refreshment. Plan on giving it a few years before revisiting this beauty; then on following it at least through the teens of this century. (DS)
Good full medium red. Ripe but closed nose hints at a medicinal austerity. Minerally and tight in the mouth, dominated by its tannic structure. Perhaps best today on the finish, which features very firm but ripe tannins and a burst of cherry. Enologist Gublin says the tannins of the '07s will gain in sweetness during the final months of elevage, but today I prefer this 2006. 91(+?) points.
Sweet cherry, red currant and mineral flavors take on some spicy oak nuances as this red builds on the palate to a long finish. The tannins are present, but not overbearing. Fine length. Best from 2012 through 2024. (Web-2009)
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