Reduction flattens the nose and renders a proper evaluation impossible. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the very round, even velvety big-bodied flavors that possess a seductive texture before terminating in a powerful and mouth coating finish that is a bit less overtly austere than usual. In fact this is a relatively refined Corton though it is important to underscore that it does not come close to matching the refinement of the Combe d'Orveau.
Blueberry and a hint of stewed raspberry on the nose. Fat, full, sweet and powerful but a bit warm, with its substantial baby fat currently blocking the wine's expression of terroir. The raspberry and underbrush flavors are a bit roasted and undifferentiated. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins. This is 13.5% alcohol with a reasonable pH of 3.35, according to Clavelier, but still strikes me as a bit extreme, with less tension than the other 2012s I tasted at this address. (ST) 90+
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