The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a composed, citrus peel, granitic bouquet that feels a little "cooler" than others that I have encountered, the altitude and clay soils lending this the reserve to counterbalance the precocity of the growing season. The palate is well balanced with pleasing acidity, tightly-wound with a noticeable marine element that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. It has the weight and intensity you expect from a Corton-Charlemagne and it should repay those who cellar it for 5-7 years. This is a fine effort in such a warm vintage. (NM)
This is perhaps the freshest wine in the range and the least marked by the high ripeness of the vintage with its wonderfully pure nose of citrus elements that combine with floral and green apple scents. There is fine intensity to the muscular, dense and powerful broad-shouldered flavors that even manage to display a certain refinement on the sleek, dry and wonderfully long finish. Good stuff and while I wouldn't describe this as classic in style, it still offers much to like. *Sweet Spot* Drink: 2023+
(almost finished with its malo; the alcohol here is in the high 13s, from a good-sized crop--about 35 hectoliters per hectare for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here--harvested on October 1): Pale, bright yellow. Smells chalky and deep if subdued, offering scents of apple, menthol and spices. Savory, tactile wine with a lovely touch of sweetness and an element of medicinal herbs. Very rich, layered, soil-driven wine with chewy extract and classic dryness. Quite full and ripe but very chalky throughout. A bit aggressive on the end, but then this wine still has some unconverted malic acidity. (ST)
Creamy and generous, sporting lemon cake, floral, apple, nut and vanilla flavors. Fresh and tangy, with a lingering hint of quinine. Drink now through 2022. (BS)
Silky and full-bodied – really glutinous and thick, yet not overtly oaky. The fruit is still very newborn, and will surely become more interesting in years to come. (RH)
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