A brooding but impressively complex nose features notes of red currant, plum, earth and plenty of that Corton sauvage character. The textured, intense and broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration with fully mature structural elements. There is ample buffering sap, which is important as one would reasonably expect, this is a big and sleekly muscled wine with an explosively long, linear and overtly austere finish. The potential here is mostly impressive though note that plenty of patience is requisite.
(aging in two-thirds new oak): Dark red. Black fruits, flowers, minerals and licorice on the vibrant nose, plus a whiff of truffle; I would have picked this blind as a Cote de Nuits wine. Dense, sappy and sweet but with a light touch and excellent definition thanks to its firm underlying minerality. At once delicate and strong, finishing spicy and long, with a flavor of crunchy berries. Not an earthy style of Corton.
Bouchard’s Côte de Beaune reds have a delicate beauty in 2010, this Corton capturing a fragrance of sunny fraises des bois, a savory essence of the soil and an herbal note that brings hibiscus to mind. It’s a contrast of brightness and complexity, wrapped together in the silk of the tannins. Catch it as a young wine for its grand cru grace or age it for ten years for a more ethereal pleasure.
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