I'm amazed! This is extremely fresh with orange zest and smoky notes, as well as intense cherry aromas. With its stunning concentration and vitality, this could wake the dead! A great and dynamic expression of this unique terroir that could be drunk now, but it also has a huge future ahead of it.
This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturité on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully intense finale that both coats the palate and lasts for minutes. I take considerable pains to point out however that this ultra-structured and overtly austere effort is not only built for the long haul but for the very long haul. I have suggested an initial drinking window of 25 years from now but it may very well be 30 to 40. In sum, this is very old school Corton.
Full medium red. Deep, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, redcurrant, coffee and underbrush; not quite as black as it was from barrel in late 2016 but still conveys a brooding menthol quality. Enters the mouth plush and utterly seamless, but terrific soil-driven saline minerality gives definition to the middle palate. A bit reticent today but the slowly mounting, extremely long finish saturates everything in its path. The tannins are huge but plush, saturating the front teeth and incisors. I recall technical director Jérôme Flous telling me last year that this wine has an IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) of 90, compared to a normal 50. This outsized grand cru shows the sweetness of the vintage's best examples and appears to possess the stuffing and structure to go on in bottle for 25 years; in fact, it shut down rather dramatically with time in the recorked bottle. 95+ points. (ST)
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