The Prieur 2005 Corton Bressandes exudes intensely ripe blackberry and cassis just like its Clos des Santenots stablemate, but offers additional suggestions of mineral as well as distinctively animal notes. Admirably bright and sweet, it truly stains the palate. Even with the influx in its finish of meat and stony mineral underpinnings, this remains a very flashy, irrepressibly sweetly-fruited style of Corton, with new wood playing a supporting but not obtrusive role. Prieur (and Rodet) oenologist Nadine Gublin vinified two lots of Clos Vougeot – one de-stemmed and one whole cluster (a method she thinks is particularly suited to the relatively clay-rich terroir of the Clos) – before blending them back again to enhance complexity.
Deep red-ruby. Expressive aromas of blueberry, black cherry and smoke. Spicy and stylish in the mouth, with lovely mineral lift. This is much more accessible than the Santenots, but then this wine finished its malolactic fermentation earlier and got an earlier bottling, in March of 2007. Vibrant and precise, and less thick and tannic than a lot of 2005s. Very expressive, sexy wine, finishing with sweet tannins and excellent breadth. Today this is much fruitier than the young 2006.
Here the nose is an odd combination of moderate reduction yet the underlying fruit is really quite fresh. However the medium full flavors are vibrant, pure and elegant with a gorgeous mouth feel to the beautifully balanced finish. As one would expect from a young Corton, the overall impression is reserved but not taciturn with ample minerality and firm well-integrated structure.
A block of concentrated black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors, firm tannins and lively acidity. There's a wild fruit quality to this, and it builds nicely to the long palate-staining finish, where the oak spice comes forth.. This will give a lot of pleasure in the future. Best from 2016 through 2040.
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