I loved the 2012 Corton Clos des Corton, and this elegant, seamless beauty was brought up in 50% new barrels (but you’d certainly not know that from tasting it). Sweet red (and some black) fruits, forest floor, ample spice, and dried flower notes all flow to a medium-bodied, balanced, layered wine that shines for its balance and length.
The 2012 Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley is deep and tightly coiled, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, grilled squab and coniferous forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, vibrant and concentrated, it's layered and incisive, with refined tannins, tangy acids and a long, mineral finish. This is one of the finest vintages of the decade for this bottling, and it is still a good handful of years away from maturity. (WK)
Initially there is noticeable reduction but I found with relatively aggressive swirling that it largely dissipated to reveal notes of both red and dark currant, pungent earth and plenty of that gamy sauvage character. There is exceptionally good richness and volume to the big-bodied and impressively concentrated flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that does a reasonably good job of buffering the firmly tannic but not hard or even unduly austere finish. Even so, this is still at least 5 years away from being approachable and will need 15 plus to become adequately civilized.
Medium red. Musky, expressive, very ripe perfume of redcurrant and dried flowers; a real essence of Burgundy, if more floral than stony on the nose in the early going. Classically dry and unforthcoming but quite suave, with technically low yet somehow penetrating acidity and salty crushed-rock minerality framing the flavors of cherry, raspberry and rose petal. Showing limited flesh today but this very dense wine is still an infant. This very firmly built, imploded wine finishes with strong, slightly dusty tannins and terrific subtle length. The Clos des Cortons produced 37 hectoliters per hectare in 2012, which Jérôme Flous described as "a nice crop for the vintage." (13.7% alcohol; 3.55 pH; 3.35 g/l acidity; 37 h/h) Drink through 2042. (ST) 93+
Plenty of resinous oak coats this red, leaving a veneer on the cherry and berry flavors. Compact, with a layer of dusty tannins on the finish. With air, the oak subsides, revealing pretty cherry, floral and spice notes, making this more elegant. (BS)
Velvety, supple tannins with a richness and density of flavours that is unusual for this. Drinking Window 2019 - 2025. (JCL)
Mid cherry red. Cedary red fruit. Remarkably soft and forthcoming on the front of the palate though the tannins are dry and quite present at the back. On the austere side but long and in balance. 17/20 points. (JH)
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