The quality of this wine has skyrocketed over the past few vintages; while it was always very good, it has now become one of the most consistent performers in the Faiveley portfolio. There is quite a bit of wood influence at present and it fights a bit with the spicy dark berry fruit aromas that exhibit plenty of earth and game character. The impressively scaled and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors possess an opulent yet entirely serious mouth feel before culminating in a balanced, explosively and tremendously persistent finish. This is a bit woody today yet the underlying material is such that it seems all but evident that it will successfully integrate the oak in time. *Don't miss!*
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+
The 2012 Corton Clos des Cortons from Faiveley has a very elegant and pure bouquet that expresses more essence of pinoté than others. There is a candied quality to the aromatics, perhaps even a playfulness. The palate is well balanced and supple in the mouth. (NM)
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)
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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