*Best of 2016, Cellar Selection* This wine has power along with great fruit and a rich structure. Yellow fruits are laced with a more finessed texture that adds minerality. It is a dense wine, full of fruit, with a measured touch of wood. Age this until 2021. (RV)
The 2014 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine du Pavillon) was not picked until the last moment to obtain the ripeness. It has a well defined bouquet with citrus peel, a touch of brioche and orange blossom, quite precise but it needs bottle age to develop intensity. The palate is fresh on the entry, quite rounded in the mouth, better concentration here than many of its peers with a rounded, lightly honeyed finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a very fine Corton-Charlemagne from Bichot with more potential than many others that I tasted. (NM)
Here there is no reduction present on the restrained nose that only grudgingly offers up notes of green apple, white flowers, lemon rind and wet stone. There is outstanding richness to the full-bodied middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering fine length on the precise and moderately austere finale. This is not especially dense in the context of the appellation and is rather a Corton-Charlemagne of relative refinement that should drink reasonably well after only a few years of bottle age.
Perfumed, elegant, open-knit and broad. Finishes with toffee apple and slaty aroma. Satisfying, statuesque, very lengthy. A completely typical Corton-Charlemagne. 18/20 points (RH)
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