Once again reduction and sulfur mask the underlying fruit at present. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated and almost painfully intense flavors brim with both dry extract and evident minerality while delivering huge length on the youthfully austere finish that goes on and on. This muscular effort is terrific but be aware that this is definitely going to need time. *Don't miss!*
Pale, bright yellow. Subtle floral lift to the aromas of lemon, lime, menthol and chalky minerality. Dense, tactile, dry and deep, conveying a solid impression without any heaviness. Citrus peel, lavender and subtle nutmeg flavors show lovely mineral firmness and grip for the year. There's a soil-driven chewiness here that's as much Corton-Charlemagne as the vintage, but no hard edges. Finishes with sneaky rising length, pungent citrus fruits and crushed-rock minerality. Really leaves the taste buds quivering. This surprisingly smooth Corton-Charlemagne is built for a graceful evolution in bottle; I'd lay it down for. I raised my score by a point four days later when the wine was every bit as penetrating, minerally and palate-staining but had been joined by some ripe notes of white stone fruits. (ST)
The 2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from vines located just above Corton with east-facing orientation. It has an attractive, almost Meursault-like bouquet with traces of walnut and hazelnut. The palate is fresh and quite effervescent on the entry, with a fine line of acidity if not quite the persistence of the finest Corton-Charlemagne that I have tasted. Nonetheless, there is plenty of energy locked in here and it should age well. Bouchard Père & Fils is a Burgundy stalwart that has been part of the furniture since 1731. It is easy to presume that such merchants as Jadot, Bouchard and the like have been overtaken by new producers not hidebound by history. On the contrary, these historical merchants have really upped the quality of their wine in recent years. They had to, in order to survive. (NM)
A broad, lush style, this delivers peach, citrus, honey and spice aromas and flavors. All the impact is up front, tailing off a little on the finish. Still, this is a powerful white. (BS)
Sweet spices, tangy acidity, and a wonderful peanut character on the palate. Still quite tightly wound, and certainly built to last long in bottle. Excellent purity of fruit -- this needs time to show its true colours. (RH)
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