A complex nose of earth, leather, game and very ripe, in fact hints of over ripe pinot fruit leading to still firmly structured flavors are underpinned by curiously dusty, chalky tannins with outstanding length. In many '90s, the fruit will never outlast the structure but here the tannins are integrated with the sappy and mouth coating flavors and finish. The only nit is that the wood is not subtle and while not dominant, if it hasn't melted into the essence of the wine by now, it probably will always display a trace of it. Still, this is a most impressive effort in every respect and certainly built for the long haul as this is no where near its apogee in this format.
Tightly knit, with loads of fruit and tannins, showing an impressive amount of black cherry and earth flavors and a round mouth-feel.
The 1990 Le Corton is an outstanding wine that needs 4-5 years of cellaring. Deeply colored, the nose offers up spicy, rich aromas of cassis, minerals, and dusty, earthy notes. Powerful and tannic, with superb richness and an expansive, sweet mid-palate, this long, structured, vin de garde should be at its best between 1998-2012. (RMP)
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