2011 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from three kinds of grapes, said Hervet: "yellow like Meursault, classic Puligny-type fruit, and green/yellow grapes with a touch of noble rot, like Montrachet"): Soil-driven aromas of apple, mint, anise and menthol, with complicating notes of fresh herbs and white pepper. Dense, saline and seamless; at once very dry and chewy. Conveys a rare impression of glyceral texture without much alcohol (this was actually 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 12.8%). Wonderfully perfumed on the bracing finish, with is dusty with extract. Not at all a fruity style of white Burgundy. But this should make for an utterly compelling wine.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Here too the wood treatment is quite deft which allows the cool Granny Smith apples, pear, wet stone and spice scents to shine. There is also a seductive mouth feel to the broad-shouldered, supple and round flavors that brim with dry extract before displaying plenty of power and punch on the seriously long finish. This is easily the most backward wine in the range at present yet the impression is unusually fine, both in the context of the appellation but also in the context of this wine in general as it's usually more robust. Be all of that as it may, this is very, very promising.
**Collectibles** Aromas of lemon cake, white flowers and sweet spices lead to lime, apple and hazelnut flavors. Elegant, intense and well-balanced. Almost seamless now, but should improve with age. Best from 2016 through 2026.
Creamy and mealy. Rich, quite oaky, mouthwateringly fresh. Cedar on the palate, very tight, very dry, pretty concentrated. So long. (JH) 17.5/20 points.
At present, this is focused and a bit backwards, but lovely richness. Lots of mid-palate weight, a bit dry on the finish, and terrifically complex. Bravo! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 2/2013)