2011 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Creamy and mealy. Rich, quite oaky, mouthwateringly fresh. Cedar on the palate, very tight, very dry, pretty concentrated. So long. 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 terrificly complex. Bravo! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)