2016 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Corton-Rognet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1343973 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A much defter application of wood is present here too but in this case the aromas of plum, black cherry, earth and a whiff of the sauvage have no trouble being appreciated. I very much like the sleek, even polished mouthfeel of the bigger, richer and more powerful broad-shouldered flavors that display excellent persistence on the palate coating, dusty and beautifully long finale where a hint of bitter cherry pit can be found. This is very firmly structured and will need at least a few years of bottle age first but in time it should be very good.  (1/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Corton Rognet Grand Cru, which comes in with a modest 13.2% alcohol and unusually for the domaine, it was harvested after and not before the Côte de Nuits. It has a very appealing bouquet with raspberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with wilted rose petals, the oak here seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, superb mineralité and a crystalline finish that urges you back for another sip. What and outstanding Corton Rognet. This comes highly recommended. (NM)  (12/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Dark red-ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice pastille and Cuban cigar tobacco reminded me of a Côte de Nuits wine. Densely packed and energetic but a bit youthfully disjointed; improved nicely with air, showing a perfumed elegance, but will need time in bottle to absorb its youthfully edgy acidity. Finishes dense, floral and long. (ST)  (1/2018)

91 points Decanter

 The Corton Rognet is very good this year, revealing a nose of wild berries, forest floor and grilled game. On the palate the wine is quite supple and expansive on the attack, with a cool core of fruit and a fine but firm chassis of chalky tannin. Drinking Window 2024-2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

92-95pts Jasper Morris MW: "Dark centre with lighter rim. Very delicious lifted fruit, floral again, lovely flow across the palate, complex yet superb texture, lovely even finish, very long. Picked late after maturity was blocked by the late summer drought, but it evidently recovered!" (01/2018)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.2