2015 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru

SKU #1336920 95 points Decanter

 The Corton is the most reticent wine in the Tollot-Beaut cellar this year, with a reserved nose of red cherry, blood orange, forest floor and clove. This is followed by a powerful, full-bodied palate with firm tannins and juicy acids which clamp down on the taut, persistent finish. Like many of this admirable domaine's wines, this will need time in the cellar, but it already has all the hallmarks of a beautiful bottle of Corton. Drinking Window 2018 - 2075.(WK)  (12/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Corton Grand Cru has a modest nose following the pair of excellent Aloxe-Corton Premier Crus. The small proportion of whole bunch lends a little forest floor to the mix of broody dark fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin. There is a keen thread of acidity here although it tightens up towards the finish, slams the door shut (for now). Hopefully buyers will cellar this for several years, because it has huge potential.(NM)  (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, discreetly spicy and floral-inflected nose displays a panoply of aromas include forest floor, earth, red currant and a whiff of game. The focused, intense and well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density while remaining relatively refined yet powerful on the balanced finish that delivers very fine depth and length. This is finer than it usually is and is notably fresh in the context of the 2015 vintage.  (4/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 (14% alcohol; one-third vendange entier): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry and licorice are given sappy lift by spice and mint notes from the stems (the estate does not normally vinify with whole clusters but Nathalie Tollot noted that 2015 was an experiment). Juicy, well-delineated flavors of dark berries, spices and wild herbs are enlivened by harmonious ripe acidity. Finishes fresh and long, with fine-grained building tannins and lovely tension and lift. No shortage of density here.(ST)  (1/2017)

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- 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.
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- 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.