2016 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1381262 95 points John Gilman

 Maison Drouhin continues to produce two different versions of Corton-Charlemagne, with this one hailing from the domaine’s own vines in the center of the appellation. As I noted in the introduction, this sector of the vineyard was not hit badly by frost and the crop level here is close to correct in 2016. The wine is outstanding, wafting from the glass in a sophisticated blend of apple, pear, hints of the crème patissière to come with further bottle age, lovely, limestone minerality, white flowers and a very judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impeccably balanced, with a rock solid core, lovely transparency and grip and a very long, classically reserved finish. This will need a few years in the cellar to blossom, but it will be outstanding.  (11/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Expressive aromas of apple, nutmeg, talc and fresh herbs. Densely packed, pure and light on its feet, with subtle white peach and crushed stone flavors joined by more exotic apricot and lichee notes as the wine opens in the glass. Not a sweet style but saline, penetrating and long; this wine appears to be closing down in barrel. Terrific potential here. (ST)  (9/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is still quite a bit of post-bottling SO2 that is strong enough to overshadow the majority of the fruit though aggressive swirling eventually liberates notes of Granny Smith apples, white flowers and soft wood toast. I like the excellent intensity of the muscular yet sleek flavors that brim with minerality and plenty of sappy dry extract, all wrapped in an ever-so-mildly warm finale. This will need at least a few years to develop better overall depth but the underlying material is here such that it should occur over time.  (6/2018)

93 points Decanter

 The Corton-Charlemagne remains very classic in 2016, opening in the glass with a nose of citrus zest, wet stones and struck flint. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very chalky and taut, with a deep core, excellent concentration and a long, penetrating finish. (WK)  (10/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, which is owned by Drouhin and is located in “Longettes,” had quite a virile, fiery bouquet that calmed down with aeration. Hints of tinned peach and dried apricot emerge with time. The palate is quite rich on the entry with lovely honeyed touches both in terms of taste and texture, a spicy vein emerging with time and showing commendable depth toward the finish. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkin, MW: "Made with a combination of domaine and purchased fruit, all from Les Languettes, this is one of the better young Corton-Charlemagnes I’ve had from the Drouhins. The oak is just a touch heavy handed, but this has precision, focus and plenty of underlying power and fruit weight." (01/2018) 95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Spared from the frost. Very clear pale colour with a beautiful bouquet, as much floral as stony, with a lovely refined but concentrated mid palate, excellent vigorous balance, and beautifully poised aftertaste. Exemplary." (01/2018)

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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.