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1996 Vincent Girardin Corton-Renardes Grand Cru

SKU #140209 91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is the first vintage in which Vincent Girardin is offering a Corton Renardes, and, judging from its quality, I hope there are many more to come. Medium-to-dark ruby-colored, this wine exhibits massive ripeness on the nose, displaying scents of raisins, prunes, and chocolate-covered cherries. The palate is no less ripe, offering loads of ripe black cherries, dark raspberries, and cassis, as well as a silky texture, and a full body. It does not have quite the depth or concentration of the Perrieres, but is so opulent, fruit-packed, and persistent in the finish as to deserve a equal rating. (PR) Inner quote mark (4/1998)

89-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Slightly less saturated color. Foxy, extremely expressive aromas of black fruits, mocha, smoke, tobacco and game. Fatter and sweeter in the mouth than the Perrieres; this has excellent concentration and a velvety texture I didn't find in most of Girardin's other '96s. Finishes very long, with fine tannins and an exotic, superripe spicy note. (ST) Inner quote mark (3/1998)

K&L Notes

Vincent Girardin sees Corton as needing to exude pure Pinot fruit above all. This wine has great depth, with notes of cherries and black plums. It is unfined, unfiltered, and structured to age extremely well. True Grand Cru!!

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