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2017 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1416710 96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Drouhin family’s own parcels of vines in this vineyard are located at the very summit of the slope, in the upper section of the climat of les Longuettes, which lies on the Aloxe-Pernand border. The 2017 was still in cask in November and is clearly one of the great recent vintages of Corton-Charlemagne from the maison. The bouquet offers up a pure and nicely reserved blend of pear, apple, fresh almond, chalky minerality, a touch of citrus zest and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and pure on the attack, with a rock solid core, great mineral drive and grip, bright, snappy acids and stunning balance and nascent complexity on the very, very long and energetic finish. This is a brilliant example of Corton Charlie. 2024-2065+. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very attractive wet stones and a wealth of hazelnuts and ripe, fresh and expressive lemons and white peaches. The palate has beautifully complete, fleshy texture, really seamless and underpinned by stony, powerful terroir-driven structure. Exceptional Corton-Charlemagne here. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is excellent, unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet citrus oil, beeswax, white flowers and oyster shell. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and satiny on the attack, with considerable concentration and structuring dry extract, succulent underlying acids and a long, chalky finish. From the south-facing climat Les Languettes, this is one of the highlights of Drouhin's 2017 portfolio.(WK) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The Drouhins' parcel is entirely located in the climat of Les Languettes in Aloxe-Corton. It's a rich, ripe, well-upholstered style with considerable power and intensity, spicy, honeyed flavours, some leesy weight and deftly handled 30% new wood. Drinking Window 2019 - 2023. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from the climat of Les Languettes and was picked on September 2. It has a rather mild, perhaps conservative bouquet that does not quite deliver the complexity I might have expected from a Grand Cru. The palate is better, featuring a taut, quite stony opening, a little salinity in the mouth and touches of black currant leaf and walnut toward the finish. Maybe it will offer more once bottled. [I notice that Stephen Tanzer finished his own tasting note wondering whether he underrated it. Without previously seeing his note, it would seem that I, too, expected a little more.](NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

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