2009 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 94
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"The 2009 Corton-Charlemagne is a big, explosive wine bursting with fruit. It possesses fabulous inner perfume, a layered, deep personality and an impeccable finish. This is a relative understated tyle of Corton that emphasizes elegance over sheer power. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.

I tasted the 2009s with Jerome Faure-Brac, Drouhin’s head winemaker. Interestingly, Faure-Brac chose to serve these wines a touch on the warm side, so I could observe their strengths and weaknesses more clearly. It was a high stakes move, especially in a warm vintage. I am not sure I would have had the guts to make that decision, but it speaks of great conviction….and the wines came through beautifully. The 2009 harvest began on September 21st, quite late for the year. New oak levels were down sharply, malos were blocked on a number of wines and the estate did no batonnage. The wines were racked once prior to being bottled." (WA)

"($172) Medium bright yellow. Ripe aromas of ginger, lime, apple, lavender and botanical herbs. Suave and fine-grained but on the dry side, with spice currently dominating fruit. Offers good breadth and a restrained sweetness but is this taut enough to reward cellaring? I don't find the mineral cut or expanding aftertaste of the best examples of this cru." (IWC)

"A strikingly complex nose is cool, pure and quite densely fruited with aromas of both white and yellow orchard fruit, stone and dried apple hints that also suffuse the intensely stony and big-bodied flavors that possess plenty of muscle on the powerful, mouth coating and driving finish. This is a very substantial effort yet all of the structural components remain in perfect balance." (BH)