The first traces of vineyards at Aloxe Corton date back to the 2nd century B.C. Later Le Corton was to be the favourite wine of Charlemagne. Corton is the only red Grand Cru on the Cote de Beaune and the only Grand Cru on the Cote d'Or to be divided into 'sous-climats'. 'Le Corton' is the historic vineyard that gave the name to the Corton appellation.
The 2017 vintage of this pinot noir has an Intense bouquet with aromas of red and black fruit, spices and a touch of oak. Rich and structured on the palate, this wine needs a bit of patience in order to reveal its raciness and great distinction. It has excellent aging potential.
94 Points - Wine Spectator Rich, featuring juicy cherry, plum and smoky oak aromas and flavours. The vibrant structure keeps this fresh and drives the long aftertaste, where a graphite element emerges. Shows excellent balance and complexity. Best from 2022 through 2040.
93 Points - James Suckling The aromas are briary and fragrant, offering plenty of red flowers and red berries. The power here is also impressive, and there's a very regal air to the tannins. Long and fine, very transparent and delicate. The exposure and altitude here give good and slow ripening to high maturity. Try from 2023.
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2017 Le Corton Grand Cru is showing very well, and I underestimated it when I tasted it earlier this year. Opening in the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cloves, smoked meats and coniferous forest floor, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a textural and enveloping attack, a sapid core of fruit and a savoury finish. Today, the wine's tannins are already supple and melting.
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