Robert Parker 95
The 2019 Corton Grand Cru has turned out brilliantly in bottle, wafting from the glass with a striking bouquet of dark berries, blood orange, potpourri, exotic spices, cedar and peonies. Full-bodied, layered and velvety, it’s deep and concentrated, with lively acids, supple tannins and a penetrating, rose-inflected finish. It’s the best Corton that the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has produced to date.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2065
‘Three little jewels’, according to C&B. Clos du Roi (0.57 hectares), Les Bressandes (1.2 hectares) and Les Renardes (0.5 hectares) are set into this, the 11th vintage since the Domaine acquired an extended lease from the Prince de Merode family. Just 15 hl/ha from these 55-year-old vines, picked on 19 September. Total production 367 cases of a dozen bottles (as if anyone gets their hands on a case of dozen bottles…). Fine-boned nose somehow – definitely not intense – with some suggestion of red cherries. Elegant rather than pronounced on the palate too. Quite marked acidity. Neat and refined – quite a contrast to the 2020 Cortons we’ve been tasting. Juicy and sweet but lacking the savour of the Vosne wines. Really builds on the palate and the long finish is the most indicative trait of the wine’s grand provenance. The aftertaste went on for at least a minute!
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2040