Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Domaine Chandon de Briailles, CORTON Grand Cru, 'Clos du Roi'
The 2021 Corton Clos-du-Roi Grand Cru, from the top part of Corton towards the woods, has a kirsch, mint and orange rind scented bouquet. Lots of plummy scents emerge with time, and even a touch of gaminess turns into more pressed rose scents. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, white pepper-infused red fruit and insistent grip. It's not quite as elegant as the Bressandes, yet is a classy offering. 92-94 Neal Martin, Vinous.
This lovely wine was one of the surprises of the vintage, with its richly aromatic nose of ripe cherry, liquorice, and rose petals. The wine is slightly reserved, tannic, and dense on the palate, although there is no heaviness here. With just a bit of patience, this should be among the best red Cortons from the vintage. It is produced from 0.28 hectares of biodynamically-farmed old vines at 310 metres planted on a steep slope in sandy marl soils. A name to remember. 95 Charles Curtis MW, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2024 - 2042