The Corton vineyards are the only red Grand Crus of the Cote de Beaune. A good Corton is marked by its velvety texture, the perfect counterbalance to the natural acidity and tannin. The nose is powerful with candied fruit and complex spices appearing over time. The palate takes a similar journey, with sweet fruit falling to spice on a long, persistent finish.
The 2018 Corton Grand Cru, which comes from Drouhin’s parcels in Hautes Mourottes and Les Renardes, is deep in color. This year it includes 30% whole-cluster fruit. It has a very sweet, lush bouquet with touches of fig and prune that detract from terroir expression. The palate is reflective of the growing season, sweet and confit-like in style, yet just missing the precision and grip and the breeding that I found in previous vintages of this Grand Cru.DC94
One for lovers of Corton with some muscularity, this sturdy red hails from two parcels in the Grand Cru - the Drouhins pulled out a third in Bressandes - and has plenty of fruit sweetness to soften the tannic grip. Floral top notes lead you into a palate with juicy plum and mulberry fruit and enough acidity to bring freshness to the finish.JS94
Cherry crushed-strawberry and rose aromas with notes of fresh herbs. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sleek tannins and lively acidity. Round and juicy with a bright core of fruit on the mid-palate. Fresh, with soft power and a flavorful finish. Needs two or three years to soften.