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.