côtes + antonin guyon 2000 corton-charlemagne



Friday was a day in the Côtes – and pretty cold it was too! White (mainly) fluffy stuff was hitting the car and ground for 99% of the journey to Beaune, but 5km from the Beaune exit and the snow was gone – unfortunately rain prevailed – still I wasn’t going to be walking the dog was I? 😉

I managed a mere 3 visits during the day – and whilst the wines did their best to cheer people up, the mood was mainly sombre; A number of producers expect/hope to ‘sit-out’ the economic malaise during 2010 and see the 2009 vintage as their saviour. Time will tell…

The normal antidote to any malaise is to spend a little time with Bernard Repolt of Maison Remoissenet, so our last visit of the day was a cheery one. This time Bernard had to dash, but he left us in the more than capable hands of Claudie Jobard who made the wines – we left with a good feeling, despite my spitting! – back home at a not unreasonable 9:15pm…

So, what to open? I’ve loved both this vintage and the 2002 from Guyon, but here’s another example why you shouldn’t save white burgundy too long…

2000 Antonin Guyon, Corton-Charlemagne
Medium straw colour. The nose shows oxidative notes, nuts and a hint of lanolin. In the mouth the texture is good – concentrated and silky – intense, dry, very well balanced, but the flavour that obscures much is an oxidative one. Drinkable – but without joy – probably opened 6-12 months too late and, if anything, was slightly worse on day 2…
Rebuy – No

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “côtes + antonin guyon 2000 corton-charlemagne”

  1. Wolfgang Frey1st February 2010 at 1:56 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill,

    we just had a 2000 Corton Charlemagne from Pierre Morey. Turned out to be great stuff after we double decanted the bottle in the morning and had it for dinner. Still room for further improvement in my opinion.



    • billn1st February 2010 at 2:46 pmPermalinkReply

      They can’t all be bad Wolfgang 😉
      I’m glad for you that this was fine!
      Cheers, Bill

  2. Rodney Gagnon13th February 2010 at 2:42 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill,

    Re White Burgundy: I happened to have a great 1998 Corton Charlemagne from Louis Latour at the Boston Wine Expo that was quite nice actually. Generally, I’d agree and would expect it to drop off on the second day after exposed to fresh O2 after a decade. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the 1998 was showing. I have some brief notes about the event here if you are interested. http://winedinewith.us/2010/02/13/a-vertical-tasting-of-maison-louis-latours-grand-crus/

    Best, -Rodney

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