duchet 1982 corton-charlemagne

Update 26.1.2012(23.1.2012)billn

1982 Duchet, Corton-Charlemagne
Deep golden hue. The nose started as an old (but correct) white does; interesting, a little diffuse but nuts an d a faint impression there may be some oxidation. In minutes it comes together, delivers more focus and adds a little caramel, some struck-match too. In the mouth, this is less sweet than the nose suggests – you even have the impression that there is a hint of tannic astringency. Quite long flavours and even a little more flavour development in the mid-palate. Certainly this is interesting and even a little rewarding but it will never be cosseting, nor ever was (probably) ‘great’.
Rebuy – No chance

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  1. Will25th January 2012 at 10:07 amPermalinkReply

    Sounds interesting Bill. I assume you picked this up at auction?

    As someone who never has access to this type of ‘old’ wine I have always wondered: which would you rather drink (or which do you get more pleasure from), Old wine like this or a younger wine from the same appelation (say a 2007 Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton Charlemagne)?

    • billn25th January 2012 at 10:54 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Will,
      No auction – in this case it was directly from the cellar of Domaine des Croix, tasted there last week when I tasted 10s. Domaine Duchet became de Croix in 2005 and a few bottles of this were left in the cellar.

      Interesting is a good word for this but this particular bottle misses some the sweetness and certainly the generosity of many old whites – but it was clearly made that way. I really cannot say definitely that I prefer new to old or vice-versa, they are so different. But in this particular case, I’d rather have had the 2007 😉

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