Tasted in Corgoloin with Carel Voorhuis, 12 November, 2014.
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Carel noted that the tasting would be ‘complicated’ because our timing meant that the wines were spread across barrels, tanks and bottles – but we would give it a good try.
Carel on 2013:
“It’s hard for me to rationalise the quality of the wines with what I remember of the vintage. I’m so often surprised by the comments of the tasters – I find it hard to taste my own wines, so comments are often an eye-opener as I still can’t forget how hard the whole year was, including how hard we had to sort at harvest. The wines simply don’t reflect my memories.”
Not many late malos here – most were completed in the Spring.
Some can already be bottled says Carel, the others in the Spring.
2013 Côte de Nuits Villages Clos des Langres
No sulfur in the elevage, just now once assembled in tank.
A deep, almost textured dark nose. Lithe with fine energy and good burst of mid-palate intensity.The last drops in the glass are redder-shaded and very pretty.
2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Rouvrettes
I don’t remember tasting a ‘Rouvrettes’ before – it’s a vineyard split into both villages and 1er Cru (the latter the upper) sections – the last 1er Cru prolongment of Les Jarrons, heading NW into the valley.
Fine red berries on the nose with a little raisined fruit. Good silk, plenty of depth, good texture and lots of mid-palate flavour. Nice bright fruit in the finish too. VVGood.
2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Narbantons
Fresh, dark fruit that is a little diffuse at the start. Also silky but less obviously padded than the Rouvrettes – a little drag to the tannin too. Plenty of intensity – Yum!
A deep and round nose. Intense and showing muscle but no fat then a lift of fresh mid-palate intensity – lovely fruit. Well structured – but as a baby Corton, so it should be. Yum!
Wide, muscly, transparent dark fruit – lovely aromatic energy. Here is more intensity and more tannin with a faintly dry leading edge, but no grain. Complex and long – super wine.
2013 Volnay 1er Fremiets
Immediately softer and more floral nose. The flavour is a little reductive though the mid-palate slowly exerts control, delivering complex, high-toned, intense flavour. A super finish too!
A high-toned nose of dark-red fruit. In the mouth, this is fresh and has quite some intensity – reasonable width of flavour all the way into the finish. Very tasty and nothing heavy about this wine.
There’s reduction, but it quickly vacates the glass. Energy, transparency and dark fruit notes. This is rather silky – the tannin grows, changing the texture to velvet. Good width and good power – This really could be Corton!
2013 Corton Pougets
A more airy and complex nose – less powerful than the Chaillots but finer. In the mouth there’s more power though – more muscle too. Still, this is lithe and flexible and opens wider and wider. Really fine finishing width too.
2013 Corton Renardes
The nose is deep but seems fizzy. Less gas than I expect on the palate – but plenty of energy and excitement compared to the Pougets, but that could be the gas. The finish is super!
High on the hill, this is usually the last vineyard to be harvested – it seems the extra-long growing season bestowed a little extra to this wine in 2013!
This high-toned nose grows prettier and prettier in the glass. Lithe and energetic, showing really good mid-palate dimension – super energy here. Perhaps the best from this vineyard since 2003?
A silkier nose and of quite some width too. A little more padding in the mouth – and overall size too. Round in the middle with a fine, velvety tannin nd perfectly ripe fruit – Lovely!
From 6 separate parcels.
Wide and a little airy – perhaps gas(?) Again a wine with very good width of flavour, that’s lithe and shows a nice texture to the tannin. Slowly leaching, mouth-watering flavour. A good villages wine.
20% whole clusters used in the fermentation.
Ouf! Now this is a very pretty nose. Round and deep – faintly musky notes and maybe even chocolate too – it’s a beautiful aromatic. Full and round with a sweetness to the intense fruit and no obvious whole-cluster notes. Wow – this is simply brilliant!
Maybe one of my top-10 wines of the vintage!