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2010 Marchand Pascal, CortonMay. 2012
The nose has a wonderful depth, certainly quite the cuisinière though with coffee, chocolate, hints of coconut – fortunately I also find fruit. As the previous wines, Pascal has delivered a super-fine structure that delivers excellence without sacrificing intensity of flavour. Gorgeous clarity and super length.
2009 Giroud Camille, CortonFeb. 2012
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is at first reticent but the array of pretty red and black fruits is certainly enticing. Eventually there’s a more savoury soil note which isn’t so nice – I hope that’s just a phase. Silky entry, with good freshness. There is a wiry strength to this, linear until the flavours grow in the mid-palate then decay in a subtle but long finish. Overall this has quite a mineral personality and largely submerged tannins – but it’s certainly less involving than the 2008 was at this time last year. A good wine but with a question-mark over the aromatics…(?)
2008 Cornu, CortonNov. 2011
A very round personality to the fruit here – both the aromas and flavours. Nice balance with a fresh crunchy aspect to the fruit – nice.
2009 Cornu, CortonNov. 2011
Wide and very engaging aromas that blend high and bass notes. Lovely wine here; understated yet complex – needs a bit more acidity? – it is anyhow complex and contemplative. A wine to curl-up with!
2007 Cornu, CortonNov. 2011
3-4,000 bottles a year from 0.6 hectares of old vines (70 years) spread between Marechaudes and Rognet et Corton. High-toned red fruit aromas – just slightly roast fruit – seems quite fresh though. Mouth-filling and shows really impressive width, again some pretty fruit here. Good finish!
2008 Marchand Pascal, CortonMay. 2011
Medium colour. The nose delivers spades of interest; high-toned dark, minerally fruit over a slightly diffuse but engaging core – I can’t help sniffing – a slightly musky and stemmy impression also adds value to set against some barrel vanilla and coconut (100% oak as only 1 barrel!). In the mouth there’s enough fat to easily balance the lovely acidity, and the flavour slowly builds to a crescendo in the mid-palate – there is perhaps a hint of CO2 that turns up the volume of the fireworks, but fireworks there are, and it seems very well judged. The flavours are dark red, almost blue-skinned fruit and they last incredibly well – even for a Grand Cru – admittedly there’s some of that coconut thing going on again in the finish, but this delivers oodles of precocious loveliness. Super – drink it over the next 12 months to enjoy this performance or wait at least fifteen years for harmony and something of the real Corton
2008 Bonneau du Martray, CortonDec. 2010
There is a lovely, vibrant colour here. More depth and density than the ‘in progress’ 2009 – lovely precise red fruits. Wider and less plush than the 09 – good acidity and energy – I find this long and very understated. A good wine.
2009 Bonneau du Martray, CortonDec. 2010
Beautiful, medium-plus colour. There’s a nice floral top-note – delicatesse with a hint of mineral. There’s plenty of slightly grainy tannin, excellent acidity – a beautifully fresh and very, very pretty wine.
2008 Bonneau du Martray, CortonDec. 2010
There is a lovely, vibrant colour here. More depth and density than the ‘in progress’ 2009 – lovely precise red fruits. Wider and less plush than the 09 – good acidity and energy – I find this long and very understated. A good wine.
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