*Corton, Blanc 2014
This has lively citrus notes, pear and floral too. Lifted. This is pure and straight and well defined on the palate. Very good intensity. Focus in the middle palate. Very good acidity. Lively long and mineral on the finish. Wonderful depth to this wine. A lovely harmony. The balance is just perfect. A very long finish. This needs at least 10 years and will age for 20. Exceptional. Score 19.25
Picked 16th September
Corton, Blanc 2013
This is a spicy on the nose with a touch of guava. Not at all rich, but the aromatics are spicy on the palate. Firm acidity in the middle and then much more savoury, mineral and fresh on the finish with some fennel notes. This tastes of a colder vintage. I would say leave this for 7 or 8 years. Score 18.2
3rd October. Very late picking.
*Corton, Blanc 2012
This has a tight, ripe and concentrated nose. Touch of cucumber. There is also a hint of anise and mint. The strike is rich and there is marked viscosity to the palate. Very concentrated and it has good acidity. It has a straight and deep palate and is a little like the 2014, but with more viscosity. The finish is salty and straight. Very long finish. I think this will age very well. I would age this for 10 years at least. It needs ageing. Score 18.85
Harvest 21st September for Bressandes and 23rd for Chaumes. 12.6% and pH 3.10 at picking and at bottling a pH of 3.3. 28 hl/ha.
Corton, Blanc 2011
This has a slight note of evolution, a little nutty and a touch of silex. This ripples easily on the palate. (Ripe apricot aroma in the empty glass). It is lovely now. Lighter for sure. Elegant and even. Very harmonious. Slightly sweet on the finish and then, at the end, a stoney note. Not as long as the 2012, or 2014 or even the 2013. It is in a ‘good place’. You could drink this soon – in a year or three. Score 17.75
35/hl per hectare. 3rd of September and 12.2 and pH 3.2 and after MLF it was 3.3
Note: Pre 2011 Renardes was included in the blend. Now it is kept separate and made as Corton-Charlemagne.
*Corton, Blanc 2010
The nose is very alluring with candied lemon and peach …and this opens to become more floral and blossomy. Very intense. This is juicy on the palate. There is richness and generosity, but so lively. A good combination of freshness and succulence. It has plenty of matter in the palate. A good density onto the finish and it straightens out to a wet stone finish. This is delicious. This will age very well. Wait for this wine. (The cellars here are very cold). Wait for another 5 years at least and will develop beautifully over at least another another 10. It is richer than the 2014, but as good. Score 19
12.6 picked pH 3.06. 3.3 after. 24th September.
This was racked with air…
*Corton, Blanc 2009
This has a touch of chestnut on the nose. It is certainly ripe. Slightly smoky note too. Sweet on the strike. Ripe peach and passion fruit in the middle palate. It is rounded, creamy with a touch of chocolate but with decent enough acidity and very good minerality underscoring the palate. Here there is the stoniness on the finish which really supports the lower acidity. There is sweetness and stone at the end. It is long and should age well. At least 20 years. Score 18.75
“I believe the Renardes was very helpful in this vintage,” says Claude.
Bressandes was picked on the 10th at 13% and the Chaumes on the 13th with the Renardes and therefore pressed together.
pH 3.3 Bressandes and 3.2 for Chaumes/Renardes and bottled at pH 3.35 and with a little more So2 because of the vintage.
Corton, Blanc 2008
This is deeper in colour than the 2007. This has aged quite quickly. Note of marmalade. It has a high tone with this. The concentration by the north wind in 2008 makes a wine which is both cold and concentrated. It is more developed in the nose and less so on the palate, although the aromatics on the palate are quite evolved as well. I like the freshness on the finish though. I would keep this for 2 or 3 years and see what happens. It is awkward now. Maybe bottle variation. This is not as good as I thought it would be. Score 17
Claude, “This was a bad vintage for us – a big problem with mildew, but in Corton we managed. It was a late picking – like 2013 so from the 30th September. Alcohol 12.2 (I prefer not to chaptalise). The style of the wine has developed more quickly than we had thought. Maybe we did too much racking – we did the first racking with air. In the time, it was the way we did it. We racked twice – once after the MLF to get rid of the lees and we did it with air. The second to tank was protected. With the 2011 we changed things and only do one racking and put into stainless steel for longer and the whole ageing is shorter.”
*Corton, Blanc 2007
This is more lifted. There is a light citrus note. This light on the palate. It is slim textured, fresh, lemony, touch of mint and some good minerality. It is quite a lot better than the 2008. It was better than expected. From now onwards. Score 17.5
“This is a good surprise,” says Claude.
Harvest at a potential alcohol 12 to 12.2 on the different parcels. 3.10-3.2 pH at harvest. 22-24th September. 11.9 the lowest. “So this is the only time we chaptalised,” says Claude.
Corton, Blanc 2006 (magnum)
This has a deeper colour than the 2005 beside it. It is nutty – macadamia nuts. Creamy aroma. Here a touch of chestnuts too. Succulent on the front palate. It is juicy and much brighter than expected. It is rounded and rich. There is a touch of greengage. It is lively in the middle and fresh on the finish. It is more citrus at the end too. There is just a touch of salt at the end. This exceeds expectations. Better than 2007 and 2008. This is probably because it is a magnum. Drink from now onwards, given most will be in bottle. Score 17.75
Picked on the 20th. So classic (reds were the 27th) 3.3 a high pH and 13 alcohol. ended up at 3.4.
*Corton, Blanc 2005
This has an impressive note. Very intense and concentrated. Youthful fruit on the nose. This is compact on the palate. Rich and vigorous. A powerful wine with a fruit laden long, full throttled finish. This has hardly evolved. A powerhouse of a wine. Dense and fresh and muscular. This needs plenty of time. I would wait another 3 years at least, but it will age for many years. Score 19.
Picked on the 15th September. 12.2 and 3.2 pH. And a touch of chaptalisation to 12.7 and pH 3.3 at bottling.
Corton, Blanc 2004
“This was rain and rain and rain! My mother made this vintage.”
This has a deeper colour than the 2003. There is a very minty note. Butter-mints. It is quite evolved on the palate. Crunchy leafy note with this. On the positive side it is fresh and bright. Charming in fact, but a little lacking in stuffing and short. Score 17.25
“It could have been more evolved, so I am pleasantly surprised,” says Claude.
12.6 and picked 23rd September. pH 3.12 and at bottling 3.3.
Corton, Blanc 2003
Acorns and toffee and ripe lime cordial. An impressive nose …strong and attractive. The palate is rich and generous. It is juicy and rounded. It is good on the finish – assertive and there is sweetness and a stoney quality to the finish. Ends fresh. It’s a good 2003. Baroque in a good way, as there is balance. Score 17.5
Picked in August 16th 12.6 and pH 3.4 and at bottling pH 3.5