Corton Bressandes Grand Cru

2012

This cuvée comes from 4 parcels situated mid-slope and spread in homogenous fashion over the whole appellation. The soils are deep and made up in equal parts of limestone and clay, giving the wine lovely balance and great length on the palate. It is a terroir that is very representative of the appellation Corton. The vines average 35 years old and face east.

 

Notes on the 2012 Vintage (from Burghound, Issue #54, April-June 2014): "François de Nicolay described 2012 as an 'excellent vintage that unfortunately did not produce very much volume. For our vines, the worst culprit was the poor flowering, as we really weren't affected by the hail in 2012 though we got more than our fair share in 2013. We were also hit by a ferocious attack of mildew  followed by an attack of oidium; we managed both of those reasonably well, even though we were constantly on the go in order to do so. To give you an idea, we normally treat around 10 times a growing season, but in 2012 we passed through our vines fully 20 times! We began picking the whites on the 21st of September and then harvested the reds from the 24th to the 30th. There wasn't much sorting required, as the fruit was both ripe and clean with good phenolic maturities, so I used from 50-70% whole clusters for the vinifications. As to the wines, they remind me of slightly more concentrated versions of our 2010s. The individual terroirs are clearly delineated, and I think that they should age extremely well, as they have everything that they need to do so.' Save for the Corton-Bressandes, all of the 2012s were bottled between October 2013 and January 2014."

(92-94) points
"Palish cherry-red. Aromas of strawberry, crushed stone and underbrush are accented by exotic spices. Juicy, tight and penetrating; on the lean side today but precise and minerally. More a wine of finish than the Marechaudes, which is more impressive on entry. Crushed stone and salty mineral notes on the long, subtle back end."
Stephen Tanzer,
Vinousmedia.com
95 points
"The domaine’s Bressandes was still in barrel and absolutely singing at the time of my visit. The gorgeous bouquet is a complex and very pure blend of red and black cherries, gamebirds, Asian spices, iron-like soil tones, coffee, woodsmoke, cocoa and a touch of fresh nutmeg in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure on the attack and very stony in its soil profile, with a sappy core, superb transparency, ripe, well-integrated tannins and simply stunning length and grip on the young and very, very refined finish. A great bottle of Corton in the making! 2022-2060."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
, #48, Nov-Dec 2013
(92-94) points
"This is more aromatically elegant than the Maréchaudes with an airy nose of various red berries along with moderate amounts of spice, floral and earth nuances. There is more tension if not more size and weight to the delicious mineral-inflected flavors that possess a lovely vibrancy, all wrapped in a tight and persistent but not especially austere finish. Indeed this is relatively approachable in the context of the appellation yet it should also age very well if desired. "
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, Issue #54

SKU/Code: 
DB6625-12
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic