Corton Le Rognet Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes

2016

The plot, exposed full east, occupies 34 acres at mid-hill at an altitude between 270-280m. Two-thirds of the vines are 70 years old, and the last third is 35 years old. This vineyard has been the subject of considerable work to encourage the root system to grow down into the mineral layers of soil deeper below the surface. Located a few kilometers further south than the other vintages, the plot is always harvested two or three days before. 

 
95 points
"A vibrant, succulent red, this delivers intense flavors of red currant, wild cherry and violet, with undertones of stone and loam. Balanced and well-defined, showing a long, stone-infused finish. Best from 2021 through 2042."
Bruce Sandersen,
Wine Spectator
, July 2019
92-94 points
"The 2016 Corton le Rognet Grand Cru has a wonderful, vibrant bouquet with perfumed wild strawberry and raspberry preserve aromas, wilted rose petals and just a hint of sous bois. This is very detailed and precise. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin on the entry, but the concentration is delivered on the back palate—a firm grip, this Corton becoming more and more masculine toward the finish and then quite saline on the aftertaste. Excellent."
Neal Martin,
Wine Advocate
, December 2017
91-93 points
"Bright medium red. Very complex, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, cherry, flint, fig, peony and rose petal. Not at all an austere style of Corton, conveying a fine-grained texture and an element of wildness to its red fruit and peony flavors. The plushest, sweetest and most voluminous of this 2016 collection, finishing with lovely lingering fruits and flowers. This wine has a long track record for being seductive and harmonious early on in the warm vintages--but does this 2016 have a hidden dimension?"
Stephen Tanzer,
Vinous Media
, November 2017
91-94 points
"This is reduced to the point of revealing nothing aromatically. Otherwise there is excellent size, weight and mid-palate concentration on the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the very firmly structured finish. This is a substantially-scaled wine that is classic Corton in every respect."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, January 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB3440-16
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic