(40% new oak; there was a bit of hail here, noted Raphael Coche, and the grapes were very ripe and tiny): Expressive aromas of white plum, hazelnut and nutty oak. Boasts an uncanny velvety texture over a powerful backbone of acidity and tannins, with the nutty oak and mineral flavors conveying outstanding energy. A great, ageworthy 2013 with terrific lemony lift on the back end.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032
Just six pièces from east-facing vineyards. Not yet on the market. The 2012 has just been offered. Jean François is tasting it for the first time for many months. Heady and rather sweet. Dense. Really rich. Wonderful undertow. Quinine on the end. Lots of matière .
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035
Robert Parker 95
“Raphaël Coche-Dury describes this as the most challenging vintage of his career to date, but the 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing very well, unfurling in the glass with notes of yellow orchard fruit, mandarin and lemon oil, almond paste and subtle top notes of petrol and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and intense, with an ample mid-palate, juicy acids, chewy extract and a long, saline finish. This isn’t as structurally taut as the best vintages, so it will be a comparatively precocious rendition of this reliably long-lived cuvée, but it should deliver great pleasure over two decades or more.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040