Corton Clos du Roi - Grand Cru 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

-(100% stems). A completely different nose presents itself as the nuances to the red berry fruit and floral aromas circle around intense game and underbrush hints that also suffuse the rich, full and powerful flavors that like the Rugiens are not especially concentrated or massive but rather there is excellent focus and superb length. This is a very tightly constructed wine at present but I suspect that it will be ready within a decade. (91-93)/2014+ Allen MEADOWS' – BURGHOUND

-(35% new oak; 100% vendange entier Medium red. Sexy aromas and flavors of redcurrant, smoke, chocolate and minerals. Suave and silky in texture, but with excellent energy and focus to the flavors. This has Grand Cru class and finishes with very fine tannins and terrific lingering perfume. 91  By Stephen TANZER