Ahead of the Bonneau du Martray dinner at The Square (Full blog to follow) I had the chance to grab a quick taste of the last three vintages:
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
Generous but still in character with the Domaine's Corton-Charlemagne. This will be drinking in 2-3 years and then, as ever, for a while after that. It has a richness of fruit and a full ripeness that makes it very appealing and at the same time a dash less serious than some recent vintages. Very good 17.5-18.
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010
Serious, the very classic nose, weight and texture I associate with the Domaine. It has a nervous poise as the acidity is very focussed. The fruit is in layers and has real depth. I see this very much as a keeper, very impressive now but definitely best resisted for 7-8 years and then capable of secondary and tertiary development. A child of a wine now with a mighty future. Very impressive. 19.
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 (tank sample)
Very primary, has a lovely easy focus about it, taut but not over-wound. Stylistically little between the 2009 and 2010. Very youthful but very promising 18-18.5
Corton Grand Cru 2011 (sample) Red fruit as well as the trademark graphite edge with a herbal note. This is not what I imagined 2011 reds to be like. Impressive, a little like 2007 with more substance and depth.