2013 Corton Bressandes Tollot-Beaut

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Average critic rating : 90.5 points



Unlike the Corton ’13, the 2013 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru was unaffected by hail. It has a ripe and fresh prune-tinged bouquet that is a little too showy for my liking. The palate is medium-bodied with quite dense, structured tannins. There is a spicy edge to the fruit, although contrary to expectations, I find slightly more harmony and finesse to the straight Corton this year. Actually, a feuillette showed more expressively and with more grace, so perhaps that is the shape of things to come? ||Nathalie Tollot escorted me down to her cellars in Chorey-les-Beaune for a tasting through her wines that were touched by hail to various degrees. For example, her Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Crus were devastated and blended with her small production of Savigny Villages, while other vineyards within proximity to the damage went unscathed. It’s a postcode lottery with the prize, survival. There was a tendency for some of the cuvées to show a lot of new wood. The domaine does have a proclivity to new oak that I find sometimes masks terroir expression, and one or two felt a little oppressed by the cooperage. As you might expect, up on the Corton hills is where Tollot-Beaut’s best 2013s lie, especially their fine Le Corton, perhaps more so than the Corton-Bressandes this year. In terms of quality to price, you cannot go wrong with the Savigny-les-Beaune Village that was given extra heft by those deselected Premier Crus. eRobertParker.com.January, 2015


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