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Average critic rating : 92.0 points
There are just four barrels of the 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. It has an attractive honeysuckle and candle-wax scented bouquet that is well defined with good mineralité. The palate is well balanced with citrus fruit, dried honey, a touch of spice and a harmonious, walnut-tinged finish. There is a bit of swagger and brio about this Corton-Charlemagne and it might turn out to be one of the domaine's best contributions to the vintage. ||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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