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Highly aromatic nose of clove oil, spiced apple and pine. At once penetrating and extraordinarily silky; a Corton of great vivacity and class, not to mention finesse. Pure lime and spice flavors carry through to the brisk, palate-staining finish. May ultimately surpass the '98, but then the '98 vintage was no slouch for this grand cru vineyard.
As Jean-Francois Coche served his 1999 Corton Charlemagne, he said, "This wine will go far, as it is very, very young." It reveals ripe white fruits and a powerful spice component in its aromatics. On the palate, this medium to full-bodied wine is fresh, super-ripe, and expansive. Sweet apples, pears, and a myriad of spices coat the taster's palate and take it hostage for about a minute after it has been spit out. It is an extraordinarily long-finishing wine that is a tribute to Coche's talents, skills, and hard work. Projected maturity: now-2012.
The nose explodes from the glass with spice, intense minerality and green apple scents followed by muscular flavors of considerable power underpinned by marvelous cut and a finish that I almost couldn't believe. The balance here is perfect and this is without question one of the finest examples of young Corton-Charlemagne I have ever tasted. While I doubt this will ultimately surpass the incredible 89, it will certainly merit being mentioned in the same breath.
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