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2010 Joseph Drouhin Corton Bressandes

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

Rich and taut, with cherry and currant flavors shaded by oak spice...excellent balance and warm baking spice accents light up the finish.

92-94The Wine Advocate

...exciting array of dark cherries, smoke, licorice, menthol and spices...impresses for its soft, textured personality, considerable length and fabulous overall balance...minerality and sheer verve of the finish.

92+ Stephen Tanzer

Urgent aromas of crushed dark berries, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, chewy and imploded, with a deep core of black fruit and floral flavors...savory and firm on the back end, finishing with a piquant minty note.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Le Corton

Corton is a Grand Cru vineyard for red wine within the Corton appellation. It is a long, slender, stony limestone site that wraps part way around the top slopes of Montagne de Corton, a hill that reaches to 1,150 feet. The 234-acre vineyard primarily faces south, west and east, and is sheltered by a windbreak of trees while also receiving excellent exposure to sun. Corton is the Cote de Beaune’s only red Grand Cru. The largest producers are Louis Latour, with 37.5 acres; Hospices de Beaune, with 16 acres; and D'Ardhuy, with 11.85 acres. The names of smaller vineyards within Corton are frequently added to the names of Corton wines, resulting in names such as Corton Les Renardes, Corton Les Chaumes, Corton les Perrieres, etc.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.