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2016 Tollot-Beaut et Fils Corton Bressandes

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

95Wine Spectator

Very pure, exhibiting black cherry, black currant, violet, earth and black pepper aromas and flavors, this red is solidly built, with toasty oak and wood spice elements emerging on the long finish.

92-94Vinous / IWC

Bright, dark red. Restrained nose suggests dark fruits, licorice pastille, spices, bitter chocolate and cedar...subtle intensity and complex accents of crushed stone, salty minerals and flowers... Finishes with subtle rising length...

91-93The Wine Advocate

Bypassing the aromatics, the palate has good density and body, the new oak a little elevated as the fruit was closing down, but there is a fine line of acidity and a lovely, spicy finish that feels long and persistent.

16.5+ Jancis Robinson

Pure, fresh nose. Much better than the lesser wines I tasted. Real purity. Quite marked acidity rather than marked tannins.

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.