Corton: Burgundy for Claret lovers

I find Corton to be the least satisfying Grand Cru in Burgundy.

Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2004, Prince Florent de Merode

It is quite pale. No matter what else I say about it, I cannot deny there is some nice strawberry and cherry fruit on the nose. There is a hint of greenness, too. It is quite stony, but just a bit uptight and correct. Where is the love, man? There is some greenness on the palate as well, but a reasonable amount of fruit and some concentration. It is a reasonable wine, but burgundy should be lovelier than this. If I want to be really rude about it the most damning thing I feel I can say is ‘It is rather Corton-y’.

  • Richard B

    I’ve bought Merode Corton on occasion, but only ever drunk it at ep tastings. I think it has the balance to age nicely, and I suspect it is better in warmer years. Quite remarkably, these vineyards are now under the control of DRC. I wonder what their wine will taste like?