The 2010 Corton Grand Cru is a little more opaque in the glass when compared to the 2011. The nose is very intense with raspberry, wild strawberry, flecks of dark chocolate and Morels that emerge with time. Yet it remains tightly coiled, unfolding with each minute that passes. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a beguiling sense of symmetry. It is understated at first, but it has a powerful, almost sinewy finish that exerts a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth, segueing into a smudged savory aftertaste. This is very fine. Time to fill in a small gap of notes relating to the most significant grower in the Corton hill - Bonneau du Martray. Jean-Charles suggested we taste recent vintages together after the 2012s, which I was more than happy to do.
The domaine's 2010 Corton is a much different beast than the 2009. It has none of the early appeal of that year, but instead boasts gorgeous structure, firm tannins and beautifully delineated fruit. It is an energetic, vibrant wine endowed with significant floral lift, intense minerality and great overall balance. There is a cool austerity about the 2010 that will appeal to classicists. According to proprietor Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière, the small, loose clusters of the vintage give the wine its powerful personality.
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