Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2016, Tollot-Beaut

When I tasted the Burgundy 2015s en primeur every wine from Domaine Tollot-Beaut was superb. They had lovely glossy fruit and it was impossible not to smile at the first sniff. The three 2016s tasted at the Justerini & Brooks tasting were consistently good but nothing like as good as the 2015s. This shows how tricky the 2016 vintage has been for even the best wine-makers. Understandably, the Corton-Bressandes 2016 is the best of the three wines on show. An iodine, aniseed nose gives way to gentle forest berries. Fairly closed on the nose as is to be expected from a Corton grand cru which has been taken from the barrel. Fine fruit on the palate, good texture (a trademark of the domaine), balanced, mineral, ripe, rich, not too tannic. Fundamentally this is a successful wine which is work keeping and promises to impress from 2022 onwards. This is definitely in the top ten of 2016 reds tasted thus far. Scores 81-86/100. It's £720 per case of 12 bottles in bond which is £74.60 per bottle retail. I'm saying this is reasonable! Photo is of the colline de Corton on August 9, 2010. Don't tell me that it doesn't look like a toupée forest.


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