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Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru 2002 750ml

France, Burgundy, Cote De Beaune
Pinot Noir

- +, May 19th, 2018
Still deep ruby color. The expressive nose remains cool and fresh with its notes of menthol, wood, red and dark currant and pungent humus-inflected earth scents. The highly energetic broad-shouldered flavors are robust and muscular though not particularly rustic on the mineral-suffused finish that is still quite firm thanks to the somewhat strict tannins. This is a wine where it's not quite accurate to describe it as tough but it would be fair to say that the '02 is not a refined Corton. I would further observe that while it's nowhere near ready, it's also not clear that the fruit is going to outlast the structure. In short, this is presently in a bit of 'no man's land' where it's definitely not ready now but it may not necessarily repay extended keeping either. In short, pessimists will opt to drink this now with food and optimists will settle in for an extended holding period.