Lucien Le Moine Corton Renardes 2008
Lucien Le Moine
Corton Renardes displays the sweet side of Corton, as opposed to Corton Bressandes. It has more viscosity, more tannin, color and sweetness than Bressandes. It is both an easier wine to understand than Corton Bresandes, and more immediately attractive. The 2008s will come back as classic wines of Burgundy, but not in a spicy, sous-bois manner; they will be traditional, but have a little bit of flashy fruit. A very particular combination.
This is also quite complex but the aromatic profile of the violets and primarily blue berry fruits is less elegant and notably gamier and this gamy character continues onto the supple and graceful yet quite powerful larger-scaled flavors that possess excellent length but also a touch of rusticity on the decidedly firm and long finish. Like the typicity displayed by the Bressandes, this is very Renardes and overall, there is just a bit more depth of material. Score Range: 90-93. Drink: 2020+.Score: 93. —Allen Meadows, April 18, 2010.
The twin barrels of Le Moine 2008 Corton Renardes are even more tender in texture than their Bressandes sibling, as well as sweeter in their still-tart fruit (here strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb). Brown spices, browned butter, and hints of caramel make for an appealing cookie dough-like aspect on this wine's subtly creamy and palpably dense yet buoyant palate. Nor are herbal or floral nuances entirely neglected in the complex performance. A smoky, Latakia-like note graces this wine's long finish. I suspect 12-15 years will prove a sufficiently conservative estimate of its potential.Score: 92-93. —David Schildknecht, June 2010.
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