One of Faiveley’s monopoles (wholly owned vineyards), Clos des Cortons makes powerful wines. That’s the case in 2005. This wine towers up, a strong edifice of tannins and big, black fruits. It has all the right elements coming into place, along with weight and some elegance.
From a 3.75-acre parcel of this grand cru, this is stunning red Burgundy, amazingly complex, lushly fruited and—yes—ageworthy. Plum and black cherry flavors lead the way, but they’re joined by notes of meat, earth, wild game, mushroom and saddle leather. Full and lush in the mouth, this is richly tannic but not hard, as some vintages have been in the past.
A powerfully ripe, toasty wine, showing all the richness of 2005 in Chablis, and adding a layer of structure to go with the apples and cream richness. At the center, there is green minerality.
Rich roasted coffeebean, plum, leather, animal, earth, and oak scents. Marvelous complexity, very fine, dry , with earthy, coffee and spicy flavors. Voluptuous and interesting wine; will age.
Although this is dominated at this young stage by wood, you can get through the firm, spicy character to the dark, heady fruit flavors. It has concealed power and intensity of ripe, elegant fruit. It needs at least 10 years to mature.
The Faiveley style for big, bold statements suits this wine. It’s powerful, concentrated, dense and rich. There are intense black plum flavors while the tannins are well in balance with the richness of the wine.
Shows lots of toast on the nose; yeasty and lemony, almost like a blanc de blancs Champagne. Tastes rich and bold. A powerful statement of Chardonnay in its earthiest, most mineral guise. Complex and strong.
There is a fine balance here between wood and deliciously rich fruit. It gives a ripe wine that fills the glass with spice, apricots and a crisp citrus zest. The wine glows ripely to the finish.