2016 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1430948 96 points James Suckling

 This is a formidable white that grows on the palate with dried apples, pears, lemons and hints of lime. Full-bodied, tight and focused. This is a tight and powerful wine. Phenolic and bright. This is an ager as always. Get it on release.  (2/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and creamy, offering lemon cake, floral and peach flavors, shaded by oak spice. Subtle, yet builds to a long, complex finish. The tangy aftertaste echoes lemon, mineral and spice notes. Best from 2020 through 2029. (BS)  (12/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Moderate reduction masks the fruit today though it doesn't seem as though it will last for more than a few years. There is excellent punch to the beautifully well-detailed big-bodied flavors that ooze an evident salinity on the muscular and powerful finish that evidences enough dryness to be of some concern. My intuition is that the dryness is sulfur-based and thus will progressively dissipate with age.  (6/2018)

92 points Decanter

 This retains good cut and precision in a challenging vintage, opening in the glass with notes of confit citrus, lime, white flowers and a hint of brioche. On the palate the wine boasts a glossy, textural attack, underpinned by a nicely taut, vibrant core of acidity and stony minerality. This shows promise. Drinking Window 2018-2026.  (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is showing well from bottle, offering up aromas of lime zest, crisp green orchard fruit, fresh peach and pastry cream. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and notably saline, with a bright line of acidity to underpin its ripe fruit and an attractively penetrating finish. Though I would like to see more of the flesh and texture that I found from barrel, this has turned out well. (WK)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

91-93 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Clear bright colour, fine steely nose, quite full on the palate, slightly sweet oak notes, some herbal touches and a little bit of heat at the back. Plenty of intensity though." (12/2018) 94 points Tim Atkin, M.W.: "Louis Latour have some of the largest holdings in the Grand Cru at 10.5 hectares, all of them on south-east facing slopes on the Aloxe-Corton side. This is showing a little too much oak right now, but has sufficient texture, weight and underlying acidity to absorb it over the next year or two. Always reliable. Drink 2020-28." (12/2018)

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- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.