Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2016 - 750ml

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95pts Wine Spectator
Very pure, exhibiting black cherry, black currant, violet, earth and black pepper aromas and flavors, this red is solidly built, with toasty oak and wood spice elements emerging on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2042.
94pts Vinous
(aging in one-third new oak, like the Corton; the yield here was about 40 hectoliters per hectare): Bright, dark red. Restrained nose suggests dark fruits, licorice pastille, spices, bitter chocolate and cedar, with a pungent mineral quality emerging with aeration. A sophisticated Corton grand cru with subtle intensity and complex accents of crushed stone, salty minerals and flowers. Penetrating but not hard. Finishes with subtle rising length, the firm tannins tightening up with air without going dry. Nathalie Tollot noted that this wine went through a very oaky phase but today the wood is playing a supporting role. 
Barrel Sample: 92-94
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Matured in one-third new oak, the 2016 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru was unaffected by frost this vintage. There was some reduction on the nose when I tasted this from barrel. Bypassing the aromatics, the palate has good density and body, the new oak a little elevated as the fruit was closing down, but there is a fine line of acidity and a lovely, spicy finish that feels long and persistent. Maybe the Le Corton has a little more precision? Still, this is very fine, if just a little “bigger boned” than its sibling. 
Barrel Sample: 91-93
93pts Decanter
The Bressandes reveals a warmer and less wild bouquet of creamy red fruit, anise and liquorice, compared to the Corton. This is followed on the palate by a fuller-bodied, more voluminous wine in a more expansive register, its taut structural tannins more immediately cloaked in fruit. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045
An overtly toasty nose also evidences ample menthol influence that once again fights somewhat with the relatively high-toned aromas of red cherry, violet, spice and warm earth nuances. As is usually the case, the mouth feel of the equally broad-shouldered flavors is finer thanks primarily to the more sophisticated tannins supporting the sleek yet serious, saline and sneaky long finish that is also youthfully austere and markedly toasty. This too is going to require at least some patience to more completely harmonize and eat its considerable oak treatment.

Winemaker Notes

Bressandes is highly expressive, firm, and powerful thanks to the high limestone content of its soil. Often cited as one of the very best climats on the Corton hill, it shows aromas and flavors of red and blackberry liqueur, earthiness, flowers, and herbs with powerful tannins. Corton-Bressandes will reward long aging in a cool cellar.

Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.