Vinous – 91
The 2016 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru has quite a lot of oak on the nose, although it seems in sync with the redcurrant and cranberry fruit underneath. It is fragrant and become increasingly floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of red fruit and impressive mineralité. This is one of the most terroir-driven Cortons of the vintage, presumably its limestone soils are expressed on the finish. Promising. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Robert Parker – 89-91
“The 2016 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru, from 65 year old vines, is two-thirds whole cluster with 50% new oak. The bouquet is introverted at first and only gradually unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite refined tannin, grippy in the mouth at the moment with quite a masculine, lightly peppered finish that should soften if you can leave the bottle to mellow for 3 or 4 years. I am just looking for more panache to come through here.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033
JancisRobinson.com – 17
67% whole bunch, 50% new oak. They weren’t hit by frost. Barrel sample. Very aromatic and slightly leafy in a whole-bunch way. Rather luscious and with lots of fruit and charm. Real density and tension. Very successful. But pretty dry on the end at the moment.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2037