About this Wine
I received the samples of 2018 Grand Cru Cortons from Domaine Henri et Gilles Buisson a couple of weeks ago. They were superb. Both beautiful, complete, nice richness and gorgeous to drink despite being young. Of the two – the Corton Renardes and Corton Rognet-et-Corton, I have a preference at this stage for the Corton-Renardes, which shows a bit more complexity to my taste. It’s a brilliant wine.
The rows of vines for Buisson’s ‘Renardes’ are directly next to those of Lalou Bize-Leroy’s with whom they share tips, and they jointly keep the area completely pesticide and herbicide free. Her wines sell at £2800 a bottle for the 2014 and £4000 a bottle for the 2016. Yes, I almost choked too. Bear in mind too, the prestigious price tag that Domaine de la Romanee Conti has added to these wines, since we sold the Cortons of Prince Florent de Merode, (and Mallard 2009s) 10 years ago. Those exact same bottles we sold at £40 now fetch around £300 a bottle, and since they have been made and labelled by Romanee-Conti they are £1400 a bottle.
FROM THE PRESS
“'My old pal Robin Davis, from Swig, told me he had found an absolute gem of a line-up from Burgundy and he asked me if I would like a look. Of course, I replied, and not one, but five bottles appeared on my doorstep. Three were 2018 Saint-Romains and two were Corton Grands Cru – I was rather overexcited just opening the box of bottles. True to form Robin has found five exquisite creations and instead of picking just one wine to feature this week, the entire quintet made the cut because you simply must taste them all. 2018 Saint-Romain La Perrière and 2018 Saint-Roman Sous La Velle, both £32 (from £36), and my headliner Sous le Château are all epic examples of 2018s that are not too fat, too oleaginous or too forward. Instead, they are dramatic, lustrous creatures with amazing firmness of acidity and joyous, layered fruit. The oak element in each wine is subtle and supportive and at these prices they are all incredible value, too. Sous le Château is the fullest of the trio with La Perrière the most balletic, but I would urge you to buy all three – this is a lesson in how, in warmer vintages, those lesser-known villages tucked away in the folds of the Côte d’Or make far more scintillating wines than the wines that lounge around in the sun all day. The same goes for the two elite reds. 2018 Corton, Grand Cru Les Renardes and 2016 Corton, Grand Cru, Le Rognet-et-Corton are two of the finest Cortons I have tasted this year and this includes DRC’s 2017 Corton which is fifteen times the price!' ”Matthew Jukes, Money Week