This comes from the the steeply-sloped Corton lieu-dit known as Les Languettes, which some growers plant with Chardonnay (to make Corton-Charlemagne), while others, as in this case, grow Pinot Noir. Winemaker Franck Grux has long been wishing to make a really dynamic, red Corton, he told us, and with these grapes, coming from this special plot, he has pulled off a coup. He picked the grapes on 2nd September, giving a perfectly balanced 12.8% natural alcohol. Colour is bright, deep purple, aromas being fine, complex and concentrated, including ripe black fruits and violets. Palate is impressively intense, with splendid richness and depth of fruit. This has broad texture, fine tannins and a long finish. It’s a strikingly superb, great Corton, for mid- and long-term ageing (and drinking 2025- 2040+).