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  • Country ranking ?

    885
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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Vintage 2012

2012 was beset by unusual weather that didn’t spare the vines! A mild winter, spring-like March, cool spring with frosts, summer-like May, cooler, wetter June, a variable summer with heatwaves, hail and storms… Because of the cold damp spring, some of the vine flowers didn’t set and form fruit, there was millerandage (where the flowers aren’t fully fertilised and give small berries) and high pressure from mildew and odium. Temperatures went right up during the short periods, over-heating and scorching the berries. This weather caused a significant fall in yields, without, however, impacting on the quality of the grapes, as well spread out bunches with small berries guarantee concentration and intensity.
All in all, the grapes achieved good ripeness in aromas and good sugar to acidity balance. The white wines are characterised by their finesse and concentration. The reds set themselves apart with their lovely colours, ripe and silky tannins and their harmonious mouthfeel

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Thibault Liger- Belair Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2012 - I remember proudly serving a bottle of Corton 15 years back to an expert on burgundy. It was from a great vintage and from a reputed producer. My guest was only politely impressed. I was perplexed because the same guest was very appreciative of some of the other Premier Crus I had opened that evening! He was right since the Corton was tannic and almost rustic. It failed to impress! I did not touch approach Corton rouge for a long time. Why should I take the risk of being disappointed. This phase lasted many years till I discovered the joys of Corton made by my friend Jean-Nicolas Meo. Meo Camuzet’s Corton Clos Rognet is a wine to bring tears of joy. A wine to die for. Ever since then I am back to discovering Cordon. I have since fallen in love with the Corton and most other wines made by Thibault Liger-Belair who is famously bio-dynamic. The Corton Les Renardes 2012 was all I could hope for in a young wine. Corton Les Renardes comes from a walled site which means the Vixens, I like that. Stony soil rich in iron with minimal clay just enough to give the vine complexity, minerality and softness. Thibault’s Les Renardes comes from the middle of the slope from 50 year old vines. A beautiful translucent colour shimmering in the light already set the tone for the beautiful nose of red and dark fruit oozing with violet and just a hint of wet earth. All in balance which no new world pinot can match. I was in raptures just nosing the glass. I did not need to drink the wine. After some time I took my first sip having opened the bottle 2 hours in advance with a small pour. A rich lush wine greeted my palate with enough power to pair beautifully with most dishes. Once again the validity of the ratings given long back to Corton Les Renardes by Jules Lavalle in 1855 who classified it as Hors Ligne while Camille Rodier classifed it at the very top as a Tête de Cuvêe in 1920 was proven correct! 97 points
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Nuits Saint-Georges, Burgundy

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