MÂCON MILLY LAMARTINE
2015 Clos du Four Domaine Cordier
Christophe shares the crop from this higher altitude plot with Dominique Lafon. Lovely intensity, ripe almost touch tropical fruit, but with buttery suppleness, palate is rich yet balanced good core of fruit, peach and citrus, creamy with amazing core of acidity. L&S (Dec 2016)
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The 2015 Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four sees 12 months in troconic wooden vats followed by six months in foudres. It has an attractive nose of red apple, cold stones and a touch of quince that turns more menthol-like in the glass. The palate is quite rich and exotic for a Mâcon with mint and juniper berries, good weight in the mouth and a feisty, ginger finish. I should not like this wine, but I can't deny that it's got a bit of guts and it does retain balance. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
This excellent Mâcon could almost be Pouilly-Fuissé for its fine nose of ripe, sweet apples and peach tinged with angelica spice and underpinned by an intensity of richly textured fruit that stays enticingly fresh and well-balanced thanks to a sharp blade of crisp, dry acidity on the finish. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Jun 2017)
Better ripeness than their Mâcon-Charnay. Well-integrated buttery notes and really appealing lemon citrus on the finish. Refreshing, vibrant, substantial. Drinking range: 2017 - 2021 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Mar 2017)
Rating: 94-94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2017)
Zesty and green-fruited on the nose. Full and broad and mealy on the palate and balanced by bright citrus fruit. Over-delivers in flavour if not in complexity. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
We first started working with Christophe 20 years ago and after a short hiatus we are delighted to welcome back these great wines to our list. Christophe has continued to build on the success of his father Roger, and has brought a deft touch to the wine-making, so that the excellent fruit from their well-placed vineyards is translated into fantastic wines.
He has also increased the scale of the negociant business and with long-term ties to some great vignerons is making some consistently stylish wines under the Christophe Cordier name, rather than Domaine Cordier. In the late 90s and early 00s, part of the story here was late-picking. Christophe would take some risk in leaving the grapes hanging for as long as possible. Back then this was what we were all after and the full-on, broadly textured wines were a revelation. Christophe has reined this in somewhat and is now producing wines with a lighter touch, a fine purity. Yes, there is texture and ample weight - but there is a new harder line of minerality and slightly more taut style, these are immensely drinkable wines that encourage you to the next glass. They simply represent fantastic value for lovers of White Burgundy and fine Chardonnay.
This is the most exciting domaine in Fuissé (it is based at the top of the hill overlooking the village) and the wines are great value and qualitatively comparable with many in the Côte d'Or. Most of the vines are around Fuissé itself, and they ripen earlier than the higher vineyards of Vergisson, making for a slightly different style to Barraud.
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