2016 en Carmentrant Domaine Cordier
Really impressed by these wines from Christophe, this had real pizzaz, some nice richness, creamy, ripe fig and melon, with citrus fruit underpinning the broad yet well defined palate. Good line and a lovely bright acidity on the finish, giving the wine balance. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 L&S (Jan 2018)
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In contrast to the relatively expressive noses of the preceding wines, this is all but mute and only aggressive swirling eventually coaxes aromas of white-fleshed fruit and lemon-lime that are trimmed in just enough wood to merit mentioning. I very much like the mouth feel of the concentrated, serious and stony middle weight plus flavors that flash real drive on the focused, very dry and citrusy finale. This is lovely and is a wine that should both drink well early but have no difficulty aging gracefully too. 2023+ Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé En Carmentrant is another of the stars of the lineup chez Cordier, bursting with aromas of honeycomb, Meyer lemon, white flowers and drawn butter. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with lovely depth and tangy underlying acidity. Cordier notes that the preponderance of short berries among the fruit produced by this parcel accounts for its structure and intensity. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2018)
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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