Very pale color. Steely aromas of lime, apple blossom, crushed stone and mint; has the almost metallic minerality of a top Chablis grand cru. Then dense, penetrating and pure, with palate-saturating flavors of minerals and lemon ice. As young and minerally as this is, it’s not especially austere or hard. Finishes smooth, extremely subtle and very long, with lemon and spice notes. My style of Burgundy, very Chablis-like in its penetrating, stony character. Likely to develop in bottle for 15 years or more.
Cask sample. Dense, lean, green notes on the nose. Vibrates and is very, very young. Still a baby and very, very opaque. Difficult to read.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020
Robert Parker 87
Tightly wound, closed, and crystalline, the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne (domaine) reluctantly reveals notes of minerals and citrus fruits in its delineated personality. This wine will need to flesh out and blossom as it finishes elevage to earn a higher score.