Vinous – 93.5
Good bright, dark red. Rather wild aromas of black fruits, licorice, fresh herbs and earth; smells powerful! Sappy, sweet and soil-driven, with black cherry, mineral and crushed stone flavors complicated by leather and earth notes. Powerful tannins and an impression of tightly coiled energy rare for a 2009 call for extended cellaring. This powerfully structured wine is even less approachable now than it was a year ago from the barrel. Ripe fruit carries through to the very long finish. Terrific potential here.
Robert Parker – 95
The 2009 Corton Clos du Roi reveals superb aromatic complexity and delineation, with expressive floral scents that are woven into the fruit. This is intense and powerful, but also marvelously elegant. It is a wine for those who can afford to be patient. The higher altitude of this site helped preserve a measure of freshness, which was quite welcome in 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2029-2049.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2049