Robert Parker 93
The 2011 Corton Grand Cru from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti put in a similar showing as it did just after bottling earlier last year. It has less of the mushroom element than I recollect, adorned with pastille-like purity of red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, a slight ferrous note developing with time in the glass. The palate has developed a tad more roundness in the mouth in recent months, the tannins softened a little and it is consequently less masculine and more approachable. That said, as much as I enjoyed polishing off my glass, I would advise allowing this several years in bottle so that it can lose its puppy fat.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Good bright, full red. Pretty aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry lifted by a floral topnote. Round, sappy and succulent, showing a bit of youthful medicinal character to its dark fruit, mocha and licorice flavors. Finishes with good breadth, lightly dusty tannins and classic dryness. The team vinified with 60% to 70% whole clusters in 2011.