A horrid poxed Corton Charlie followed by a questionable Huet, salvaged by a nice Champers

Last evening just wasn’t our night. A great planked salmon on my new Big Green Egg necessitated something special. A 2005 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne out of a .375 fit the bill. Uh-oh, the color looks dark; my 15 year old daughter says it looks like apple cider, and gives an “Eww” smelling it from across the table. Truly the most horrifically oxidized white burg I’ve ever had (my last bottle in December from the same source was fantastic!).
Unplanned backup #1: I went to old faithful; a 2008 Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec, also from a .375. I’ve never had a premoxed Huet, but this had more bruised apple than citrus scents, and was also darker than expected. I corked it and put it in the refrigerator, refusing to believe it’s oxidized. I’ll check on it again tonight or tomorrow.
Unplanned backup #2: 2009 Marie Courtin Champagne Resonance Extra Brut, again from a .375 (it is a work night, after all!). Ahhh, that’s more like it. Very crisp, dry and incredibly minerally. Pinot fruit was slightly ripe but elegant; the night is saved!
A deep cellar means we’ll never have to suffer a bad bottle (for long).



Wine bottled in splits oxidizes at a faster pace than wine in 750s. Still, it shouldn’t be as fast as the dates on yours suggest.

No excuse for a 2005 or a 2008 to be oxidized, even in a half bottle.

I opened my lone bottle of 2004 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne a few months ago, with great trepidation, and I was relieved and delighted to find that it was an excellent bottle. It sucks for it to be such a lottery, though.

I revisited the '08 Huet today. It’s not oxidized, but not consistant with my previous experiences with Huet Secs. This one is all tropical and orchard fruit; nary a lemon or lime. Lots of pineapple and apple. Sweet in a demi-sec kind of way (which I often find in the Huet Secs) but lacking the piercing acidic cut. Maybe not flawed, but I’m disappointed. Just opened a 2009 Luneau-Papin Muscadet Butte de la Roche to get my Loire mineral acid fix.