TN: 1998 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Les Renardes

  • 1998 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Les Renardes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru (5/23/2012)
    This was good but the vintage’s acidity was, as the French say, “tranchant” (cutting). Even after 3+ hours in a bottle-shaped decanter, the wine was still pretty tart, though it definitely perked up both with breathing time and with the food (rib-eye, sauteed veggies and rice). Every once in a while I got a slight burnt note, so I wonder if this bottle might have been slightly abused. Still, its sous-bois and creamy cherries were enjoyable, even if the back end was rather sharp and the finish somewhat medium. Previous bottles of this have been better.

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Had the 96 of this wine last weekend and it was remarkable. Incisive black and red cherry fruit with excellent length and purity. Powerful yet not at all heavy or thick. Plenty of 96 acids but the fruit and acid balance each other well.

Last night was Corton night…I popped the '98 Jadot Coton Pougets.
Acid was there, but I found the bottle to be quite lovely.
Sounds like yours had maybe seen better days.

Yeah, the previous bottles of this had been better. The cork was fine, but who knows? Somewhere down the line this must have been slightly abused. Still, it wasn’t bad or un-enjoyable, but I had been expecting better.