2007 Corton Grand Cru Cuvée Dr. Peste: The wine is deep, purple-red in colour, with exuberant, fragrant, eau-de-vie de Kirsch aromas, pungent and complex. It is a beautifully structured, rich wine, of exceptional fruit concentration, well-ripened, gentle tannins and impressive length. Surely one of the greatest 2007 Cuvées in the cellar, showing magnificent potential.
Half of the Corton Dr. Peste vineyards face southwards, catching maximum sunshine. The balance have a classic, south-easterly, Corton exposure. Added concentration has been brought to this wine in 2007 – as was the case in 2006 – by eliminating some grapes from the low-lying Fiètre plot of Corton, which used to be included.
Superb work in vineyards and vathouse has resulted in great quality at the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in 2007. In addition, international demand for Burgundy wines is very strong. The production was down compared to 2006, adding a scarcity value to the new wines. The beautiful quality has brought in many new enthusiasts, collectors and connoisseurs.
Anthony Hanson MW
Certainly the 2007 reds are not big, muscular wines and the best were made with a gentle hand. Now that the all-important, softening malolactic fermentations are over (they were particularly slow and late because the portion of malic acid is high in 2007, and early 2008 was especially cool), the best reds have very pretty textures. Since last summer they have been tasting better and better and, with gentle tannins and acid levels that are not exceptionally aggressive, they are already a delight to taste. Acid levels in some reds even seemed a bit low to my palate, and some producers deliberately used more whole bunches than usual in an attempt to retain acidity, but the much longer growing season than usual seems to have built fresh, expressive flavours in the best of them.
The most frequently cited similar vintage is 2000, although, as Sylvain Cathiard of Vosne-Romanée (whose 2007s are particularly sumptuous) maintains, the fruit is a little fresher in general than in 2000. For Christophe Roumier they are more precise than the 2000s, which were also initially underestimated and have been so friendly over the last few years.
Jancis Robinson MW
Solid and opulent, Corton is a Bourgogne’s iconic - highly complex, impressively mouth-filling in a way that is at once sensual and structured.