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2015 Red Burgundy Line-Up from Edmond Cornu

2015 Red Burgundy Line-Up from Edmond Cornu

The subject line might have caught your eye" 2015 red Burgundy?" you might be asking yourself.  After all, in the marketplace today we are seeing the tail end of 2016 red Burgundy with 2017 slowly creeping in. But Edmond Cornu is pure #thuglife. While others are desperately trying to get everything out of the cellar as quickly as possible, Cornu likes to wait a bit. Let them settle down in the cellar before making the great pilgrimage across the pond.  Shouldn't we all be so lucky?

Edmond Cornu is one of my favorites in Burgundy fir QPR (quality price ratio.) There are only a handful of others I can think of with this kind of amazingness for under $75-$100; wines that can not only drink like graceful kings and queens in their youth but age for some time . The Chorey les Beaune is an absolute gem for the price but the Ladoix (prounouned La Doy x) are some of the most unique as they are very few distinctive ones out there in the market for quite a sizeable AOC. More importantly, Ladoix from Cornu tends to age like some of the better Savigny les Beaune from Pavelot or Bruchon. Real elegance, spiced and perfumed notes with tons of sweet fruit and exoticism.

I have been drinking these for years and the 2015s are one of the best vintages I have tried in a while. I will be stocking my own cellar and recommend you do the same as the great Allen Meadows of Burghound tends to agree with me: 

Allen Meadows on 2015 Edmond Cornu: "As to the wines, they're exceptionally powerful and concentrated. I would describe them as a blend of the 2005 and 2010 vintages where the former contributes the structure, power and dense tannins and the later the harmony and balance. While I always hesitate to make pronouncements, it's hard to see the 2015s turning out poorly as they just have so much potential." I have to agree with Cornu, in fact I would go so far as to observe that his 2015s could very well be the best wines he has ever made. To express it differently, in all the years that I have been visiting I have never tasted a better one when considering the entire range at once. I would add that the Cornu wines generally sell for very reasonably prices and they typically offer excellent value in the context of the quality they offer."

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2015 Edmond Cornu Chorey-les-Beaune Rouge "Les Bons Ores"
Newsletter Price: $35.99

BH 87-89 Points: A discreet touch of wood sets off wonderfully fresh aromas that are composed by notes of red cherry, raspberry, earth and a pretty spice hint. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess a sappy mouth feel, all wrapped in a dusty, punchy and slightly rustic finale.

2015 Edmond Cornu Savigny les Beaune
Newsletter Price: $39.99

BH 87-89 Points
Here too a deft application of wood frames the wonderfully fresh aromas of red pinot fruit, pungent earth and a floral hint. There is a lovely sense of energy to the well-detailed and utterly delicious flavors that possess a beguiling mid-palate mouth feel that contrasts somewhat with the mildly rustic finale. This too is attractive.

2015 Edmond Cornu Ladoix "Vieilles Vignes"
Newsletter Price: $37.99
BH 89-91 Points (♥ = outstanding): A deeply pitched and brooding nose reflects notes of both red and dark cherry, along with earth and wood nuances. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration as well as plenty of punch on the firm, robust muscular and rustic finale. This is a very serious Ladoix villages that offers very fine quality. Recommended for both quality and value.

2015 Edmond Cornu Ladoix "Les Carrières"
Newsletter Price: $44.99
BH 89-92 Points (♥ = outstanding):  A pungent nose presently consists of wood and reduction. On the plus side though there is a lovely sense of freshness and underlying tension to the slightly more refined medium weight flavors, thanks primarily to the relatively fine-grained tannins that also shape the more obviously mineral-driven and firmer finish where once again hints of bitter cherry and rusticity can be found. This offers terrific quality for a Ladoix villages and is high recommended provided you have the intention of cellaring it for at least a few years.

2015 Edmond Cornu Ladoix 1er Cru "Le Bois Roussot"
Newsletter Price: $47.99
BH 90-92 Points (♥ = outstanding): A super-fresh nose reveals a spicy mix of floral and earth-suffused red berry fruit aromas. There is excellent punch and tension characterizing the intense medium-bodied flavors that are finer still if perhaps not quite as powerful and certainly less obviously structured on the beautifully complex and persistent finale. Good stuff.

2015 Edmond Cornu Ladoix 1er Cru "La Corvée"
Newsletter Price: $61.99
BH 90-93 Points (♥ = outstanding): A deeply pitched and somber nose reflects notes of plum liqueur, violet and dark currant along with plenty of earth and sauvage influences. There is terrific intensity to the muscular and voluminous middle weight plus flavors that possess fine concentration while delivering excellent length on the chewy and powerful finish. This built-to-age effort manages to be quite firmly structured yet not really austere. Excellent quality but patience required.

2015 Edmond Cornu Aloxe Corton Vielles Vignes
Newsletter Price: $53.99
BH 89-91 Points (♥ = outstanding:) Like the Carrières, the pungent nose is composed by notes of reduction and wood influences. On the plus side there is outstanding size, weight and mid-palate density to the big-bodied flavors that deliver first-rate depth and length. While this is no model of refinement, the overall impression is unusually good for an Aloxe villages. Recommended.

2015 Edmond Cornu Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
Newsletter Price: $127.99
BH 92-94 Points: Reduction currently masks the fruit though there is very good freshness to the ripe and vibrant broad-shouldered flavors that are dense and very serious yet there is a certain refinement present as the supporting tannins are dense but fine, all wrapped in a hugely long and impeccably well-balanced finish. Like several of the wines in the range this beauty is definitely built-to-age and my sense is that this is going to need 15 to 20 years of cellar time to fully resolve the underlying structure.
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