An exploration of wine

849. Olivier Leflaive, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2005

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Book 5 Wine 849

£46; 14%

Bought en primeur, and finally opened the 1st of 6 in 2014. Has the ripeness and somewhat moderated acidity of 2005 whites, but still has the herbal, fennel note I associate with Corton-Charlemagne. A very good wine, but perhaps not quite got the density to be a top, top Corton-Charlemagne. Quite open, and at its peak? Mid gold. Medium-high intensity nose. Fennel, creamy oak, and background chalky mineral. White peach ripe fruit and a touch of caramel. Bright but not firm acidity, with a chalkiness that gives a savoury edge to the which peach flavour. Creamy, with gentle oak toast. Long, creamy finish.

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