Cornu and the 2004 Vintage

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The 2004 vintage in Burgundy has revealed, over time, a series of wines that are compelling for rendering the purity and truth of the region. Cornu’s top wines are beautiful examples. Tonight (Dec 25) we drank the Aloxe 1er Cru “Moutottes” from the ’04 vintage. I expected a lovely wine because the Moutottes always has a gracefulness to it that belies the essential toughness of its motherland (Aloxe); but, this ’04 version was breathtaking in its completeness. Many ’04s, even the best of them, have the fundamental defect of being “short” in the finish. That’s their birthright, a vintage of less-than-complete maturity. This Moutottes suffers none of that failing, a wine of vibrant color, exuberantmcomplex and clean aromas and flavors that stimulate every part of the palate. Frankly, I was astonished by the breadth of this wine. Burgundy clearly lives! This is the type of wine that made me fall in love with Burgundy 35+ years ago. A triumph! Kudos to Pierre Cornu.



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