Robert Parker 90-92
“The 2016 Corton Bressandes Grand Cru was cropped at a reasonable 22 hectoliters per hectare and this includes 80% whole-bunch fruit. It has a ripe and showy bouquet that neatly disguises the stem addition, perhaps trying a little too hard to impress at this early stage. Cassis and violet notes emerge with time and after two or three minutes it begins to gain more composure. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, more harmonious certainly than the Maréchaudes with a gritty, slightly disjointed yet fresh and charming finish that feels nicely focused. This is one to watch.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
(a blend of four lots; the vines on the Aloxe side of the cru, on thin soil over mother rock, were seriously affected by frost while those on more clay-rich soil on the Ladoix side produced a normal crop; 80% vendange entier): Bright red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of blackberry and cassis lifted by violet and mint nuances and complicated by a saline element. Ripe but classically dry, offering terrific density of texture as well as more thrust than the Maréchaudes. This wine is totally different in shape, finishing with broader, firmer, almost peppery tannins that dust the front teeth. Flavors of dark fruits and spices linger impressively. I suspect that this wine will need considerably longer cellaring than the Maréchaudes.