Aloxe-Corton 2006, Patrick Javillier
Aloxe-Corton is best known for its grand cru white Corton-Charlemagne. A top-notch (haut de gamme) vineyard the village shares with Pernand-Vergelesses on the other side of the Corton hill. There is something in the Aloxe terroir which gives the wine a similar solid structure and slow maturing profile to Nuits and Clos de Vougeot. The Javillier fille approach to making the Aloxe is very successful in that it rounds the angular tannic edges. This is a chewy wine with a big crunchy cherry and red plum fruit mass. Flavours sweeten to raspberry coulis reflecting the rich 2006 vintage. Masculine, bon charpente, grilled meats and wafts of fennel. Perhaps Aloxe is better made by a lady? Splendid.