Domaine Tollot-Beaut, AOC/AOP Chorey-Les-Beaune, 2010
Chorey-Les-Beaune is an appellation on the lower slopes/flattish land below Aloxe-Corton and Savigny-Les-Beaune, giving soft quaffable entry-level wines to the Cote de Beaune.
This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Wine Society, ~ £20 (2012)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium intensity, developing, with opening aromas of slightly high-toned red fruits – macerated red cherry and red currant, then black cherry, spice, boiled sweets, smoke, and hints of sweet tobacco and liquorice.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium intensity, a seemingly sweet mid-palate, with flavours of red cherry, red currant, black berry and black cherry, spice and a hint of liquorice. A medium (+) length, with a clean smooth macerated cherry lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, showing a restrained nose, with more intensity in mid-palate, but decent flavour concentration, some complexity, with tertiary smoky and liquorice/tobacco notes, well-integrated oak, a fine length and a smooth finish. Nicely balanced acidity/tannins with alcohol, all harmonious with flavour intensity.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this is a well-developed wine, still showing fruit, with a good structure, but lacking intensity and concentration, leading to an assessment of – will keep for 2-3 years but not improve.