Wine Spectator is a month away from releasing their Top 10 Wines of 2022, and in October, we always like to look back at last year's list to highlight some gems! Another huge wine starting to hit its drinking window, Louis Latour's prodigious Corton-Charlemagne 2018 is stunning. While these wines can take up to 20 years before they are ready to pour, Wine Spectator lists the window at 2022! The biggest owner in the appellation, Latour's Corton-Charlemagne vineyards are located on a prime section of the Corton hillside where the south-easterly aspect ensures exposure to the sun. The fruit is harvested as late as possible to guarantee maximum ripeness. Known for its powerful and complexity, the 2018 is intense, with notes of white peach, fresh hazelnut, vanilla, and almond paste. Full-bodied for the palate, the 8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels (100% new) is complemented by aromas of fresh almond and lime blossom. This could be the best value for a Corton-Charlemagne to date. Don't miss it!
"Open and aromatic with honeysuckle flowers, dried apples and mangoes, as well as white peaches and stone. Full-bodied, this grows slowly on the palate with an intense, powerful finish. Lots of cream, cooked apples, lemons and light oak at the very end. Tight and right. Try after 2023." James Suckling, 97 Points
"Fresh and fruity, with aromas and flavors of lemon, pear, white flowers and stone, showing great tension and an underlying mineral component that gives this energy and length. The lemon theme continues on the lingering aftertaste, along with butter and pastry accents. Best from 2022 through 2029." The Wine Spectator, 95 Points