Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, France 2019

Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, France 2019

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Burghound Wine Review

Domaine Tollot-Beaut
2019
Chorey-lès-Beaune
Villages Red 750 ml
Score: 87 Burghound
Tasted: Apr 10, 2021
Drink: 2024+
Issue: 82
Producer note: Nathalie Tollot described 2019 as one that "gave us very fine quality but very low quantities as we had the same yields as in 2003. As was the case in 2003, we were hit by frost and then there was hail in Savigny and Chorey on the 5th and 6th of July and then again in Corton on the 14th. The flowering did not pass especially well either so all in all, yields were 40% lower than normal. We picked from the 10th to the 17th of September and happily the fruit was ripe and very clean so other than eliminating some desiccated sun burned berries, there wasn't much sorting necessary. Potential alcohols averaged around 14% with good acidities. Right after the vinifications when we barreled down the new wine, I was a bit circumspect about the wines as they seemed very closed and somewhat austere. However, as the élevage progressed they became much more inviting and harmonious and now I've come to quite like them. They possess very good balance and certainly solid concentrations. We will of course see in time as they develop but for now, they seem quite promising." Tollot noted that the 2019s were bottled in January and February 2020 and I tasted them in late February. Note too that the Tollot wines are deliberately bottled with slightly higher levels of CO2 so decanting the wines is always a good idea. (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, NJ; The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, Farthinghoe Fine Wines, www.farthinghoefinewine.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, all UK).
Tasting note: A slightly fresher nose offers up similar aromas of jammy red berries and warm earth. The richer and a bit more vibrant flavors possess a delicious and suave mid-palate while the ever-so-mildly edgy finish also reflects a note of bitter cherry pit character.