Enjoyed this wine at a Bonneau du Martray dinner,orney & Barrow and attended by Jean-Charles le Bault de la Moriniere of the domaine, at Roussillon, in London, on 25th November. Coming after the 2007, 2006, 2003, 2001 and 1990 vintages of the Corton Charlemagne, not to mention the 2001 Corton (red), I had expected the 1987 (poor vintage) Corton Charlemagne by now to be a relic of its former self. In fact, in one of those surprising experiences which the wine lover treasures, the 1987 turned out to be the surprise, if not the wine, of the night (this went to the 2001 on my scorecard). The 1987 was fresh and zesty, with good acidity, almost wholly absent of nutty flavours and, whilst perhaps straining a little on the finish, was just an absolutely delightful surprise and pleasure.
Much, better than last time, but started disappointingly, with nothing on the palate. After an hour, the wine had gained strength and concentration and ended up a pleasant drink without ever astonishing or delighting. Probably past its best, but still enjoyable in its own way.