2016 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Rouges du Dessus. $130.95 a Bottle Pre Arrival! Having trouble

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Domaine Roblot-Marchand have been family winemakers since 1910. Frederic, the current winemaker, is the 4th generation having taken the reigns in 2001 at the tender age of 24. It is a small domaine of just 8.5 hectares with excellent Premier Cru and Villages parcels in Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanee and Gevrey-Chambertin, as well as a killer Bourgogne Rouge from Chambolle-Musigny.

I first tasted their wines at the Grand Jours de Bourgogne in 2016 and this year we imported our first shipment from them. It was 75% sold out before it left France.

We all know how difficult it is to find Vosne-Romanee in top vintages. It is a small commune, rich in high-priced Grand Crus, poor in quantity and over burdened by huge global demand. 

Roblot-Marchand, being located in Chambolle-Musigny, have a lovely range from that commune (more about them later). But almost hidden in their range is a real gem - Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Rouges du Dessus.

If it were not for its high position between 300 and 340 metres on the cote Les Rouge du Dessus would probably be Grand Cru. Long ago the bulk of vineyard was annexed into Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas, one of Burghound's favourite climats of the Grand Cru.

Here the topsoil is only 30 to 40cm deep and rich in broken limestone rock. A high iron content makes the soil look red when wet, hence the name. This difficult soil helps limit yields and thus improves the quality of the wine. 

There are only six owners of the Premier Cru Les Rouges du Dessus. The total size of the vineyard is just 2.62 hectares and Domaine Roblot-Marchand own almost half - 1.11 hectares. Other well known owners include Albert Bichot, Cecile Tremblay and Jean Grivot.

If you are a fan of Vosne-Romanee do grab some of this wine whilst you can. The 2016 vintage is lovely - read winehog.org's evaluation at right.

The wine is available at a 15% Pre Arrival Discount. At just $130.95 it is great value for a Vosne Premier Cru.
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Rouges 
du Dessus 2016
Landed Price $153.95
Pre Arrival Price $130.95

Roblot-Marchand Vosne Rouges NV label Darren Harris: The top wine of a brief tasting at the domaine in October 2017. The new vintage was in and most 2016's had just been racked (not this wine) so there was much activity in the cellars. 
Considerably deeper and darker than the previous wines. A nose of spice, small berries and violets. The palate expands to add mineral notes and displays the gorgeous juice of the 2016 vintage which is fresh, lively and very floral. Clearly Vosne. A lovely sense of balance - intensity without weight. A super wine again. Better than the 2015? I think it could be.

To view and purchase the wine on line click here. You may also order by email to asaf@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephone.

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Winehog.org on the 2016's
The first two days of tasting have confirmed the very fine quality of the 2016 vintage.
It is prefered to the 2015s by quite many producers due to the cool and more classic style of the 2016 vintage - and I certainly can understand why - to some degree at least.
I have now completed the first full version of the vintage report for the 2016 red Burgundies - after tastings in March, June and October 2017. The 2016 reds are in many cases truly lovely and in some cases even genuinely magnificent. It's however also a both complex and intriguing vintage, as both style and quality show quite some variation.
The 2016 vintage is complex in many ways - the growing season was both hard and troublesome, and this also translates into some both complex wines and a rather challenging evaluation of the vintage.
For the reds there are several different styles of 2016s as the wines significantly affected by the frost often offer a different and more intense style. Furthermore wines that include fruit from the secondary generation or grapes also can offer different aromatic facets of the vintage, than the wines based only on first generation grapes.
So this is indeed a complex vintage on all levels ... but this is Burgundy and a lot of complexity is mostly good; Don't you think?!
The very low temperatures on the night between April 26th and April 27th devastated many vineyards and with that the hopes of many vignerons.
Presumably the worst frost since the 1981 vintage and the frost was atypical as vineyards like Musigny and Montrachet + other great vineyards were very badly hit. Under normal circumstances the worst affected vineyards would be the ones at the bottom of the slope - near the D974 - when a very severe frost hits Burgundy. In the end the frost resulted in damage - if not randomly - then almost all over Burgundy, and lowered the yields significantly in many plots and vineyards - from small losses to almost total destruction in the worst cases.
The basic style of the 2016 vintage
In my view the 2016s are very well balanced and offer a fine concentration. They are cooler than the 2015s and offer a fine transparency and a lovely juicy and fresh fruit. In most wines the fruit is lighter in color than the 2015s and offer a fine floral energy. The acidity is very fine giving a lovely fresh and vibrant tension.
They are classic styled wines with a lovely balance and a fine intensity - although lighter than the 2015s in most cases.
2016s! - Better than the 2015s
Most winemakers prefer the more classic style of the 2016s to the rich and generous 2015s. This tendency is pretty clear - whereas the statements about the quality level are a bit more vague.
Some think the 2015s are better quality wise, but the 2016 style is preferred - whereas others prefer both style and the quality of the 2016s.

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