Almost Gone! Ten Serious Grand Crus from the superb 2016 vintage

 

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Ten Serious Grand Crus from the superb 2016 vintage

Although decimated by frost the 2016 vintage will be remembered as one of the finest in recent decades. Whilst the quantities produced were severely limited the quality of both reds and whites is exceptional. At Grand Cru level there are many stunning wines.

Today I present 10 wines with excellent reviews that have nearly sold out. If you wish to secure some bottles please act quickly.

Domaine du Clos Frantin Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru 2016
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Frantin Grands Echezeaux
Burghound: 
(from a .4 ha parcel). Like several wines in the range here the nose is intensely floral in character that adds a sense of elegance to the discreetly spicy black berry fruit and hoisin-suffused aromas. There is a subtle salinity to the beautifully well-detailed and energetic big-bodied flavors that possess superb depth of material and outstanding complexity before terminating in a persistent, mouth coating and very firmly structured finish. This is old school in style and a wine that is going to need plenty of bottle age before the supporting tannins are resolved. 2036+. 92-95 Points

Tim Atkin MW: 
Honours are even between the Clos Frantin Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux in 2016, although the latter is a little more floral and open at this stage. Sourced from two parcels that are only 50 metres apart, it's a fine, polished, scented Grand Cru Pinot with balance, freshness and poise. 2024-30. 96 Points
Domaine Georges Lignier Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2016
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Lignier Bonnes-Mares Label
Tim Atkin MW: Despite the fact that his domaine is based in Morey-St-Denis, Benoit Stehly's 0.22 hectares are on the Chambolle side of the Grand Cru on red soils. This is the most impressive of his three Grand Cru bottlings in 2016. It's another wine that needs time, showing some reduction and firmish tannins, but the underlying fruit is sweet and well balanced. 2026-36. 95 Points

Vinous: Stephen Tanzer: 
(these vines on red soil in Chambolle-Musigny date back to 1926, with an average age of at least 70 years, according to Stehly; three barrels made, vs. a normal five): Bright medium red. Rather backward aromas of raspberry, menthol and spices convey a cool, lightly medicinal aspect. Densely packed and fresh, with a captivating sweetness perfectly countered by a salty element. The raspberry fruit is perfumed by dried rose petal and spicy soil tones. Finishes with terrific subtle floral length and lift. Stehly had previously harvested these vines late because he thought the fruit needed to be very mature, but he picked early in 2016 owing to the frost and liked the results so much that he may pick earlier in the future. Due to the small crop, Stehly vinified this wine in a small plastic tank and was unable to increase the fermentation temperature above 26 degrees C. (he prefers 30); this no doubt partly accounts for the wine's cooler perfume. 92-94 Points
Domaine Marchand-Grillot Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
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Marchand-Grillot Ruchottes Label
Darren Harris: Nose of red-black fruits, minerals and a little new oak spice. The multitude of layers begins draw you in, makes you think. The palate is silky, complex and beguiling - a continuation of the nose. The fruit is fresh, elegant and concentrated, culminating with a peacock's tail as the wine opens up. Very stylish indeed. A lovely example from this fine Grand Cru vineyard. Only 300 bottles produced.
Jerome Castagnier Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
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Castagnier Mazis label
Tiny production!

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Mid purplish crimson. Perfumed with deep, red-cherry fruit and some sweet oak spice. Notable freshness, and finesse in the tannins. Gentle and persistent. 17/20

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
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Domaine Christian Clerget Echezeaux Grand Cru 2016  
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Clerget Echezeaux En Orveaux label
Burghound: 
(from a 1.1 ha parcel located in En Orveaux that was planted in 1947, from yields of only 8 hl/ha). Reduction. The exceptionally rich, full-bodied and incredibly dense flavors possess outstanding power yet the palate impression is almost lush thanks to the remarkable level of dry extract that mostly buffers the robust, serious and built-to-age finish. Like the Charmes, despite the presence of a very firm tannic spine, this should be approachable young. 2028+. 91-94 Points

Albert Bichot Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru 2016
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Bichot Roche Label
Tim Atkin MW: The Bichot teams has total control over when these grapes are picked, which makes the distinction between négociant and domaine wines comparatively slight. This is an impressive rendition of one of Morey's two Grands Crus, with one-third new oak, fine-grained tannins and ripe, textured fruit. 2022-30.
 96 Points
Burghound: 
(from Genavrières). A highly complex and much earthier and sauvage-inflected nose offers up notes of cassis and blue pinot fruit that is nuanced by hints of smoke and spice. There is outstanding richness to the powerful, concentrated and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that possess strikingly impressive persistence on the austere, backward and very firmly structured finish. This brooding but most promising effort is quite compact at present and will need plenty of time to flesh out. 2033+. 92-95 Points
Domaine Jean Chartron Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2016
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Chartron Batard Label
Wine Advocate - Neal Martin
The 2016 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru was reduced from four to three barrels because of the frost. It has a fine peach skin, red apples and cold slate scented bouquet that opens with confidence with aeration. The palate is fresh on the entry, very focused and with a keen line of acidity. Very harmonious with superb salinity on the finish that keeps you coming back. Due to be bottled by Easter, try and bag one of the 750 odd bottles. 94-96 Points

John Gilman "View from the Cellar": 
The Chartron's parcel in Batard-Montrachet was devastated by frost damage and the crop was off by a full 70% in 2016. It is too bad there is so little wine here in this vintage, as the wine has turned out very well indeed. The bouquet is very pure and still very primary in personality, with full body, a rock solid core of fruit, racy acids and a very long, broad-shouldered and nascently complex finish. This is very early days for this wine still, bit it will prove to be outstanding. 2023-2050. 94+ Points


Louis Latour Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2016
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laour chevalier hi label
James Suckling Tasting Report
Compacted and powerful yet always in finesse and beauty. Great transparency. Full-bodied, tight and focused with lemongrass, stone, dried lemons and green apples. Excellent length. Drink a couple of years after release and beyond. 97-98 Points

Domaine Morey-Coffinet Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2016
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Morey-Coffinet Batard Label
Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report"
From the Chassagne side, close to the only tree in the vineyard! One-third of a normal harvest here. One row of vines near the wall was fine, but the deeper into the vineyard you moved, the more frosted it became.
Freshness and a little salinity too. Hmm, fine intensity here - really a changing flavour, continuously evolving in the mouth. Some salinity and layers of flavour. Excellent wine...
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Darren 

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2016 numbers
Over 70 Grand Crus from 2016 
still available
Quantities were small and sales have been strong but we still have a fine range of Grand Crus from 2016 available. Over 70 different in fact.

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