Domaine Jean Chartron 2016 Pre Arrival Offer. Arriving Next Month. Great Reviews from John Gilma

 

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A magnificent array of White Burgundy from one of the greatest producers of our generation. Great reviews from Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report" and John Gilman "A View from the Cellar"
Almost Gone. Wines arrive next month
Domaine Jean Chartron has a magnificent range of wines from Puligny-Montrachet and nearby. Today he is firmly in the first league consistently producing wines of great complexity. Bill Nanson says "This domaine - as for the last 2-3 years - was an absolute highlight. It was too early to properly appraise the last three wines that were still in barrel - but before them were some magical wines!"

Those of you who follow white Burgundy will have seen how Chartron habitually outscores old favourites like Domaines Leflaive and Sauzet.
 
Unfortunately, the weather played havoc with 2016 and hail and frost means that there will be no Montrachet, Savigny-les-Beaune Pimentiers or Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles. The Premier Cru production was about 50% of normal. Some of your other favourites are available, but often only a few bottles remain.

We have added tasting notes to our website from John Gilman's A View from the Cellar. The reviews are exceptional. If you wish to secure some of these wines you will need to act quickly.

All wines are available at our usual 15% Pre Arrival Discount.
 
Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2016
Normally $695.00
Pre Arrival Price $591.50
12 bottles remaining

Chartron Batard Label
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

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": 20-25 hl/ha this year. A little barrel spice (here a mix of a newer and older barrels) yellow fruit below. A little gas. Very impressive width, and flavour that saturates the palate. Fine freshness, but this is a wine of density and weight of flavour. It will really need some time in bottle.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016
Normally $426.95
Pre Arrival Price $362.95
13 bottles remaining

Chartron Corton Label
John Gilman View from the Cellar: 
The Chartrons lost forty percent of their production in Corton-Charlemagne in 2016. The wine has turned out beautifully, offering up a complex nose of pear, apple, hazelnuts, a touch of iodine, a fine base of chalky soil tones, a touch of honeycomb and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a rock solid core, impressive cut and grip and a long, nascently complex and focused finish. This is nicely round on the attack and snappy on the backend, which augurs very well for its future development. 2023-2060. 94+ Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": 
The first wine tasted from barrel. Bright, mineral, saline and citrus. A little gas, but beautiful silky texture and a hint of fat. Wide, wide, wide. Slowly fading in the finish. A classic, mineral Charlemagne, and excellent.
Puligny-Montrachet 2016
Normally $162.95
Pre Arrival Price $138.50
36 bottles remaining

Chartron Puligny Villages Label
John Gilman View from the Cellar: 
The villages level bottling of Puligny-Montrachet from the Chartron family is one of the finest in the village and the wine has turned out beautifully in 2016. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a very stylish blend of pear, white peach, crème patissière, chalky soil tones, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with bright, zesty acids, fine focus and grip and a long, classy and very well-balanced finish. I would try to give this at least a year's worth of bottle age to allow it to really blossom. 2019-2035. 91-92 Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": 
Normally three parcels with a hint of 1er from the Meursault side. Mainly Sous la Velle, Levrons and Rue Rousseau, plus some must from colleagues as i own only a dozen ouvrees. This year less touched by frost - some parts a normal rendement. A more perfumed freshness. Lots of energy, a little more weight - it deserves its place after the St.Aubins - a little more oak in the finishing flavours, but bold, fresh and pure. 
Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": Here the nose, still lemony, but more compact. Not a bit compact on the palate - mouth-watering, faint gas, more saline - at this stage it's behind the Perrières this year, but it's lovely wine all the same.

St Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016
Normally $115.50
Pre Arrival Price $97.95
14 bottles remaining

Chartron St-Aubin Perrieres label
John Gilman View from the Cellar: 
The premier cru of Perrières was more heavily frosted than Murgers in 2016 and the production here was down by about half in this vintage. The wine has turned out very nicely chez Chartron, offering up lovely precision on both the nose and palate and even a bit more core than the very good Murgers. The nose is a fine blend of apple, pear, chalky minerality, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid, with lovely balance, bright acids and fine cut and grip on the long, complex and zesty finish. Fine juice. 2019-2035. 91-92 Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": 
A plot bought from Chateau Pommard in 2008. Vibrant, yellow citrus. Energy, and freshness, framed by a mouth-watering citrus deliciousness. Vibrant wine!

Rully Montmorin 2016
Normally $115.50
Pre Arrival Price $97.95
19 bottles remaining

Chartron Rull label2
John Gilman View from the Cellar: 
Happily, the domaine's parcels in Rully were spared from the frost in 2016. The wine has turned out very well indeed, offering up a classically stony bouquet of lemon, apple, citrus peel, vanillin oak and plenty of wet stone minerality. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and nicely reserved out of the blocks, with a good core and fine focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. This could use a year in the cellar to start to stir and should age very nicely for its level. 2019-2030. 89 Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report":
 A lovely, extra depth and clean impression to the nose. A little more composed, but longer, narrower and with a melting, intensity. Needs a little more time vs the Hautes Côtes, but delicious, despite more structure in the finish.

To view and order the wines on our website click here.You may also order by email to luke@grandmillesime.com.au or phone. The wines will arrive in Australia late next month.
 
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2016 White Burgundy
Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report"
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Whilst recent headlines shout that 2017 could be the lowest volume wine harvest in France since 1945, that's not the case in Burgundy - that's 2016. The 2016 crop was devastated by frost - a gelée noire or black frost - this is where the vines are frozen overnight and is, of-course, more damaging than the gelée blanche or white frost, which is the frost that forms only at 5 a.m. / dawn.

But not everywhere was devasted. At least 50% was lost, but in that easy to say 'average' there were vines that delivered nothing and those that avoided the frost completely so provided a normal yield. Growers will tell you 'Better frost than hail, because unlike hail, frost won't affect the quality of what remains.' - of-course mildew won't help either and there was that too!

You have to go back to 2011 or even 2009 for the last decent harvest volume - at least in the Côte d'Or - so young domaines, or those without reserves have had a torrid time in the last years, absolutely dreading a call from their bank managers. 

As always, you can refer back to my commentary about the 2016 growing season, but here we can talk about the wines - so let's get to it...

The whites of 2016

Some growers and many writers will tell you that the vintage is highly variable, because there are those producers that were frosted and those that were not, and there are those that picked early and those that did not. Because of those things, they will tell you that it is a highly variable vintage. I'm here to tell you that it is much simpler than that:

Frosted or not, picked early or not, the wines show the character of vintage really well. More importantly, I choose to describe 2016 as a 'classic vintage' but in this instance I am hijacking the phrase to simply say that in this case, classic means that the great producers made great wines, and the less good producers made less good wines.

Of-course there is variability on the level of attainment of individual wines, and you can see that in the producer reports. But it's important to say that the character of the vintage shines through everywhere. Elegant, fresh and delicious - I think that I have certainly overused the word delicious in my tasting notes this year - perhaps to the extent of abuse!
Except for discussing yields with producers, I have had such pleasure working my way through the tastings this year - and that's because I absolutely love the vintage. To put that into context, 2014 remains my absolute reference point (since the 1996s I tasted in barrel*) but the style of fruit in 2014 has a slightly cold, more mineral and sometimes masochistic side.

I find the vintage style for 2016 is not unlike that of 2014, with just a little less power - if certainly not concentration. The 2016s have fine energy and classically pure fruit - it's a really engaging purity that is delivered with much more elegance than you will find in the vast majority of wines from 2014 - or of-course 2015 for that matter! But what is the style of the vintage you should rightly ask?
2014: Flavour delivered in waves. Fruit in the lime/citrus style, often with mineral and reductive elements. Excellent terroir definition.
2015: Flavour was more layered. Fruit was in an agrume style, often with reductive elements, less mineral. Good, not excellent terroir definition
2016: Flavour delivered in a more melting style, the flavour much more yellow/lemon/citrus styled, with very much less reduction in wines, minerality between 2014 and 2015. Excellent terroir definition.

Regionally:
The Mâconnais has done very well, but was badly hailed on its southern border with Beaujolais - so there is much less St.Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé - but at least the hail came before there was any fruit - so there was no effect on quality.
Chablis also suffered the frost - the volumes are low there too - I plan to taste there, as usual, in January.
The wines of the Côte de Beaune show a little variability - but much less than many commentators would have you believe.

Taking 2014 as my benchmark, the 2016 Côte de Beaunes are:
- Possibly more concentrated but with a less overt punch to the flavours
- The acidities are equally good with, in general, a very fine freshness. Relatively rare are the lifeless wines.
- Almost equally pure with great energy, but the style of 2016 is more elegant - the balance can be compelling
-The best 2016's are more
accessible than the best 2014s though clearly not from the perspective of volume...
- At their best, the 2016s can be emotional wines, a number of times there were particular wines that stuck in my mind for hours afterwards
- The 2016s show the terroirs just as well as the 2014s with just a little less overt minerality - that's the 'cool' side of the 2014s - a little less salinity in the 2016s.
- Fewer reductive style choices - or simply the vintage in 2016 has less reduction
- As many compelling wines in 2016 as in 2014, and many more than in 2015.
- Lack of availability really means that 2016 cannot be considered as a potential new benchmark, and the Bourgognes in 2014 were not just more plentiful, they were often better...
 

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