10 of the Best Premier Cru Red Burgundies from the Glorious 2016 Vintage

10 of the Best Premier Cru Red Burgundies from the Glorious 2016 Vintage

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Ten Top Premier Cru Reds from the Glorious 2016 Vintage
 
The 2016 vintage in Burgundy produced some of the most wonderful wines I have seen. At Premier Cru level there are simply many wonderful wines that display the freshness and vitality of the vintage with depth, complexity and intensity.

Today I have picked ten wines that I feel are very special. They all have that little something extra that makes them stand out from the pack.

Quantities of some wines are very limited and I have listed quantities available.

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2016  
750ml Normally $199.95
Special $169.95
1500ml MAGNUM Normally $399.90
Special $339.90
12 bottles and 2 Magnums available

Chauvete Perrieres label 2 Darren Harris: Chauvenet own parcels in seven Nuits Premier Crus including Les Vaucrains, Les Damodes and Les Bousselots but it is their small 0.23 hectare parcel in Les Perrieres that has me gob-smacked in 2016. The wine combines red and black fruits in a lifted, aromatic nose with minerals in spades. It is fresh and vibrant yet deeply flavoured with subtle spices playing in the background. 1/3 new oak contributes to the freshness and ensures the wine remains lifted and aromatic. This is really fine NSG Premier Cru with an elegant character yet never losing its stamp of origin. Only 3 barrels produced in 2016. Very fine quality.
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Boucherottes Monopole 2016
Normally $171.50
Pre Arrival Price $128.50
Third shipment coming!
Coste-Caumartin Boucherottes label
Gilbert & Gaillard: A garnet color with ruby highlights. Racy nose, floral presence with greedy Morello cherry. The palate seduces by its scale, its elegance, its fullness. One praises to the skies for its fruit, its floral dimension, its generous tannic finish. A 2016 with an entire character. 
96 Points

Darren Harris: Deep purple-red. Intense nose of cool black fruits - mostly cherries - and huge minerality. Refined and cool. Tight, very tight. The super low cropping adds layer upon layer on a textured palate culminating in an amazing peacock's tail and a very long stony finish.The silky tannins are extremely fine and coated by the velvety fruit.The domaine sets out to make this wine as a Grand Cru with extremely low cropping and beautiful handling. They succeed admirably. I don't think I have ever tasted a Pommard quite like this. It reminds me of a theoretical blend of Corton Clos du Roi, Clos Vougeot and Clos de la Roche with each coming to the fore as the wine sits in the glass. It is a sensual wine and is very special indeed. Forget your pre-conceived idea of Pommard. This is a super wine of Grand Cru quality.
Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2016
Normally $229.95
Special $172.50
37 bottles available
Varoilles varoilles label Tim Atkin MWJust down the hill from La Romanée - another monopoly vineyard for this domaine - the Clos is a six-hectare vineyard that has made a delectable wine in 2016. It's deliciously scented and appealing, couched in a lighter style, with poise and finesse, redcurrant and red cherry fruit and filigree tannins. 2022-28. 94 Points

Darren Harris: Immediately south of La Romanee, high in the combe. Clos des Varoilles in a significant monopole of almost 6 hectares that was planted in the second half of the 13th century by the Chapter of Langres before it was dispossessed during the French Revolution. 
45-65 year old vines, 40% new oak. Deeper and richer than La Romanee with more breadth and complexity. Darker fruits with some liquorice-scented floral notes and a hint of wildness. There is a fine spine of acidity running through the wine which ensures, despite some weight, it remains balanced and captivating.  A Premier Cru to add to your must buy list.

Domaine des Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2016
Normally $256.95
Special $192.50
16 bottles available

Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2016 
750ml Normally $375.00
Pre Arrival Price $318.50
Case of 12 Bottles $3599.40
1500ml Magnum Normally $750.00
Pre Arrival Price $637.00
Second shipment coming
Frantin Malconsorts Label
James Suckling MW: 
Beautiful crushed roses with an array of fresh raspberries and red cherries, as well as light mocha and oak spices in the background. The palate has excellent tannin maturity and depth. A bold, explosive finish. This is exceptional. This elegant vintage has delivered a wine with real clarity and detail. But still needs some time. Try from 2024. 
94-95 Points

Tim Atkin MW: The Bichot holdings run to 1.75 hectares and cover both the upper and lower parts of the Premier Cru. This is a sturdy, almost austere expression of the site with serious tannins, dense, chewy black fruits and a touch of mint. Very well made, but needs considerable time in bottle. 2028-38. 94 Points

Domaine Jerome Castagnier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Aux Cheseaux 2016 
Normally $190.95
Special $162.50
22 bottles available
Castagnier Morey label
Jasper Morris MW: Rich dense concentrated purple, plenty of oak but the fruit easily wins, incredible density. Ripe dark cherries, plums, dark raspberries, a nice touch of oak, rich but absolutely beautiful, and the finish is exceptional. 
94 Points
Hospices de Beaune Volnay 1er Cru Cuvee Blondeau 2016
Normally $199.95
Special $149.95
27 bottles available

Hospices Volnay Blondeau 2016 label
Darren Harris:
From barrel: Deep, saturated purple. Quite expressive even at this early stage with cool but intense spicy red and black fruits. Nice fruit volume on the palate with underlying acidity providing freshness. Like all top Volnay it has a sense of style; concentration without excess weight. It is early days but this has all the hallmarks of a classic Volnay from great vineyards. It will interesting to follow in barrel over the next year.
From bottle: this has now been bottled for more than 6 months. It still has the same saturated colour with a high level of spice and serious fruit weight. I also see violets, minerals and bitter cherry. No doubt the frosts of 2016 affected the cropping level and have ensured the fruit here is deep, textured and complex. 2016 was an outstanding vintage for Volnay in general and this is certainly one of the most serious cuvees I have tasted. Some patience will be required but this is going to live up to the promise it showed in barrel and become one exceptional Volnay.
From bottle: this has now been bottled for more than 6 months. It still has the same saturated colour with a high level of spice and serious fruit weight. I also see violets, minerals and bitter cherry. No doubt the frosts of 2016 affected the cropping level and have ensured the fruit here is deep, textured and complex. 2016 was an outstanding vintage for Volnay in general and this is certainly one of the most serious cuvees I have tasted. Some patience will be required but this is going to live up to the promise it showed in barrel and become one exceptional Volnay.

Domaine Marchand-Grillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perriere 2016 
Normally $220.95
Special $187.50
20 bottles available

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Darren Harris Located below Mazis-Chambertin Marchand-Grillot's Perrieres always sings of its terroir. We have layered flavours of cherries and plums but most of all cool stonyness on the nose. The palate is zippy, fresh and focused with deep flavours and a sense of relative lightness. The tannins are very fine and coat the fruit. A tremendous wine in 2016.
Domaine Rene Cacheux Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 2016
Normally $266.50
Special $226.50

Cacheux Rene Beaux Monts label
Darren Harris
Just 4 Barrels from a 0.17 ha holding. Vine age 60-70 years. 100% destemmed. Deep red-garnet. Very pure nose of cherry, rose petal and marzipan. Cool and deep. Sleek, muscled and mineral with spices rising as the wine sits in the glass. A hint of smoke, typical of the vineyard. Refined and harmonious with just the right amount of tannin on the finish. A very stylish Vosne.
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Darren 

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Domaine de Varoilles Monopole, Premier Cru and Grand Cru Dinner at Noir 
Tuesday 13 August
2 seats left

Named after a 12th century Premier Cru vineyard, the Domaine des Varoillles has expanded over the years to cover 10 hectares in 8 special appellations.
 
The meticulous Gilbert Hammel is in charge of the vineyards which include 4 Monoples in Gevrey-Chambertin! 
 
The Combe de Lavaux is the site of Gevrey-Chambertin's finest Premier Crus. The cool breeze and slight shading ensure an elegance and purity that is seldom seen in Gevrey-Chambertin. Whilst we all know Clos St-Jacques, Lavaux St-Jacques and Les Cazetiers, Domaine des Varoilles has the priviledge of owing the two most exciting vineyards in the Combe de Lavaux - La Romanee and Clos des Varoilles. They are the most westerly vineyards where the unique micro climate produces wines of unparalled interest. Combine that with very old vineyards and you have something super special. 
 
However, I venture to say that few people know of La Romanee and Clos des Varoilles and even fewer have tasted the wines as they are both monopoles from a domaine not previously imported into Australia.
 
Our first shipment of 2016's from Domaine des Varoilles was met with great interest and most wines rapidly sold out. I did something I rarely do and reordered more wines from the domaine. This second shipment arrives late July along with a selection of back vintages from the domaine.
 
We have decided to show the wines at a dinner on Tuesday 13 August at Noir.  We will present the full range of 2016's including the four monopoles, both cuvees of the Clos des Varoilles and the Grand Crus Charmes-Chambertin and Clos Vougeot.
 
To finish we have a bracket of 4 back vintages including another bottle of the rare Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles made from 100 year old vines.
 
If you are a fan of Gevrey-Chambertin you owe it to yourself to taste these wines. They are stunningly good. They are rich and powerful, yet multi-layered and full of spice. I have enjoyed hearing numerous blind tasters tell me they think the wines are from Vosne-Romanee. 
 
To read the tasting notes for the wines being served at the dinner click here.
 
The menu and wine list:
 
On arrival
Chicken liver pate profiteroles, port soaked currants
Rosemary and parmesan panisse, anchovy dressing

Salad of dry cured pork saucisson, quinoa, beetroot and
black cherry, liquorice dressing
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Couvent Monopole 2016
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Meix des Ouches Monopole 2016 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2016 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Romanee Monopole 2016

Confit duck ravioli, smoked cinnamon soubise
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2016 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2016
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016 

Eye fillet and braised shoulder of Rangers Valley 'Black Market' beef, hazelnut crust, truffle gratin dauphinois
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Romanee Monopole 2014   
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2014 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Vieilles Vignes Monopole 2015
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos des Varoilles Monopole Cuvee Prestige 100% Vieilles Vignes 2014 
 
Sticky date pudding, Rutherglen muscat icecream
 
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Noir, 175 Swan Street, Richmond 3121
Cost: $250.00.00 per person

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Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner
Thursday 26 September at Yagiz
Selling fast

Discover your inner Burgundy...
 
How do you learn more about Burgundy? Reading is informative and a trip to the vineyards can be very constructive. But nothing is better than tasting and comparing wines and talking about them with like minded, enthusiastic wine lovers.

Our Understanding the intricacies of Burgundy Dinner is going to do just that.

We have assembled 7 Pairs of wines. Each Pair has everything in common - well, except for one variable. 

The difference might be maker, vintage, vineyard or level. But apart from that one element the wines are fundamentally the same - at least on the surface.

We will taste and compare each Pair of wines and discuss what makes the wines different. It should be a great exercise and I am sure will increase everyone's understanding of the intricacies of Burgundy. We'll do it over dinner at Yagiz where the food will be a great counterpoint to the wine.

School was never this much fun!
 
The wine list:
 
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrieres 2017
Domaine Jean Chartron St Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien 2017
 
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2016
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Les Croichots 2015
 
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2015
Domaine Roblot-Marchand Chambolle-Musigny 2012
 
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 2016
Domaine Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans 2016
 
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers 2016
Domaine Coste-Caumartin Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Boucherottes Monopole 2016
 
Domaine Jerome Chezeaux Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 2015
Domaine Michel Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots 2015
 
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2014
Albert Bichot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux-St-Jacques 2012
 
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Yagiz Restaurant
22 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141
Cost: $195.00 per Person 
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