From: London, England
Yesterday I was lucky enough to try probably 80 or so Burgundy's from 2016 (with a few 13, 14 and 15 thrown in).
Here are my thoughts if anyone is interested.
2016 Chablis is great.
2016 Whites are generally all very good. Even some Haut Cotes were good.
2016 reds I tasted were embryonic and had that young bonbon thing going on and I would say quite different in general from what I discovered in 2015 EP.
Tasting various whites side by side, 16s reminded me more of 14s than any other. Real persistence, concentration and deliciousness with lots of structure to them.
I worry a little more for most of the reds I tasted - were the yields reduced so much that they have tried to get too much out of the grapes? Over-concentration? Most of the wines were not delicate... but again, they are so young and some were even tank samples.
In general of the reds I would say they are very good, but maybe missing the magic sparkle that 15s had. So if you buy certain wines every year you have nothing to worry about, you will be happy with them. And some wines which are often less exciting may have been more exciting than normal with low yields giving them real heft... tollot beaut's chorey-les-beaune was very good and had more weight than normal.
My wines of the day were
Claude Dugat's 2015s - i mean, wow, these were ridiculously good. (but irrelevant to the 2016 discussion). The Bourgogne Rouge (serious bourgogne), Gevrey Chambertin and Gevrey 1er Cru (very impressive) were all wonderful. For the money, I guess I would go for the Gevrey-Chambertin (my brief note being: rich, long, serious, beautiful, 12%abv).
Albert Bichot's and Michel Noellat's.
My standout Chablis was the Vieille Voye by Domaine Laroche - but all of their wines were great, loads of stuffing to them!
Micro-negociant David Moret's wines were all very good too (whites).
I enjoyed the whites of Chateau de Santenay - the Clos de la Chaise Dieu, Mercurey 'Le Roc Blanc' and Saint-Aubin 'En Vesvau'.
Also enjoyed their reds - Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets, Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi, Alox-Corton 'Les Brunettes et Planchots'.
Jane Eyre's reds were very enjoyable too - the Cote de Nuits Villages + Gevrey-Chambertin.
Other wines I liked:
Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis GC Les Vaudesirs and GC La Moutonne
Domaine Guy Amiot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie
Domaine du Pavillon Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Domaine Michel Noellat Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots, Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots and Les Beaux Monts. From the 2015 and 13s I also enjoyed the Beaux Monts.
Then I was lucky to taste Albert Bichot's Clos de Vougeot, Charmes Chambertin, Bonnes Mares and Chambertin. The Chambertin was very structured and austere, the Charmes was perfumed and delicate and the Bonnes Mares somewhere in between. For the money I would take the Charmes Chambertin even though it will probably live half the time of the Chambertin... who has the patience!
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