La Paulée 2019 Grand Tasting of 2016 Burgundy

Pier Sixty, New York

Tasted March 9, 2019 by JOsgood with 231 views

Introduction

These brief notes are my informal opinions of some of the wines I tasted during the event. I did not take detailed notes. Instead, these are my general impressions. In general, I believe this is a good vintage but not a great vintage. Clearly, the reds were stronger than the whites. I found some of the whites lacking the zip that I prefer from vintages like 2014 and 2010. Another excellent Daniel Johnnes event with plenty of great wines and delicious food to sample.

Flight 1 (43 notes)

Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
This was superb and one of my favorite wines of the day. Gorgeous and pure VR. Very open and expressive. My favorite 'backyard vineyard'.
Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Light and elegant. Plenty open and expressive. Some earthy notes. Lovely.
Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Showing some spice and tannins. Quite refined and elegant. A great one to cellar.
Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
97 points
My top wine of the day. So elegant and polished. Like drinking liquid velvet. Tremendous wine.
Red
2016 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée La Colombiere France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
Not much to this. Really light in color and body. Elegant.
Red
2016 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
A definite step up with this wine. More body and structure. Very fine.
Red
2016 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Best of the range for me. Nice weight with pure and lacy red fruits. Gorgeous stuff but way too pricey.
Red
2016 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Expected more out of this wine. Liked the Reignots better. Light for level, don't see this going long in the cellar.
Red
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
Medium in weight. Classical in style. Very nice.
Red
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vougeot 1er Cru
Lighter with good balance. Ok.
Red
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Stepping up in intensity and weight. A bit tannic and in need of time.
Red
2016 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
All class with elegance, length and complexity. Terrific stuff.
White
2016 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
Just ok, lacking the verve and cut I want in a white Burgundy.
White
2016 Domaine Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Âne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Decent enough but I wouldn't pay the tariff. Lacking bite.
White
2016 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Now we are talking. A beautiful white Burgundy.
White
2016 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Fantastic white Burgundy. So much depth and complexity on the finish.
Red
2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St. Denis Trilogie France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis
Nice, good fruit and balance.
Red
2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
Earthy, classic Burgundy in flavor. Medium weight. Good +
Red
2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
Gorgeous stuff. Love this bottling and this is a good vintage for the wine.
Red
2016 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Definitely one for the cellar. I found this a bit backward today but clearly full of weight and grand cru raw materials.
White
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Clos St. Landry Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
Nice stuff. Good fruit and oak frame.
Red
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Nice stuff. Good fruit and balance. Pure and red fruited.
White
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Domaine France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Nice showing. Big and rich on the palate with a finish of minerals and spice.
White
2016 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Super stuff. Lovely tension and minerals.
White
2016 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Meursault 1er Cru Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Killer stuff. Love the style here.
White
2016 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Excellent. Lots of minerals and acid. Love the style. Great showing for this house.
White
2016 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
Best white of the day. Great mouthfeel and endless finish. Terrific juice.
White
2016 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
Good cut with slight reduction. Nice finish.
White
2016 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
A nice step up. A real Charmer.
Red
2016 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Delicious stuff. Pure and deep.
Red
2016 Dominique Lafon Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
Really not interesting at all. Pass.
Red
2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St. Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Tasty stuff. This domaine was a real standout here.
Red
2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Gorgeous stuff. Mid weight with elegance.
Red
2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Wow, this was fantastic.
Red
2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Lovely stuff. Tasting like a Grand Cru. Serious stuffing on the palate. Wow!
Red
2016 Domaine Y. Clerget Volnay France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay
A bit ripe with lots of muscle.
Red
2016 Domaine Y. Clerget Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Hard to get a read on this, rather shutdown. Lay it down for a long while.
Red
2016 Domaine Y. Clerget Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Rather big and need of time. Don't open anytime soon.
Red
2016 Domaine Y. Clerget Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Big and in need of time. I wouldn't buy this personally.
Red
2016 David Duband Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Louis Auguste France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits
Tasting pour. Easy drinking. Nice value play for the level.
Red
2016 David Duband Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting pour. Nice, like the style here. Honest with some earthy notes.
Red
2016 David Duband Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Tasting pour. Attractive wine. Good spice and balance. Like the style ++
Red
2016 David Duband Charmes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Tasting pour. Light and fragrant. Attractive fruit. The lower level wines are a much better value.
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