Vinous – 91-93
(almost finished with its malo; the alcohol here is in the high 13s, from a good-sized crop–about 35 hectoliters per hectare for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here–harvested on October 1): Pale, bright yellow. Smells chalky and deep if subdued, offering scents of apple, menthol and spices. Savory, tactile wine with a lovely touch of sweetness and an element of medicinal herbs. Very rich, layered, soil-driven wine with chewy extract and classic dryness. Quite full and ripe but very chalky throughout. A bit aggressive on the end, but then this wine still has some unconverted malic acidity.
Robert Parker – 92.25
The 2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a youthfully tight-knit bouquet of crisp green orchard fruit, lemon oil, smoke and beeswax. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, delicately textural and incisive, with tangy acids, good concentration at the core and a long, precise finish. With its racy profile, this is built for the cellar.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2036
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
Naughty heavy bottle. Struck-match notes, with spicy, almost meaty intensity. Chewy, creamy and intense, with lovely length. Classy white burgundy. (TJ)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040