Robert Parker – 92
The 2016 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is also quite youthfully reserved, reluctantly revealing reticent aromas of earthy cassis and spices that’s framed by a nicely integrated but generous application of new oak. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, ample and chewy, with a broad and chunky attack, a rich chassis of tannins and bright acids, concluding with a firm, somewhat angular finish. While the wine’s equilibrium appears to have been impacted by the frost, the raw materials are sufficiently promising that I suspect time will be kind to it and round out its hard edges.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2050
Vinous – 91-94
(at 13% potential alcohol, this cuvée was the highest in octane in 2016 and was not chaptalized; these vines were affected by frost–the yield was 24 hectoliters per hectare–but not to the same extent as the estate’s Echézeaux and Musigny): Dark red with ruby tones. Captivating, ripe, soil-driven nose shows savory mineral and spice nuances. Silky on entry, then fine-grained and elegant in the middle palate, with nothing hard or rustic about it. Cherry and redcurrant fruit flavors are complicated by saline mineral notes and a suggestion of anise. Finishes with full, mounting, harmonious tannins and lovely energy and length. Very classic Clos Vougeot