Vinous – 92
The 2016 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru, 100% whole bunches, does not quite possess the same delineation as the previous vintage on the nose, the fruit is a little darker, with touches of black cherry and damson, and a hint of undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, juicy black cherry and raspberry fruit, much spicier than I remember with cola and graphite notes towards the finish. Fine, although I prefer the 2015. Tasted at the Domaine de L’Arlot tasting at La Cabotte in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2042
Decanter – 93
A weighty, impressive and appealing Vosne-Romanée with dark fruit notes, density and voluptuousness which is kept in check by impressive acidity. One of the few wines where any oak flavour was noted – but even here it’s pretty subtle. 100% whole bunch.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2032
JancisRobinson.com – 17
Looks quite evolved. Bright ruby. Lots of evolution making a flattering, complex wine with lovely freshness. Light texture on the finish. Very appetising drink now but clearly this has some way to go too. Real energy here. Very Vosne!
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2032
Jasper Morris – 94
A bright clean fresh purple colour, with some reductive elements to an otherwise stylish, floral and fresh red fruit nose. Probably some stems here. Tightly wound, quite a complex mix of flavours on the palate, more red than black fruit with some fresh citrus notes too. Long, poised, complex.
Burghound – 91
Outstanding – An exuberantly spicy nose flashes notes of Asian-style tea, black cherry and sandalwood, all of which is trimmed in noticeable oak influence. Here too there is a lovely texture to the equally succulent, round and sappy flavors that coat the palate and particularly so on the moderately austere and slightly warm finale that displays sneaky good length. This impressive effort is shaped by fine-grained tannins and overall, this is very Vosne in style. (Drink starting 2028)
Robert Parker – 93-95
“The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots includes 100% whole cluster with 50% new oak. It has a refined, elegant, mild-mannered bouquet with pure raspberry preserve, cranberry and subtle tobacco scents that unroll with aeration, though never quite delivering the opulence synonymous with the premier cru. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle but insistent grip on the entry. In some ways, the whole bunch addition lends this structure and shifts it toward, say, a Malconsorts in style (not to suggest that is necessarily a bad thing!). Linear and precise, it will require 7 to 10 years in bottle to really show its best. The bottom line is that this is one of the finest Les Suchots that I tasted in 2016.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045