A blank page … a new vintage … new opportunities … further Bourgudian delights.
The beauty of Burgundy is the change and the diversity … a new vintage always represent a new expression of the terroirs and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Aligote.
Francois Millet, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
I have tasted many vintages, and many vignerons even more, yet it’s almost impossible to pin-point what vintage the current vintage resembles.
This perfectly illustrates the complexity and the delicacy of Burgundy – all vintages bring a new expression – sometimes in contrast to the last vintage, sometimes complimenting the latter – but always diviating from other vintages in one way or another.
Hence the 2016 vintage is a blank new page waiting to be explored, consumed and enjoyed.
The initial impression of the 2016 Vintage
On my March 2017 trip to Burgundy I tasted a small range of white and red 2016s – just to form a first impression of the vintage – in fact I even tasted a few in late January.
The 2016 vintage is very much different from the rich and somewhat hot 2015 vintage, as the wines have more acidity and freshness than the 2015s – a more classic vintage no doubt.
The first reports from producers are optimistic regarding quality and very depressing regarding the quantities … some estates are more than 70% down on quantities in 2016 (from an average year) – and this is of cause mainly due to the frost in late April 2016 – that wiped out plots and sections in many vineyards.
Estates where I sampled 2016s on the trip
I tasted 2016s at the following estates on my March 2017 trip … to get some first impressions.
- Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
- Domaine Georges Noëllat
- Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat
- Maison Chantereves
- Domaine Morey-Coffinet
- Maison Chantereves
Thibault Morey, Domaine Morey-Coffinet
The style of the 2016s
The style of the red 2016s is energetic and classic – quite lightfooted after weighty 2015s – but still wines with a considerable intensity. They are very transparent, and the few wines tasted offer a lovely cool spring fruit and floralness – indeed charming.You need to login to read the rest of this article. If you are not a Premium Subscriber, use the subscribe function and sign-up.