In the twilight zone between frost and mildew we find a revelation, as the 2016 wines rise from the ashes like Phoenix … full of vibrant life and energy.
While the producers rightfully complain about the low quantities in the 2016 vintage – most are now trying to repress the memory of the 2016 growing season and the desperation that was ruling the Côte during the summer of 2016.
David Croix – photo taken January 2017 at Domaine Roulot
The tasting at Domaine des Croix revived some of these emotions – contrasted by the delightful experience of tasting the 2016 from this excellent estate – with David brutally honest explaining how he almost gave up producing the last wine of the harvest after fighting the weather throughout most of the growing season.
Luckily David persevered … and made what could be made – the harvest here is quite minuscule with only a relatively small number of cuvées and to make matters worse only small quantities of many of these. For the record no Corton Vigne Au Saint was made in 2016 due to the frost and mildew – get the magnificent 2015 if you have the opportunity.
When tasting the wines – it a celebration to Burgundy – classic Burgundies with loads of tension and energy The are defying the hardship nature showed in this vintage. It was a struggle – but in the end the 2016 vintage pulled through offering some truly lovely wines.
The 2016s from Domaine des Croix
The style of the 2016 vintages suits the terroirs of Domaine des Croix – Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Corton really benefits from a vintage with a lot of playful energy and freshness.
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