"Producer note: Eric Rousseau charmingly described the style of the 2016 vintage as "being softer and more typical than 2015. It's like your best friend in the sense that you can always count on it to drink well early, late and in-between. While I really like the results I have to admit that getting to them wasn't easy as some of our parcels suffered dearly at the hands of the frost, and in particular in Chambertin and Clos St. Jacques as we lost 60% and 30% respectively relative to a normal harvest. Plus the mildew was also really quite awful though we managed just the same, but that isn't to say that doing so was easy. Once those problems stopped being problems, which was in the middle part of July, the rest of the season was relatively straightforward to navigate. We chose to begin picking on the 23rd of September under perfect harvest conditions and brought in both clean and ripe fruit that, again with the exceptions of Chambertin and the Clos St. Jacques, had more or less normal yields and Clos de la Roche was excellent in that regard. Potential alcohols were very good at between 12.5 and 13% with good but not high acidities. The skins were on the thicker side though not like say 2005 or 2015. As to another vintage that is stylistically comparable, I might suggest a slightly riper and denser version of 2014." I was most impressed with the Rousseau 2016s but the Chambertin really stood head and shoulders above the other wines. Usually it's quite close between it and the Clos de Bèze but at this early juncture, the Chambertin appears to have a considerable edge. I also was seriously impressed by the now in-bottle 2015s, revisited below, which were put there in April 2017. Speaking of bottling, Rousseau noted that they are now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. He further explained that as of 2015 that each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step will be progressively applied to the other wines in the range going forward. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK).
Tasting note: This is much more deeply pitched and pungently earth with its array of very fresh red and dark berries that carry whiffs of earth and the sauvage. The rich, round and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors possess better depth and persistence as well as notably better underlying material. Note that this well-made effort is going to require at least a few years of patience first." - Alan Meadows, Burghound