93 out of 100
"The more elegant nose features notes of distinctly cool and airy essence of cherry, spicy and floral elements and in particular violet. The sleek, intense and relatively dense medium-bodied flavors also flash ample minerality on the serious, long and lingering finish where a faint hint of warmth arises. This moderately firm effort is a combination of power and finesse.
Producer note: Régisseur Paul Zinetti commented that the 2016 vintage "was a mix of good and bad news. The bad is that several of our vineyards were crushed by the frost and we had between 50 and 100% losses. The good news is that the quality of the fruit that the frost and the subsequent attack of mildew didn't destroy was excellent. I chose to begin picking on the 23rd of September and brought in spotlessly clean fruit that was quite ripe and with notably thick skins. I used from 15 to 25% whole clusters and given how much material was in the fruit I took due care not to extract too much as it would have been very easy to do so. As such I limited the number of punch downs and chaptalized nothing. As to the wines, I just love the style of 2016 as it's very Burgundian. Plus the wines are wonderfully refreshing and should drink well young but they're sufficiently well-constructed to age extremely well." I agree with Zinetti that the quality of the Armand 2016s is first-rate and the only pity is that there is so little of them. Zinetti further noted that he severely limited the amount of new wood and that the 2015 Clos des Epeneaux, reviewed below, was bottled in June 2017." - Alain Meadows, BurghoundSku: 1837