Note: this cuvee is composed from 20% Les Murgers, 20% Les Cras and 60% Richemone
Producer note: Christophe Perrot-Minot commented that 2016 'was just flat out difficult. The frost was awful as it's depressing to know that in many of your vineyards that you've lost between 50 and 65% of your crop before the growing season has barely begun. Chambolle was particularly hard hit but there were at least some losses almost everywhere. For example I will make no Chambolle 1ers and both Chambertin and Clos de Beze produced only one-third of a normal amount. I chose to begin picking on the 28th of September and the fruit was impeccably clean. It was necessary to pick the Chambolle vineyards later because while the vines did largely recapture the delayed maturities due to the frost, they didn't recapture all of it. Thankfully the harvest had good weather so we had the luxury of waiting without much risk. I used on average about 60% whole clusters but did an extremely soft vinification as I really wanted to extract only the finest tannins. I also limited the amount of new wood to no more than 20% because the 2016s are so transparent that I was afraid of inadvertently marking the wines. With respect to wine quality, I absolutely love this vintage, indeed I prefer it stylistically to 2015. This isn't to say that 2016 is necessarily better but I really like the crystalline purity of expression and the hard-to-resist refreshing quality. Moreover the wines are chiseled and each terroir really stands out. In short, 2016 is a classic Burgundian vintage.' I have noted this before but Perrot-Minot rarely misses anymore and he certainly didn't in 2016 as his wines are some of the best that I tasted on this trip. Moreover they are wonderfully refined and perhaps all the more impressive is that they are excellent from the bottom to the top of the appellation hierarchy. (DNS Wines, www.dnswines.com, CA, USA; La Reserve, H & H Bancroft Wines, www.bancroftwines.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Berkmann Wine Cellars, www.berkmann.co.uk, Bordeaux Index, www.bordeauxindex.com and Connolly's Wines, www.connollys-wine.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: Firm reduction renders the nose tough to evaluate. On the plus side there is a lovely inner mouth perfumed to the tautly muscular and very punchy flavors that are at once robust yet reasonably refined thanks to the relatively fine-grain of the supporting tannins shaping the bitter cherry-inflected finish. This is quite firm but not rustic or even especially austere though with that said, this will need at least some bottle age to unwind and flesh out.Outstanding
Tasted: Jan 15, 2018