100% new oak. Eric Rousseau’s daughter Cyrielle always shows this after Chambertin. Very intense nose. Very firmly built and with lots of tannin and ‘masculine’ notes. Solid but with the Rousseau juicy undertow. Peacock’s tail.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
Robert Parker 97
The 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru is showing brilliantly from bottle, unwinding with aeration to reveal a deep and brooding bouquet of plums, cassis and cherries mingled with notions of grilled meats, ceps, peonies and iodine. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and enveloping, with a muscular chassis of ripe tannin that’s cloaked in a core of vibrant and concentrated fruit, concluding with a long and thrillingly carnal finish. It will be fascinating to compare this with the qualitatively similar but stylistically very different 2015 vintage when both wines have 20 years on the clock.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2066
The 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru is a little subdued on the nose with delineated red cherry, crushed strawberry and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, fresh and mineral-driven, almost Ruchottes-like in style with just a small attenuation towards the finish. Very fine, if not quite delivering the substance you might have expected. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045