Monopole. 100% new oak. Barrel sample. Bright purplish crimson. Pungent and majestic. Very fine and polished and really very superior. Straight back. Beautiful texture. Nothing forced. Lots of mineral freshness and chew. Magnificent.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
Robert Parker 96-98
“The 2016 La Romanée Grand Cru has an intense bouquet with extraordinarily pure black and blueberry fruit, beautifully integrated oak, wilted violets emerging with time. It has more flamboyance than the Romanée-Conti tasted the following day, a little more luster. The palate is very well balanced, balancing on a high-wire, paradoxically intense yet one of the most backward and introspective La Romanées that I have encountered from barrel, dense and unforgiving at the moment. This will require serious bottle age, at least a decade, but I love the salinity that kicks in on the finish and the extremely long aftertaste. Outstanding.”
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2060