Chambertin 2016

Gevrey Chambertin / Rousseau

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Tasting Notes

Tasted from bottle, the 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru claims the place of king of the Rousseau cellar this year, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of ripe red berries, cherries and plums, complemented by nuances of blood orange, peonies, raw cocoa, grilled meats and spices. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, lively acids and a muscular chassis of ripe tannins that's largely concealed by a prodigious core of fruit. Long, sapid and penetrating, like the Clos de Bèze, this will make for fascinating comparisons with its 2015 counterpart in two decades' time.

Score: 98

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2030-2070 09 January 2020

The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru has a beguiling bouquet with copious red berry fruit, crushed minerals, delicate wilted rose petal and light tobacco scents. It has a crystalline beauty. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, wonderful focus and immense poise. This is a class act with bewildering tension and incredible poise towards the finish. God made wine so it could taste like this. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.

Score: 98

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2023-2055 01 October 2019

The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru, which was two-thirds impacted by the frost, has an elegant bouquet, not powerful but charming, with pure red berry fruit, orange blossom, cold stone and Earl Grey scents. The palate is very well balanced with a sappy entry, with good structured here and a fine line of acidity. It is not an extravagant or even regal Chambertin, but it is extremely well proportioned and there is a lovely tang of spice toward the long and tender finish. It is a wonderful Chambertin, although I suspect that it will ultimately have to bow to the superiority of the Clos-de-Bèze.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2022-2050 29 December 2017

This majestic red offers a beam of succulent, pure cherry, oak spice, sandalwood and cinnamon notes. Intensely flavored, with a distinctive creaminess and harmony. Expands on the finish, where all the components come together, tying this up neatly on the lingering spice- and mineral-infused aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2048.

Score: 99

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2024-2048 29 August 2019

As is often the case, this is more restrained than the Bèze and more deeply pitched as well with its cooler array of strikingly spicy red and dark currant aromas that are more heavily cut with freshly turned earth scents along with plenty of floral and sauvage influences, all of which is again trimmed in just enough oak influence to point out. The exceptionally rich, dense and highly energetic full-bodied flavors brim with both dry extract and a pungent minerality on the brilliantly complex and explosively long finish. This is a classic example of power without weight because despite the imposing size of the '16 Chambertin, the overall impression is one of harmony and grace. Among the 'big 4' of the Rousseau line-up, this is the one wine that might just surpass its 2015 equivalent.

Score: 96 - 99

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2036+ 15 January 2018

(frost reduced the crop by two-thirds): Bright, dark red. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, crushed rock and a sauvage suggestion of fresh blood, with high notes of spices and violet emerging with air. Juicy on entry, then quite tight and folded in on itself in the middle palate, conveying a very tactile, dense impression. Slightly high-toned yet very primary flavors of red and darker fruits. One can see the frost effect here in the wine's youthfully strict character and chewy tannins but the wine's penetrating finishing minerality suggests that it will reward extended cellaring.

Score: 94 - 96

Stephen Tanzer, 01 January 2018