Chambertin Clos de Beze 2016

Gevrey Chambertin / Rousseau

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 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.

Score: 97

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2030-2066 09 January 2020

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.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2045 01 October 2019

This is lush and harmonious, featuring kirsch, macerated cherry, blackberry, violet and spice flavors. A fruity style, with lively acidity and a heady finish. Impressive, yet approachable at this stage, with a solid grip of tannins emerging at the end. Best from 2021 through 2038.

Score: 97

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2021-2038 29 August 2019

(90% new wood). Here too there is just enough wood in evidence to mention on the gorgeously spiced and intricately layered aromas of essence of red currant, floral, plum, earth and a whisper of the sauvage. Once again the mouthfeel of the notably more imposingly-scaled flavors is sleek with excellent minerality that really comes up on the super-saline finish that goes on and on. But what I really admire about the ’16 Bèze is the texture because it’s at once muscular yet highly seductive and refined. This is a very, very powerful wine that is seriously impressive in every respect. In a word, brilliant.

Score: 98

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2041+ 10 January 2018

Healthy dark color. Fully ripe and downright sexy on the nose, offering scents of black raspberry, dark cherry, mocha, minerals and smoked meat. Boasts terrific sweetness and density, with its dark fruit and mineral flavors complicated by a note of oaky torrefaction and nicely framed by harmonious acidity. The long, rising, ripely tannic finish features chewy tannins that hit the palate later than those of the Chambertin, allowing the sweet fruit to build. Incidentally, I tasted a normal sample as well as a barrel that received an "étuvage" treatment, which involves injecting steam in an attempt to tone down the early exotic wood element that the estate's Clos de Bèze typically shows in the early going. The latter barrel showed more immediate harmony but the normal barrel, while a bit tougher and more tannic on first pour, immediately gained in sweetness in the glass.

Score: 94 - 96

Stephen Tanzer, 01 January 2018