(from a .21 ha parcel planted in 1919). Aromas of spiced plum, dark cherry and violets combine with those of earth and a hint of the sauvage all of which is trimmed in enough wood to mention. The medium-bodied flavors are at once rich and refined with good vibrancy and evident minerality arising on the youthfully austere and persistent finish where hints of wood and warmth appear. The supporting tannins are relatively fine-grained and overall this is really quite good. 2024+
Normally we will taste Goulots ahead of Champeaux in the lineup chez Fourrier, but I am guessing that the idea was to show the two Gevrey premier crus that escaped frost damage first, followed by the crus higher up on the Combe de Lavaut, where yields were off by an average of thirty percent. Champeaux lies right below Goulots on the slope and the 2016 here is an outstanding wine in the making, delivering a fine nose of red and black cherries, dark chocolate, grilled meats, a lovely base of soil, a touch of fresh herbs, woodsmoke and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, excellent soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and nascently complex finish. A beautiful bottle in the making. 2028-2060.
Healthy dark red. Lovely aromatic lift to the aromas of raspberry, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol. A step up in intensity and depth of flavor from the foregoing samples, showing a stony, savory pungency to its brisk dark fruit and mineral flavors. The sweetest and richest of these 2016s to this point but also boasts terrific energy and lift. The savory, subtly rising, palate-staining finish piques the taste buds. Close to normal yield here, from a cooler site high on the slope. (ST)
The Champeaux is delicious this year, but just a bit facile for a Gevrey premier cru. Notes of raspberry, cherry and spice, framed by some Cadus cooperage, precede a medium-full, supple wine with elegant tannins and an ample core of sweet fruit.Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.(WK)
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