Duroché’s vines in the Clos de Bèze, planted in 1920, have produced the king of the cellar in 2016, revealing a superb and already expressive bouquet of red and black cherry, sweet soil, wood smoke and meaty, umami-like bass notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and intensely concentrated, with excellent amplitude and dimension, its velvety tannins cloaked in rich, cool fruit and its finish long and lingering. As the most precociously-ripening of Gevrey’s grand crus, the Clos de Bèze was perfectly adapted to the cool 2016 vintage.Drinking Window 2026 - 2045. (WK)
The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a gorgeous, effervescent bouquet that manages to convey the pedigree and the “aristocratic” nature of the vineyard. The fruit here is a little darker than the Latricières, with scents of pressed flowers developing in the glass. The palate is tightly wound on the entry, more linear than I expected but with great tension toward the finish. This is a long-term proposition, and it will benefit from five or six years in bottle, but the precision and detail here is really top class. (NM)
This is also moderately marked by its wood though the fresh nose is much, much spicier with lovely aromas of mostly wild red berries and a whiff of sandalwood. The large-scaled flavors are concentrated to the point of being juicy and the intensity is most impressive as it does a slow build from the mid-palate before exploding on the superbly complex and well-balanced finale. This is definitely built-to-age and will need it.
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