The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc from the Coche family is a lovely and absolutely classic example of this superb bottling. While I know the family’s red Bourgogne plots were very badly frosted, I did not note whether or not this was the case with the Blanc as well. The bouquet here is pure and lovely, offering up scents of apple, pear, almond and a lovely base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is fullish, crisp and succulent at the core, with lovey soil signature, bright acids and excellent cut and grip on the very well-balanced finish. 90+
An ultra-fresh nose flashes notes of apple, citrus and matchstick character. The sleek, delicious and citrus-inflected middle weight flavors possess outstanding depth and persistence for a wine of this level. Plus it has the stuffing to reward a few years of development and overall, this is excellent for what it is. *Outstanding*
Fully two-thirds of the Coche-Dury 2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay cuvée is declassified Mâcon-Villages this year, as Raphaël Coche was anxious to make up the volume that he had lost to frost, both to keep the domaine's long-time clients happy and to maintain the domaine's used barrels in good condition for the following vintage. Only two lots were deemed up to standard, one from the extreme north of the Mâconnais and the other from the south, so these were included in the blend while the others were sold in bulk. Offering up aromas of green orchard fruit, mint and almond paste, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny textured and tangy, concluding with an attractively stony finish. While the wine displays somewhat more flesh on its bones than is typical of this cuvée in a cool vintage such as 2016, it carries its producer's signature and will deliver a great deal of pleasure over the coming decade. (WK)
Pale, bright yellow. Good lift to the aromas and flavors of citrus fruits and spices. Juicy, tactile and concentrated; a rather powerful Bourgogne blanc that displays both pliancy and cut. A fairly fleshy but restrained wine with a touch of oak and easy drinkability. Coche blended in some wine from both the southern and northern Mâconnais 'because we needed to fill our barrels with good fruit.' (ST)
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