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.
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.
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. (WK)
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. (NM)
The domaine lost 60% of its harvest in Chambertin this year, but the grapes which survived have produced a stunning wine, opening in the glass with a complex bouquet of ripe cherry, strawberry, blood orange, grilled meat and rich soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, fine-grained and complete, with superb length and energy. In this vintage it isn’t as powerful as the Clos de Bèze, but it’s more detailed and elegant. Drinking Window 2030 - 2060. (WK)
It is unfortunate that 2016 will be such a short crop for the Rousseau family’s Chambertin, as the wine is magnificent. The refined bouquet is properly reserved and introspective out of the blocks, delivering a fine, youthful constellation of red plums, cherries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, grilled meats, a stunningly complex base of soil and a very refined framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and focused, with a sappy core, great transparency and grip, fine-grained tannins and stunning energy and lift on the very long, complex finish. While these parcels were heavily-frosted, the wine shows no ill effects from the freeze and is going to be flat out brilliant with sufficient bottle age. (Drink between 2028-2075)
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