Vintage 2016 in Burgundy was not easy to navigate, as devastating spring frosts severely reduced the crop across wide swaths of the Côte d’Or. I couldn’t have been more pleased to discover the quality of these beautiful 2016s from Bruno Colin when I tasted with him in Chassagne-Montrachet in early December, although the quantities left a lot to be desired! C’est comme ça, as he put it, accepting his fate, as Burgundian farmers long ago learned to do. In any case, I’ll always take quality over quantity. These elegant wines show wonderful terroir definition and have a delicate, inviting touch. The drastic crop reduction naturally concentrated the remaining grapes, adding further interest. Another welcome quality of these 2016s is that I believe they will be ready to enjoy even before the taut 2014s and the rich and powerful 2015s. Please consult with our retail staff for detailed tasting notes on this inspiring lineup of premiers crus.
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