Millésime 2016 - Allen Meadows

Philippe Drouhin was away at the time of my October visit and thus I do not have the benefit of his thoughts on the 2016 vintage. The upper level wines were vinified with between 25 and 40% whole clusters. I found the quality of the domaine's hierarchy. See also the wines from Maison Laroze de Drouhin below.  (Atherton Wine Imports,, Atherton, CA; Encore Wine Imports,,, CA, Terlato Wines, Lake Bluff, II, Winebow, Inc.,, Montvale, NJ, Fines Wines Melrose Park, IL, Favorite Brand Dallas, TX, Bibendum Wine Ltd,, The Wine Society,, Fine&Rare Wines,, Davy&Co.,, Goedhuis&Co.,, Decorum, Vintners,, Averys Fine Wine Merchants,, Tanners Wine,, Laytons,, Bowes Wine,, Justerini & Brooks,, and Anthony Sarjeant,, all UK.)

2016 - Morey-Saint-Denis Très Girard


A plummy and floral nose leads to rich, round and seductively textured middle weight flavors that possess an attractive sense of vivacity where the sneaky long finish belies only a trace of rusticity.

2016 - Gevrey-Chambertin


The notably ripe yet super-fresh nose is composed by notes of plum liqueur, black cherry and ample amounts of pungent earth. There is excellent minerality to the sleek, intense and delineated medium weight flavors that possess much better overall complexity on the dusty, serious and balanced finish that is youthfully austere.

2016 - Gevrey-Chambertin
« En Champs »


Moderate reduction masks everything except the pungent earth characters. There is outstanding richness to the full-bodied flavors that are shaped by ripe tannins on the youthfully austere finish where a touch of wood surfaces. This is also quite a good villages and worth considering.

2016- Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
« Au Closeau »


(Drouhin is the only producer of this vineyard and owns 90% of it; from 60+ year old vines). Reduction dominates the nose today and while thare is a lovely mouthfeel to the vibrant, sleek and focused flavors, the reduction reappears on the palate. It's hard to say if this will clean up or not.

2016 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru


Here the equally fresh nose is compositionally similar to that of the straight Gevrey if a bit more elegant. The medium-bodied flavors possess a polished mouthfeel and reasonably good concentration while exhibiting good persistence and depth. While this should repay mid-term cellaring, it should also drink well after only a few years of cellar times.

2016 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
«  Clos Prieur »


Enough wood to warrant mentioning can be found on the pretty nose that combines notes of both red and dark cherry with those of plum and warm earth. There is impressive richness to the attractively textured and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess an appealing inner mouth perfume along with fine length on the spicy finish. This should be reasonably approachable in its youth.

2016 - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
«Lavaut-Saint-Jacques »


(from a 3 ha parcel of vines planted in 1943). An overtly sauvage and intensely earthy nose features mostly dark currant aromas that are trimmed in discreet but not invisible wood. The cool and moderately austere medium weight flavors possess fine depth and reasonably good mid-palate concentration while terminating in an agreeably dry, dusty and mildly austere finish. This is classically styled Lavaut.

2016 - Chambolle-Musigny


(a mix of 80% Les Baudes and 20% from the villages portion of Les Véroilles). A pungent nose reflects notes of reduction and wood toast. Otherwise there is good freshness and punch to the tautly muscular and intense medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate punch on the impressively complex and lingering finish. While this is technically a villages level wine, the reality is that it's essentially a 1er.

2016- Chapelle-Chambertin


(from a 52 ha parcel in En la Chapelle). Noticeable if mild reduction detracts mildly from the otherwise ripe and earthy red berry fruit aromas. The rich, concentrated and seductively textured flavors possess an ample amount of extract that buffers the very firm tannic spine and confers a relatively refined mouthfeel on the velvety, balanced and patently persistent finish. This succulent effort should also drink reasonably well young if desired.

2016 - Latricières-Chambertin


(from a .67 ha parcel of extremly old vines ).

A background application of wood surrounds the cool and airy aromas of dark cherry, plum, earth and a whisper of the sauvage. There is terrific intensity to the beautifully delineated mineral-driven flavors that possess a refined mouthfeel before culminating in a saline, highly persistent and linear finish. This succulent effort should also drink reasonably well young if desired.