Like 1991 coming after 1990, this Great Vintage - as this is a Great
Vintage - may go somewhat unnoticed, after the celebrated 2015,
and in the shade of its dazzling southern cousin...
A certain heterogeneity amongst Red Wines, a gorgeous aromatic definition in the white Wines. All Northern wines will not necessarily be successful this year. The harvest was generous. Sometimes even a little too generous. The quality of some cuvées undeniably suffered, on some sectors. However, and as always, the “reasonable and serious” Vignerons produced superbly colorful, stylish, and mineral Wines, which ranks this 2016 Vintage in the elite of the successful Vintages. with full, juicy, and silkiest Wines !
Les Eygats et Patou of Mid-Slopes.Maturing
24 months in new and one old barrels Allier and TronçaisVinification
50% non destemmed.
Quite typical, on graphite and India ink. Less impressive in the mouth than the Coteaux, it makes a difference by its aromatic complexity and its length…
13,5%Mise en bouteille
Without fining and filtration.Cépages
Intense, featuring lots of vibrant black currant, bitter cherry and plum fruit, bristling with savory, olive and bay leaf notes. A racy chalky spine is embedded through the lengthy finish. Shows terrific energy. Best from 2022 through 2035.
Wine Spectator , 94/100 , 2019-03-27
Inky ruby. Expansive, mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of cherry liqueur, black currant and olive paste are complemented by a sexy floral quality that builds as the wine opens up. Juicy, alluringly sweet black and blue fruit liqueur flavors show Impressive depth and spicy thrust. Delivers a compelling blend of power and vivacity and finishes very long, with persistent sweetness and velvety, well-knit tannins.
Vinous , 92-94/100 , 2018-06-01
Very deep crimson. High toned with a hint of reduction at this point. Very ambitious and demanding – hard work on the palate with masses of acidity and tannin. Needs lots of time. Very edgy and tough.
Jancis Robinson , 16,5++/20 , 2017-12-01