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Bouchard Père et Fils 'Chambertin-Clos de Bèze' Grand Cru
This possesses one of the most complex noses in the range and features a panoply of spice elements along with exceptionally fresh and dense black fruit, violet and plum aromas which are trimmed in generous oak and menthol notes. There is excellent power to the focused, intense and attractively vibrant flavors that have a firm yet silky mouth feel before terminating in an explosively if ever-so-slightly warm finish. This stony built-to-age beauty is quite firmly structured but not forbidding as it's not particularly austere. Don't Miss! 93-96 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
Half a crop only. Not so dense in colour, the new oak shows more than the fruit at first. The oak is too pronounced at the moment but the fruit should cope in due course, it starts gently then builds towards the back, the epitome of finesse. Little red berries show at the back and just enough acidity. 92-95 points Jasper Morris, MW
The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has much better definition and focus than the Chapelle-Chambertin at this stage: copious black and red fruit that feels more regimented and precise. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, layers of blackberry, blueberry and a touch of burnt toast leading to a structured and symmetrical finish that bodes well for bottle age. This will rank alongside the 2015 Clos de Bèze—superb. Bouchard Père & Fils is a Burgundy stalwart that has been part of the furniture since 1731. It is easy to presume that such merchants as Jadot, Bouchard and the like have been overtaken by new producers not hidebound by history. On the contrary, these historical merchants have really upped the quality of their wine in recent years. They had to, in order to survive. 93-95 points, (NM) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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