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2016 Burgundy Review - First Tranche of a Limited Vintage - 02/12/2018 - Red Burgundy

It’s no secret that Burgundy suffered brutalizing frost and mildew attacks over the course of the 2016 vintage. As one might expect, this significantly impacted production with crops reduced to their lowest levels in decades. It wasn’t all bad news in 2016, however, as the wine that was produced was of the highest quality. As Burgundy specialist Allen Meadows’ noted, the 2016s offer “crystalline transparency,” “refreshing drinkability” with “a substantial number of exceptionally fine Sweet Spot and Don’t Miss Selections that would make any Burgundy collector proud to own.” Needless to say, 2016 is a vintage not to miss. But as with any small vintage, the wines won’t be around for long, thus making purchasing at first tranche a necessity to secure the bottlings you desire. The domaines assembled here all produced utterly brilliant wines in 2016. Given the character of the vintage, a number will offer exceptional near-term drinking, but there are also several cellar-worthy selections. Given the limited crop, we expect subsequent releases to climb in price, so don’t delay and lock in your bottles today.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $299.99 View
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $159.99 View
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $109.99 View
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $79.99 View
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $569.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $379.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $299.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $99.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 $104.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarollieres" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $79.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Tavannes" (Pre-Arrival) 90 $54.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay "Clos d'Audignac" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) 91 $84.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) 91 $74.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) 93 $84.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $89.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) 93 $99.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $89.99 View
2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) 94 $99.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $249.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Blanc (Pre-Arrival) $36.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Maltroie" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Romanee" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $109.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $89.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Vergers" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) $699.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Pommard 1er Cru "Les Rugiens" (Pre-Arrival) 92 $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Bousselots" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Cailles" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $159.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Chaignots" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Perrieres" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Pruliers" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Roncieres" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $119.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $159.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Blanc (Pre-Arrival) $89.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 91 $79.99 View


2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($299.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has a detailed bouquet with attractive scents of almond and white chocolate tincturing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite cohesive and understated at first (like the Domaine Leflaive tasted earlier that day) with a sappy and convincing finish that is surfeit with minerals and a hint of tangerine. This is a very impressive, sophisticated Chevalier-Montrachet that I actually have a preference for over the La Cabotte this year. (NM)" (12/2017)

92-95 points Vinous: "Pale, light yellow. Lovely perfumed nose offers scents of crushed rock, lavender and rose, with some apple and fresh oak impinging. Wonderfully silky and creamy but lively in the mouth, with nicely integrated acidity energizing the lime leaf and tangerine zest flavors. Finishes very long and brisk. This is just beginning to express itself. According to winemaker Frédéric Weber, Bouchard produced just 18 to 20 hectoliters per hectare in both Chevalier-Montrachet and La Cabotte. (ST)" (09/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and tangy, with lemon, spiced apple, vanilla and toasty notes. Tightens up, echoing lemon and spice details on the finish. With air, this evokes a floral accent and becomes harmonious. Almost enjoyable now. (BS)" (06/2018)

K&L Notes: 92pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Domaine. They were badly affected on the higher terraces, overall a half crop. Light faint colour, with a beautiful and quite exotic nose suggesting eau de vie de poire and some muscat notes. Then barrel toast, then white fruit, plenty going on here but it needs time to settle down." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($159.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from vines located just above Corton with east-facing orientation. It has an attractive, almost Meursault-like bouquet with traces of walnut and hazelnut. The palate is fresh and quite effervescent on the entry, with a fine line of acidity if not quite the persistence of the finest Corton-Charlemagne that I have tasted. Nonetheless, there is plenty of energy locked in here and it should age well. 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. (NM)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Pale, bright yellow. Smells chalky and deep if subdued, offering scents of apple, menthol and spices. Savory, tactile wine with a lovely touch of sweetness and an element of medicinal herbs. Very rich, layered, soil-driven wine with chewy extract and classic dryness. Quite full and ripe but very chalky throughout. A bit aggressive on the end, but then this wine still has some unconverted malic acidity. (ST)" (09/2017)

2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($109.99)

94-96 points James Suckling: "The chalky and stony notes are intermingled with pastry and red to dark cherries, all leading to a palate that shows good acidity, impressive depth and weight of tannins. A cool vintage expression with more intensity at the finish. This will age very well. Try from 2024." (02/2018)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Very, very generous wood treatment is sufficiently toasty to presently dominate the otherwise layered nose of dark cherry, raspberry, earth and sauvage-inflected aromas. There is superb concentration, power and richness to the big-bodied flavors that possess excellent reserves of dry extract that helps to buffer the exceptionally firm tannic spine shaping the superbly long mineral-driven finish. This is at once impressive as hell but it's also very woody and while the underlying material appears to be more than sufficient to eventually integrate the oak, it will require time for this to happen." (04/2018)

92-95 points Vinous: "Moderately saturated dark red. Sexy if slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, tarte au prune and game, with some new oak showing. Very rich, dense and pliant, conveying a distinctly relaxed quality for the vintage. This plump, large-scaled grand cru finishes with superb restrained sweetness, noteworthy finesse of tannins, and serious building length, with its lightly saline black raspberry fruit complemented by an almost chocolatey ripeness. An extremely promising vintage for this wine. (ST)" (01/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Corton Grand Cru comes from red clay soils that are just 80 centimeters deep before you hit the limestone bedrock. It has a finely tuned bouquet with cranberry, raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry scents, crushed roses developing with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, brisk and tensile from start to finish and then pulling back so as not to overdo the finish. This is a case of less is more in a wine and it is likely to surpass the 2015 Corton. 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. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 91-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Domaine. East facing, with a substantial 3.20 ha in production, lighter brown clay on top of hard limestone very healthy spot though can suffer. The last to be picked this year. Rich dark colour and almost chocolatey fruit as well, plus lots of oak. Huge mouthful of dark fruit, like chocolate covered raspberries, a bit facile, but the finish is very good, providing a mineral side to the tannins. But the fruit is almost too ripe." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lean and tight, with oak spice wrapped around a core of lemon, apple and stone flavors. Firms up in the end, yet shows intensity and promise of things to come. (BS)" (06/2018)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright, pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Apple and a note of Christmas spices on the nose. Rich, plush and deep. Really spreads out in the mouth without leaving any impression of heaviness, with the dried apricot fruit complemented by oak spices. Finishes with rising length and a slight phenolic edge but appears to have the middle-palate sweetness to support it. (ST)" (09/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières comes from two parcels, one on the slope and the other at higher altitude. It has a tightly wound bouquet with hints of mint and licorice lurking in the background. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, taut and linear, not a flamboyant Genevrières and just needing to manifest more character on the finish. Give this two or three years in bottle before opening. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 91 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Domaine. From two upper plots, made separately because they ripen separately, then blended. Pale primrose colour, tight backward nose, some oak, some white fruit. This is very backward, but certainly indicates intensity. Surprisingly rich on the palate, more flesh than detail, and a hair too much oak for me. Good length though." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 3 available ($569.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There is just half of the quantity of the 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru this year (although that said, that's probably a multiple of what fellow Montrachet growers inherited). The bouquet has that marine-like tincture like the La Cabotteoyster shell and sea cave scents underlying the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, sappy in the mouth, a brooding intensity toward the finish. You can just feel the presence of this Montrachet, the opening chapter of a great wine. This will take several years to reach its apogee but it will be worth the wait. (NM)" (12/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Higher-pitched and more musky than La Cabotte, offering scents of ripe stone fruits and smoky oak. Fat, sweet, ripe and full, with stone fruit and spice flavors a bit suppressed at present. Finishes thick, spicy, dusty and powerful. Like the two wines from Chevalier-Montrachet, this gives an impression of high alcohol; all three are in the high 13s. Very strong wine but the most monolithic of this trio, with its slightly aggressive character somewhat leavened by obvious energy. (ST)" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: 94-97 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Domaine. Bouchard have had the good fortune to make 13 barrels from just under a hectare, unimaginable to those with vines in the southern half of Montrachet. Pale lemon colour, a wealth of flesh on the nose along with the oak. Also a little touch advanced but pretty fine nonetheless. A little touch of bacon fat here shows the ripeness. Very solid through the centre, the necessary nobility and certainly the weight. Fresh apple at the finish, though ripe, and great persistence." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 3 available ($379.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "Dark ruby-red. Classic Bonnes-Mares aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and herbs. Silky on entry, then firm and youthfully imploded in the middle palate, displaying outstanding energy to its blueberry, licorice, underbrush and violet flavors. Subtle brown spices carry from the nose through the aftertaste, adding another element of complexity. This wine has a serious tannic spine to support extended aging. Patrick Landanger described his holding in Bonnes-Mares as "shaped like a potato within the de Vogüé portion" (last year, he called it "a little crescent"), noting that his vines are planted along a north-south axis. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 96-98 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Clear dark colour, surprisingly little nose at first. Then a hugely intense swelling mouthful of ripe dark fruit, the savoury aspects just playing around the edges. Vey long indeed, a brilliant dense exciting Bonnes Mares. Lovely juicy aftertaste with just the right thread of acidity." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($299.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru was demonstrating quite a lot of new oak on the nose, although it has the same percentage as the premier crus at around 30%. This obscured some of the fruit underneath, yet it is still nicely defined and classier than the Bonnes-Mares. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, sweet and generous but maintaining fine tension with good substance and length on the finish. This might be the best offering from the domaine in 2016. (NM)" (12/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Complex, soil-inflected scents of black raspberry, smoke, stony minerality, licorice and fresh blood. Plusher and sweeter at this stage than the Bonnes-Mares, and equally earthy in a positive way. Gains in thickness toward the back end, but the building tannins are a touch dusty and herbal. A more saline style of wine than the Bonnes-Mares. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 95-97 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Impressively dense purple, with an equally intense bouquet, we just need to wait for the detail. A little oak comes out. Really dense on the palate too, dark fruit, good acidity, linear, matt finish, but excellent intensity." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a .5 ha parcel). Here too there is just enough VA to mention but not so much as to significantly impair the appeal of the well-layered array of red currant, cherry, dark raspberry, earth and a trace of menthol character. The rich, full-bodied and admirably concentrated flavors possess focused power on the overtly muscular yet refined finale that delivers seriously good persistence on the well-balanced finish. Note that while this is very clearly built-to-age, it should be reasonably accessible after only 6 to 8 years. 2031+" (04/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Corton Bressandes Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet with ample redcurrant, cranberry and blueberry scents, hints of iris and incense developing with time. The new oak (30%) is neatly integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, quite saline on the entry with a sense of focus and harmony. It became more spicy, almost peppery toward the finish, which is fine and quite detailed. Excellent. (NM)" (12/2017)

90-93 points Vinous: "Good dark red-ruby. More red berries to go with the aromas of black cherry, pepper and spices, plus a sexy hint of blood peach. Captivating, gentle, broad wine with dark berry and cherry flavors accented by spices, noble herbs and tangy verbena. Rich, subtle, penetrating Bressandes with fine tannins and noteworthy breadth and verve. Really distinctive soil complexity here. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Rich deep purple, with full, slightly oaky bouquet, fills the mouth, cusp of red and black, caresses as it should, but though this is officially grand cru the wine itself does not outrank the Pousse d’Or 1ers crus. Good finish though." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($104.99)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The ripe and ultra-fresh aromas are from the darker side of the fruit spectrum while including plenty of spice, warm earth, menthol and plenty of sauvage character. There is both fine detail and a beguiling texture to the equally broad-shouldered and even more mineral-inflected flavors that possess even better complexity on the balanced and hugely long finish. Unusually, this appears to be just a bit less structured than the Bressandes and should also be approachable on the younger side if thats your preference. 2028+" (04/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru has more richness and intensity than the Corton-Bressandes at this early stage, with layers of black cherry and raspberry coulis, brown spices and sous-bois surfacing with time. There is certainly good complexity here. The palate is fresh and detailed on the entry, fine-grained tannin, well-judged acidity and a lively, judiciously spiced finish that feels long and caressing. Bon vin. (NM)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Full ruby-red. Darker and more reticent on the nose than the Bressandes, conveying a stronger element of stony minerality and a note of licorice. Then vivacious and sharply delineated in the mouth but much more closed than the Bressandes owing to its mineral energy. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and excellent grip. Very classy juice! (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 93-95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Medium deep purple. This is more accessible than apparently is typical at this stage, but even so a touch more structured than their Bressandes. The tannins are fine grained, the fruit concentrated at the back of the palate, with lovely red and black notes and good acidity. It is a keeping wine but with a supple middle." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarollieres" (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is a whisper of VA but its not enough to materially detract from the more deeply pitched aromas of plum liqueur, earth and gentle wood scents. There is more size, weight, power and concentration if notably less finesse to the medium-bodied flavors that also exude a subtle minerality on the solidly constituted and lingering finish. This is definitely a muscular Pommard but its not rustic. 2028+" (04/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollières has an attractive bouquet with slightly earthy black fruit laced with black tea and bay leaf aromas. I appreciate the way this unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite fresh and harmonious, focused with a fresh, oyster shell-tinged finish. Yes, I would like a little more personality perhaps, but this is still a well-crafted Pommard that should give 15 years of drinking pleasure. (NM)" (12/2016)

89-91 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black fruits, flowers and licorice complicated by a menthol note. Densely packed and concentrated, conveying a medicinal aspect to its flavors of black fruits, menthol and licorice. But not at all a rustic style. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 93-95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Intense black purple colour, more purple. The nose does not give much at first but there is a wealth of dark fruit on the palate, with a few red notes which sneak in, gracious for a Pommard, the structure is there but the tannins are covered by the fruit, finishes well with a fresher touch. Great persistence. Silken Pommard!" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Tavannes" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($54.99)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A hint of VA can be found on the dark raspberry, plum and earth-suffused nose. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel and a subtle hint of minerality that adds a bit of lift to the vibrant, balanced and solidly persistent finish. 2023+" (04/2018)

Vinous: "Dark red. Moderately complex aromas of red fruits and spices. Offers good density and intensity to its juicy, slightly medicinal flavors of dark raspberry and licorice. Finishes with decent length. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 92 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Rich dense dark purple, with a ripe, dark fruit nose, crunchy, quite firm tannins, then a sweeter softer riper fruit. There is plenty of energy here and good length." (1/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay "Clos d'Audignac" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($84.99)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(a northeast facing vineyard that rarely gets the same degree of sunlight as the other Volnay 1ers in the portfolio and thus it can often be more Pommard than Volnay in character). A pungent nose of reduction, wood toast and menthol overshadows the underlying fruit today. Otherwise there is a lovely texture to the more muscular if less refined middle weight flavors that also possess solid minerality and density while exhibiting the same touch of finishing dryness that, in the same fashion as the En Caillerets, my score assumes is related to the recent bottling. 2026+" (04/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos d'Audignac offers one of the most powerful bouquets among La Pousse d'Or's range of '16s, with showy black cherries, blueberry and light licorice scents, quite rich and extravagant. The palate is brisk and quite taut on the entry and seems to have other ideas. This is more introverted and linear, more black fruit than red with a slightly grainy finish. Moderate length here. Fine, but again, I would like to see more charm develop once in bottle. (NM)" (12/2017)

88-90 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry and smoky torrefaction. Sweeter and more pliant than the preceding samples, with the wine's purple fruit flavors joined on the suavely tannic back end by notes of licorice and herbs. This is almost soft in the context of this 2016 collection. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 92-93 points Jasper Morris,MW: "Not quite the same depth of colour as En Cailleret. Gentler red fruit notes, a fresh raspberry feel with a touch of redcurrant, fresh finish. Good length too, stylish wine" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($74.99)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough wood and menthol on the black cherry, cassis and spiced nose to mention. There is excellent volume to the sappy and palate coating medium-bodied flavors that exude ample minerality on the dusty and ever-so-mildly dry finish that my score assumes will age out as its likely related to the February bottling. 2024+" (04/2018)

89-91 points Vinous: "Dark red with ruby tones. Very dark, pure aromas of black raspberry, spices, licorice and violet. A lively black fruit-dominated wine with good cut and medicinal reserve. Youthfully tight but not hard, finishing with good length. This wine gained in sweetness with air but the ripe tannins also became more apparent. (ST)" (01/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets has a fragrant bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, chalk and hints of dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, quite firm and insistent in the mouth with slightly chewy black fruit toward the masculine finish. I would just like to see more charm develop once in bottle. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 92-93 points Jasper Morris (MW): "This is a powerful, brooding wine. A full ripe colour, with very dark cherry fruit, a thick rich texture in the mouth, quite firm tannins and firm acidity. Chunky stuff which needs quite a lot more elevage." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($84.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough VA to remark upon on the otherwise restrained and cool nose of black cherry, spice and lavender aromas. There is excellent detail and even more energy to the middle weight flavors compared to the regular cuvée while the focused finish is well-balanced and impressively long. While the VA isnt enough to really detract from the overall sense of purity, it certainly didnt add to it. 2024+" (04/2018)

90-92 points Vinous: "Good dark red-ruby. Expressive aromas of purple fruits and dark chocolate show little of the medicinal aspect of the cuvée normale. Still, this juicy wine is in a rather cool style, showing a more apparent spicy character. A bit more tannic than the classique but not hard. This fruit-driven wine will need time in bottle to harmonize. (ST)" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Very ripe yet attractively fresh aromas are composed by notes of poached plum, violet and black cherry along with elusive whiffs of spice, mandarin orange and VA. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is notably finer though less powerful with plenty of minerality on the lingering and understated finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. 2024+" (04/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or was showing a little more new oak than the other premier crus (around 30% new), but it is nicely integrated with the blackberry and cassis fruit, scents of crushed violets surfacing with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red cherry and cranberry flavors, fine, edgy tannin and good terroir expression with a dash of white pepper and spice toward the lively finish. One of my favorite Volnays from the domaine, this should age well over the next 12-15 years. (NM)" (12/2017)

89-91 points Vinous: "Healthy deep ruby-red. Tighter and more medicinal on the nose than the Caillerets, offering aromas of black cherry and licorice. In a tighter, stonier style, with its black fruit flavors accented by herbs and black pepper. (I would have guessed that this wine had been vinified with a portion of whole clusters, but I would have been wrong.) A distinctly cooler style than the Caillerets even if it displays similar flavor intensity, with the tannins coming across as firmer and dustier. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 94-96 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Rich dark red black purple, a huge volume of fruit on the nose, there is an excellent rich thread of fine Volnay fruit, more red than black, then lively acidity behind. Super persistence. Classy, gracious and concentrated. Very ripe fruit." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($99.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "While there is a whiff of VA it is more subtle while the aromatic profile is quite similar to that of regular cuvée save for the face that, like the En Caillerets - Amphore, the aromas are much more restrained and seemingly cooler plus there is no wood influence. There is a really lovely, indeed lilting mouth feel to the energetic and beautifully well-detailed flavors that deliver excellent length on the balanced finish. I suspect that the VA is sufficiently subtle that most readers would not be unduly bothered by it. 2026+" (04/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "Impressively deep, dark ruby-red color. Black cherry, dark chocolate and violet on the nose, complicated by subtle hints of menthol and pepper. Distinctly sweeter and fruitier than the classique, with an altogether thicker and more generous texture to its black cherry and saline mineral flavors. This subtly palate-staining wine shows finer tannins than the regular bottling. (ST)" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A highly complex nose features notes of menthol, dark currant, raspberry, wood, spice and the barest hint of VA. The sleek, intense and wonderfully refined middle weight flavors brim with both minerality and dry extract, all wrapped in a well-balanced and impressively persistent finish. Good stuff in a built-to-age package. 2028+" (04/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Expressive, scented nose combines blackberry, spices, violet and lavender pastille. At once supple and vibrant on the palate, conveying serious density of texture and juicy flavors of black fruits and spices. This wine stands out for its intensity and inner-mouth perfume. Finishes ripe and chewy, with excellent length. A very strong performance for a cool spot in a warm year. (ST)" (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées has an elegant bouquet with perfumed, violet-tinged black and red fruit, well defined with touches of brown spice and iris emerging with time. This shows a pleasing restraint. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red and black fruit on the entry, well-judged acidity, then toughening up a little toward a structured and almost Pommard-like finish that suggests that it will need several years in bottle. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 93-95 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Equally dark purple black, less red here. The nose is a touch more sombre also than Bousse d’Or. On the palate there is a wealth of fruit, with some robust tannins too, then good acidity. Not quite the flair of its stablemate rival, a little edgier but still with fabulous energy behind." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées" Cuvée Amphore (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($99.99)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is a distinctly restrained character to the pure and exuberantly spicy dark currant and raspberry aromas. There is terrific punch and delineation to the classy and refined medium weight flavors that flash plenty of minerality on the ever-so-slightly drying finish that I ascribe to the recent bottling. 2028+" (04/2018)

89-91 points Vinous: "Healthy dark red. Aromas of purple berries, black cherry and licorice convey a musky quality as well as a subtle liqueur-like aspect. Fat and very ripe but not a sweet style; in fact, this is less expressive and complex than Landanger's other two amphora wines in 2016. (ST)" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($249.99)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is equally superb, with the same sense of reserve and inherent purity as the Criots. The wine is pure and rock solid on the palate and delivers lovely aromatic potential in its still fairly primary bouquet of apple, pear, a touch of tangerine, superb soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and focused, with a rock solid core, superb balance and a very, very long, poised and vibrant finish. All this wine needs is time! 2023-2050." (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru offers more on the nose than the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet this year with aniseed-tinged citrus fruit. The palate is rounded on the entry, quite powerful and pure with notes of orange zest, quince and Japanese yuzu toward the finish that fans out gloriously. Just three barrels of this fine nectar this year. (NM)" (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Blanc (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($36.99)

John Gilman: "The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is a fine example of its level, with its bouquet delivering scents of apple, a touch of tangerine, a nice base of minerality, spring flowers and a touch of almond in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full, crisp and nicely complex, with bright acids and good length and grip on the finish. Good juice. 2018- 2030." (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Maltroie" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($69.99)

92 points John Gilman: "With only one-third of a normal yield in Maltroie in 2016, there is not a lot of this wine in the cellar, but what is here is excellent! The Maltroie delivers a fine nose of apple, orange, almond, wet stone minerality, citrus zest and a lovely topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with racy acids, a fine core and impressive length and grip on the soil-driven and very pure finish. Lovely juice. 2021-2045+." (12/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie exhibited a pleasant reduction on the nose, behind which lies pleasing waxy, linseed aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is pretty with a lively entry, hints of peach skin and nectarine, well balanced with good volume on the finish. Drink over the next four or five years. Six barrels produced compared to 19 in 2017! (NM)" (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Romanee" (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($109.99)

94 points John Gilman: "The Fontaines 2016 la Romanée is another absolutely reference point example of this magical terroir. The bouquet is a very pure and classy blend of apple, pear, orange zest, kaleidoscopic minerality, fruit blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and properly reserved out of the blocks, with a super core, great mineral drive and outstanding cut and grip on the focused and nascently complex finish. Fine, fine juice. 2022- 2045+." (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($89.99)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Caillerets from Céline Fontaine is an outstanding young bottle in the making, with all of the purity and precision of the vintage synthesized with the great signature of minerality of this great vineyard. The nose wafts from the glass in a youthful mix of pear, apple, lemon zest, limestone minerality, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with outstanding focus and grip, nascent complexity and great balance on the long and racy finish. Great juice in the making, but give this at least three or four years in the cellar to really start to blossom. 2021-2045." (12/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chassagne Montrachet 1Er Cru les Caillerets had the highest natural alcohol level of the Chassagnes. There is fine mineralité on the nose, quite tensile with a subtle marine influence coming through with time. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, good energy here and the mineralité flourishing and lending tension all the way through to the finish, ginger on the aftertaste. This is the best premier cru from the domaine apart from their La Boudriotte. (NM)" (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Vergers" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($69.99)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Vergers from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is another tightly-knit and racy young Chassagne, with excellent potential for the cellar. The bouquet delivers a classic blend of apple, pear, a touch of almond, chalky soil, orange blossoms and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and zesty in personality, with fine mid-palate depth, lovely focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and well-balanced finish. Fine juice. 2019- 2035+." (12/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers, cropped at 13 hectoliters per hectare, has a much more expressive and interesting bouquet compared to the Clos des Murées with lemon curd, spice and orange blossom that bursts from the glass. The palate is well balanced with good density and weight, the acidity well judged with a vibrant, almond-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellentone of the finest from Fontaine-Gagnard this year and up there with their 2014. (NM)" (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($69.99)

92 points John Gilman: "There was no frost damage in any of the Fontaine familys holdings in Morgeots in this year, which will make this one of the easiest of their premier crus to find in the market. The wine is outstanding in 2016, with a very transparent personality out of the blocks. The youthful bouquet is a fine mix of lemon, apple, complex minerality, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a very good core, very good cut and grip and a long, dancing and very nicely balanced finish. This does not have quite the concentration in the mid-palate of the Chenevottes or Vergers this year, but the wine is every bit as good! 2018-2035." (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots has a well-defined bouquet with honeysuckle and candle wax aromas, good complexity but it will need more time. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, quite saline in the mouth with good depth. It might need to develop a tad more tension on the finish but it is a fine Chassagne that should give a decade's worth of pleasure. (NM)" (12/2017)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($699.99)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Pommard 1er Cru "Les Rugiens" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($69.99)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Rugiens from Céline Fontaine is a beautiful wine in the making as well, but I get the sense that there is just not quite the same energy here as in the stunning Clos des Chênes this year, which I would attribute this to the vines struggling to ripen the fruit perfectly as they strive against the leaf roll virus. So, one does not get quite the same sense of gorgeous sappiness in the 2016 Rugiens as in the Clos des Chênes, but the wine is pure, complex and beautifully balanced in all other respects. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine, red fruity blend of cherries, quince, woodsmoke, complex soil tones, a touch of currant leaf and a topnote of rose petals. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, transparent and deep at the core, with ripe tannins, good acids and fine focus and grip on the long, complex and classy finish. 2026-2065." (12/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens was broody and a little introverted on the nose, probably due to be racked sooner than some of the more expressive Volnays. The palate is crisp and taut with cranberry and redcurrant fruit, a good backbone with a nicely poised, quite feminine (for a Pommard) finish that gently caresses. This is a delightful Pommard Rugiens that should give a decade's worth of drinking pleasure. (NM)" (12/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a .21 ha parcel). Here too there is evident but not dominant wood present on the pretty essence of red pinot fruit, lavender, spice and soft earth-scented aromas. The sleek, delicious and caressing middle weight plus flavors also brim with minerality that continues onto the dusty, long and more harmonious finish. Lovely." (04/2018)

2016 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (Pre-Arrival) - 10 available ($69.99)

94 points John Gilman: "To my palate, after Domaine Lafarge, the Fontaine familys example of Clos des Chênes is the very finest to be found in all of Burgundy these days. The 2016 here is going to be a stunning wine, as it offers up a fine bouquet of sweet cassis, dark berries, currant leaf, bitter chocolate, a complex base of soil, woodsmoke and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a superb core of fruit, great transparency, ripe, seamless tannins and a very, very long, complex, very precise and tangy finish. A classic in the making. 2026- 2075." (12/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes has a mixture of red and black fruit on the crisp, tensile nose, crushed rose petals just underneath. I admire the strictness of these Pommard-like aromas. The palate is soft and pure on the entry with red plum and cranberry fruit, very fine tannin and an almost caressing, silky smooth finish that is a delight. Excellent. (NM)" (12/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Enough wood to mention frames the ripe and fresh aromas of plum, black cherry and intriguing spice wisps. The finer yet still overtly powerful middle weight plus flavors possess notably more minerality while delivering fine length on the dusty and sappy finish. Here too there is a hint of dryness but in this case it appears to be more due to a bit of residual sulfur from the bottling than underripe tannins." (04/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Bousselots" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Bousselots has a similar fruit profile to the Chaignots, albeit with a little more horsepower and the fruit a tad darker. The palate is very well balanced with impressive concentration and focus. The acidity is well judged, and there is a gorgeous seam of blood orange and spice that runs through the long, quite intense finish. This has a lot of potential, certainly one of the best Bousselots that I have tasted from this address in recent years. (NM)" (12/2017)

90-93 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry are lifted by a whiff of violet. More discreet in the mouth than the Chaignots but with its imploded dark fruit flavors accented by high-pitched florality. Finishes pristine, firmly tannic and long, with a restrained sweetness and a sappy juicy quality. (ST)" (01/2018)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An airy, cool and admirably pure nose is composed by notes of the essence of red currant, spice and a touch of earth, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. Once again there is terrific punch and detail to the restrained medium-bodied flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the lingering finish that is shaped by a firm tannic spine. This is a relatively refined Nuits but it's a Nuits all the same, which is to say that it's less rustic than most of the wines in the range." (01/2018)

92 points Decanter: "Like the Chaignots, the Bousselots hails from the Vosne side of Nuits and it reveals similar fruit tones of cassis and wild berries, mingling with notes of smoked duck, incense and well-judged new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, rich, sapid and nicely complete, its ample chassis of tannin cloaked in a sweet core of fruit. (WK)" (10/2017)

92 points John Gilman: "The Bousselots 2016 is again, quite black fruity this year, as well as very sappy and pure. The bouquet delivers a superb blend of cherries, dark berries, dark chocolate, woodsmoke, violets, complex soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant on the attack, with a sappy core, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the very well-balanced finish. Fine, fine juice. 2023-2065." (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 92 points Jasper Morris MW: "The vineyard is flat with deep soil but 50 year old vines give excellent small grapes. Very rich full purple which continues on the nose, juicy and plump with fewer tannins and a touch more acidity. Some plums here. Juicily enjoyable." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Cailles" (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($159.99)

93-95 points Decanter: "The Cailles is superb this year, opening up in the glass to reveal notes of wild berries, blackberry, red cherry, game bird, wood smoke and spice. The wine is elegant and expansively full-bodied, its fine-grained tannins largely hidden by a sappy, intense core of fruit. Like Les St-Georges and Les Vaucrains, this is a bit more reticent than the other wines in the cellar this year, but that is only an indication of its seriousness. (WK)" (10/2017)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2016 les Cailles from the Chevillon family is another superb wine in the making. This is a bit more reserved on the nose than most of these other premier crus, but deep down, it shares the same sappy expression of fruit wedded to great soil signature. The nose offers up a very pure blend of black cherries, plums, a whisper of blood orange, gamebird, complex soil tones, woodsmoke, raw cocoa, violets and vanillin oak. With air, an overt topnote of hazelnuts also emerges from the glass. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully soildriven in personality, with great depth at the core, ripe, fine-grained tannins and beautiful focusand grip on the very long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. A tour de force. 2028-2075+." (01/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles has a sense of completeness and harmony on the nose that is utterly engaging. This is so pure and focused, a mixture of red and black fruit interlaced by cold stone, almost slate-like scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy black fruit, more masculine that the nose suggests with good grip on the almost stern finish. But there is a lot of fruit packed into this Les Cailles, and it will reward those with the wherewithal to cellar for 5 or 6 years. (NM)" (12/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, white pepper and smoke are complemented by a deep mineral pungency. An essence of sappy Pinot on the palate, with its highly concentrated black fruit and mineral flavors accented by flowers and spices. This glistening, fine-grained wine saturates the entire mouth without leaving any impression of weight. Perhaps most impressive today on the rising stony finish, which leaves behind a subtle sweetness and a complicating licorice note. This has near-grand cru class. (ST)" (01/2018)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A strikingly pretty, even perfumed, nose is comprised by aromas of spiced plum, dark currant, tea and a discreet but not invisible application of wood. There is both more refinement and minerality present on the caressing yet quite powerful medium-bodied flavors that also culminate in an equally firm and lingering finish. This too is built-to-age but in contrast to the Pruliers, the natural refinement of a classic Les Cailles will permit it to be approached after 6 to 8 years." (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 94pts Jasper Morris, MW: "Plump purple colour with a noticeably riper fruit profile. Blackberries, huge density though, as Bertrand Chevillon says, also feminine in the silkiness of the texture. Long, ripe, full of charm with the necessary acidity perfectly folded in." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Chaignots" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Chaignots chez Chevillon has turned out brilliantly this year and is one of the best young vintages of this cuvée that I have tasted in several years. The bouquet is pure and simply stunning, delivering a marvelous blend of sappy plums and black cherries, raw cocoa, a superb base of soil tones, pigeon and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, great backend mineral drive, suave tannins and a long, focused and perfectly balanced finish. A stunning young Nuits." (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots has wonderful purity on the nose, a serious step up from the village cru this yearbright red cherry and bergamot scents pouring from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, bright red cherry and wild strawberry fruit and impressive tension. This is like a coiled spring. Matured in two year oak, it manages to attain a sensuality that is already very engaging. Very fine. (NM)" (12/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched nose offers up notes of plum, dark raspberry and more evident earth and spice influences. The sleek and mineral-inflected flavors possess a lovely underlying tension while delivering fine depth and persistence on the firm, moderately austere and balanced finale." (01/2018)

91 points Decanter: "The Chaignots is attractive in 2016, its aromas of cassis, myrtille and game bird framed by a creamy application of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is supple, rich and full-bodied, with good energy and a deep, sapid core of fruit. (WK)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 92pts Jasper Morris, MW: "10 barrels from 1.5 ha of old vines. Rich deep colour, vigorous fruit, an excellent supple texture, the fruit still more at the front, weaving in both red and black notes, lovely density and finishes very well." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Perrieres" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières has a more floral and mineral-driven bouquet, a bit of light after the broodier Roncier. The palate is medium-bodied with a confit-like entry, quite intense with concentrated with veins of fresh fig discretely interwoven into the red berry fruit. There is sense of compactness here and it is only in the last third that it stretches its arms. This is a lovely Les Perrières from Chevillon. (NM)" (12/2017)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Perrières from Bertrand Chevillon is another outstanding wine in the making. This is utterly classic, offering up a beautiful aromatic synthesis of red and black fruit tones, stony soil elements, raw cocoa, gamebird, nutskin and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core of fruit, fine-grained tannins and a very long, vibrant and soil-driven finish. Gorgeous wine in the making. 2026- 2065+." (01/2018)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is aromatically quite similar to the Roncières with perhaps just a bit more elegance. The more evidently mineral-inflected flavors possess a slightly finer mouthfeel while delivering excellent depth and length on the built-to-age finish. The Chevillon Perrières typically ages exceptionally well and the 2016 version will be no exception. Worth a look if you have the patience." (01/2018)

92 points Decanter: "The Perrières is the most high-toned wine in the Chevillon cellar this year, its bouquet of rose petal, violet, red berries and cassis preceding a bright, vibrant wine with a sweet core of fruit and fine, chalky tannins. (WK)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Plump red purple, generous fruit and a little oak, then a thoroughly attractive mineral laden finish. Great red fruit. Very fine detail at the back, a perfectly poised Nuits reflective of its terroir." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Pruliers" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A restrained and discreetly earthy nose features ripe plum and black berry liqueur aromas that are set off by a moderate lashing of wood. The broad-scaled, rich and intense flavors possess a sleek muscularity along with excellent power, all wrapped in a rustic, austere and backward finish. As is usually the case, this is the most obviously Nuits in character among the Chevillon wines and like the Perrières, it demands considerable patience but it's virtually always worth the wait." (01/2018)

94 points John Gilman: "The inherent elegance of the 2016 vintage is very much in evidence in this stunning young Pruliers. This is a terroir that can often take a decade or two in bottle for the elegance here to arrive, but the 2016 version from Domaine Chevillon already shows extraordinary refinement. The bouquet delivers a superb constellation of sappy black plums and black cherries, gamebird, dark chocolate, violets, dark soil tones and vanillin oak. This will get very black truffley as it ages. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a rock solid core, excellent acids and focus, ripe tannins and a very long, complex and soil-driven finish. Agreat vintage of Pruliers. 2026-2070+." (01/2018)

93 points Decanter: "The Pruliers is archetypal Nuits, offering up aromas of plum, cassis, rich soil and undergrowth, framed by a deft application of new oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with a firm but fine chassis of assertive but ripe tannins, and a succulent core of sweet fruit. All this needs is time. (WK)" (10/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers is initially tightly wound and only really expresses itself after a few swirls of the glass: blackcurrant, raspberry preserve, wilted rose petals and a fine mineral seam underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, confit-like red berry fruit, blood orange and a slightly more savory finish where the wood is just a little more pronounced. Give this Pruliers 2 or 3 years in bottle. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Rich purple black colour, dense rich dark plums, but juicy rather than heavy. There is significant weight of fruit through the middle with sturdy tannins. Close to a classic interpretation of Nuits-St-Georges, albeit quite backward at this stage." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Roncieres" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh and quite densely fruited nose combines notes of red and dark cherry, cranberry and plenty of both spice and warm earth wisps. The beautifully intense and chiseled middle weight flavors brim with minerality on the dusty, firm and palate coating finish that also flashes a touch of youthful austerity. This isn't the densest wine in the range but the balance is impeccable. *Outstanding*" (01/2018)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Roncières from Domaine Chevillon is every bit as brilliant as the Chaignots this year, but it is a tad more reserved in personality and will need a bit more time in the cellar to blossom fully. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a stellar blend of red and black raspberries, black cherries, bitter chocolate, a fine base of soil, vanillin oak and an exotic topnote of eucalyptus. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with great focus and grip, ripe, seamless tannins and a very long, very, very promising finish. Great juice. 2025-2065." (01/2018)

90-93 points Vinous: "Bright red with ruby tones. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Richer and fatter than the Bousselots but also a bit medicinal and lower-pitched, offering flavors of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Finishes drier in a classical way, with bigger shoulders and more obvious tannins than the Vosne-side Bousselots, if not quite that wine's class. (ST)" (01/2018)

92 points Decanter: "The Roncières is lovely, opening in the glass with aromas of blackberry, currant leaf and meaty bass notes. The wine is rich, full-bodied and structurally firmer than the Chaignots and Bousselots, its chassis of tannin asserting itself on the finish. This will be beautiful after a decade in the cellar. (WK)" (10/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Roncière felt more muted on the nose at this stage despite aeration, developing a subtle tertiary/woodland note after five minutes in the glass. The palate is structured and masculine, a serious Nuits Saint Georges that will hopefully evolve a little more corpulence toward the finish by the time this is in bottle. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Jasper Morris MW: "Plump delicious purple, lifted dark raspberry notes, a slightly more solid structure, very ripe but still red fruit leaps up behind. More red fruit at the finish vying with the perfume of super-ripe cherries plus some herbal notes. Good acid tannin balance." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains" (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($159.99)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh but brooding nose displays plenty of sauvage character on the ripe dark currant, plum and humus scents. The big-bodied and robust flavors also possess excellent power that continues onto the austere and markedly firm finish that delivers explosively fine length. Like the Les St. Georges, this bold effort is very Vaucrains and is going to require a long snooze in a chilly cellar because it won't be approachable young." (01/2018)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Vaucrains is surprisingly red fruity this year- particularly given how black fruity several of the other crus here that often show a lot of red fruit have turned out in thisvintage. The wine is stellar, offering up a very precise and promising bouquet of cherries, redplums, gamebird, a great base of soil, lavender, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a sappy core of fruit, stunning backend mineral drive, ripe, fine-grained tannins and a very long, properly reserved finish. This will be a great vintage of Vaucrains. 2030-2085+." (01/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are just nine barrels from 1.5 hectares of vines this year, so make the most of the 2016 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains if you can locate a bottle. It has a very intense but classy bouquet with pure red cherry, cranberry and wild strawberry scents infused by cold stone aromas. I adore the delineation of these aromatics. The palate is defined by filigree tannin, pitch perfect acidity, an almost sorbet-like freshness than dovetails into a lightly spiced, fine boned finish that is a pure joy. This may even surpass the 2015. (NM)" (12/2017)

94 points Decanter: "The Vaucrains is the most powerful and structurally assertive of Chevillons wines, its smoky bouquet of grilled squab, cassis and rosehip introducing a very full-bodied, richly tannic wine with exceptional texture and concentration, as well as lovely energy. Theres a real abundance of tannin here that makes this classic Vaucrains, and there would be little point purchasing this for near-term consumption as it isnt realistically likely to peak before 2035, but the patient should be amply rewarded. (WK)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Deep black centre with purple rim. The bouquet is clear-cut, chiselled, promising great concentration along with a sense of nobility. Piercingly intense, the fruit is predominantly black in style, along with some very dark raspberry and hint of redcurrant. This has real depth and intensity, evidently for the long term." (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Blanc (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($89.99)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is wonderfully fresh with its appealing array of both red and dark currant, earth and soft wood scents. I very much like the sense of vibrancy projected by the solidly intense and well-detailed medium weight flavors that terminate in a notably firmer finish that exhibits a touch of youthful austerity. This is also very good for its level and recommended." (01/2018)

90 points Decanter: "Chevillons Nuits villages is very attractive, with an expressive bouquet of wild berries, blackcurrant and rich soil. On the palate the wine is medium-full, supple and concentrated, its fine but firm chassis of tannin nicely cloaked in a core of ripe, juicy fruit. (WK)" (10/2017)

90 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Vieilles Vignes is a beautiful wine and very black fruity in personality this year. The nose jumps from the glass in a classy blend of black cherries, dark berries, bitter chocolate, a fine base of soil, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep. pure and sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature, ripe, suave tannins and fine length and grip on the focused and complex finish. Lovely villages. 2023-2060." (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 90 point Jasper Morris, MW: "Dark centre with purple rim. Deep dense and juicy dark fruit. Solid, full of fruit, raspberry seedless with ripe bramble notes behind some wood tannins. A thoroughly satisfactory village Nuits." (01/2018)