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Now Available: Breathtaking 2016s from Burgundy Master Domaine Frédéric Esmonin - 01/27/2018 - Red Burgundy

Among the first of the 2016 Burgundies to hit the market, the line up from Domaine Frédéric Esmonin is nothing short of spectacular. André and Frédéric Esmonin have been quietly producing stellar Burgundies from some of the most coveted sites since the 1980s. (Prior to this period, they sold their fruit to such famed negociants as Leroy and Jadot.) Only recently, however, have they come on the radar of a wider audience, earning much deserved attention. Known for crafting wines that are approachable and elegant on release, the Esmonins have continued on this path with the 2016s. That being said, there is an unmistakable underlying power across the portfolio - these are wines that capture the very essence of terroir the region. The critics we very impressed awarding big points and high accolades, calling specific attention to the impressive range of flavors and textures these wines offer. The quality of the wines is unmistakable, putting them on par with some of the most coveted producer in Burgundy, including the likes of Arnoux, Engel, and Jean Grivot. The 2016s as a whole are delightful wines and show potential for long-term aging, with this set from Esmonin being no exception. As with most Burgundy domaines, production is highly limited (which is particularly true of the 2016 vintage), so buying first tranche releases is always recommended. Any Burgundy collector will certainly want these gems in their collection.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Estournelles St-Jacques" 92 -4 $64.99 View
2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaux St-Jacques" 91 36 Price: Hidden View
2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 95 0 $129.99 View
2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 0 $129.99 View

2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Estournelles St-Jacques" - -4 available ($64.99)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more elegant if not necessarily more complex nose combines strikingly fresh notes of plum, earth and spice with an appealing floral wisp. There is excellent purity to the transparent and more mineral-driven if lighter-bodied flavors that possess a lovely mouthfeel while delivering even better length on the lingering finish. Unlike the Lavaut this could be approached young but should age just as well." (01/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Good medium red; a bit less saturated than the Champonnets and Lavaux Saint-Jacques. The most expressive on the nose of these three premier crus, offering scents of black raspberry, smoky minerals, rose petal and spices. Plush, savory and sweet, boasting excellent depth to its restrained flavors of red and darker berries. Still youthfully wound-up but the wine's breadth and fine-grained texture are already impressive. A step beyond the other Gevrey premier crus in sweetness, finesse and length. Finishes with serious but integrated tannins and noteworthy subtle length. This is almost 2015-like in its richness but can't match Esmonin's two 2016 grand crus for texture. (ST)" (01/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Bottled. Mid crimson. A little more red-fruited than the Clos Prieur and less immediately oaky, though there is some oak sweetness. That dark, charry quality on the palate but a lovely core of fruit to fill out the youthful framework and the definite tannins. Some chocolate on the finish and yet still supple and fresh. (JH) 17/20" (01/2018)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

I love this wine, especially for the price! This has everything you could ever want in a top-flight 1er cru Burgundy. The nose is alive with notes of bright red berry, spice and that tell-tale cola note all fine Gevrey-Chambertins have. Layer after layer of complex fruit notes mingle with spice and earth notes to create a breathtaking Gevrey-Chambertin. There's a powerful core of fruit, tannin and acidity here and even though this is showing well now, I have to believe we are still just scratching the surface of what this wine will eventually reveal. A great showing for one of the first 2016s to reach our shelves.

2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaux St-Jacques" Price: Hidden

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A classic Gevrey nose is comprised by brooding dark berry fruit aromas that are cut by notes of humus, freshly turned earth, underbrush and a whiff of game. There is more size, weight and power to the tension and mineral-filled middle weight plus flavors that conclude in a rustic and youthfully austere finale. As is virtually always the case with a good quality Lavaut, this is going to need time." (01/2018)

91 points Vinous: "Good bright, dark red. Pure aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, licorice and minerals, plus a whiff of violet. A step up in sweetness, intensity and pliancy from the Champonnets but still youthfully firm and a bit wound-up, conveying a distinctly savory character to its dark berry, mineral and soil flavors. Finishes with suaver tannins than the Champonnets--and more length. But this may need longer in the cellar in spite of its superior finishing sweetness.(ST)" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru - 0 available ($129.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Kirsch, wild cherry and strawberry flavors are the hallmarks of this monolithic red. Earth, spice and graphite accents add complexity as this flashes muscle on the solid finish. Shows the svelte character of the vintage despite the density and power. Best from 2025 through 2050. From France.B.S." (10/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A completely different nose speaks of more deeply pitched aromas of dark currant, plum, underbrush and a healthy dose of the warm earth and the sauvage. The impressively rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors display a sleek muscularity and once again ample minerality that continues onto the sappy, persistent and serious finale. This is also very good and should easily reward 12 to 15 years of cellaring." (01/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Bright dark red. Very dark but aromatic nose combines blackberry, blueberry, sweet new spicy oak and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Silky and fine-grained on entry, then still a bit youthfully medicinal in the middle palate, with ripe dark fruit and violet flavors dominating. A sexy savory complexity promises much ahead but this is tight today. Finishes with juicy acidity, serious but smooth tannins that dust the front teeth, and sneaky building length. Perhaps not as concentrated or powerful as the 2015 version but delineated, fresh and very well done. (ST) 92+" (01/2018)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

What a beautiful wine! The 2016 Esmonin Mazy Chambertin displays all the beauty and elegance the 2016 vintage is supposed to have. A gorgeous nose of red berries, red flowers and subtle spice notes gives way to a palate that is full of red berry fruit(cranberry, strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry). Fantastic balance, superb complexity and great persistence make this a great introduction to the wonderful 2016 Burgundy vintage.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 19, 2018

Wine of astonishing beauty Mazy-Chambertin is incredibly aromatic. Notes of black cherry, blackcurrants and spice pour from the glass and captivate you immediately. On the palate it's powerful and opulent yet elegant and bright with uplifting acidity and voluptuous texture, full of black cherries and plum. Very dense and concentrated in flavor it will age for a long time though it's hard to keep your hands off it already!

2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru - 0 available ($129.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Very alluring, offering saturated cherry and wild berry fruit, with sandalwood, tobacco and mineral flavors.Beautifully balanced and almost approachable now, with an embedded solid structure. Best from 2023 through 2045." (10/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A cool, pure and highly restrained nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the aromas of spice, red and dark cherry and a whiff of truffle. The appealingly textured medium weight flavors brim with both an attractive tension and plenty of minerality though the strikingly persistent finish is overtly austere and backward. This is a classic example of the appellation and really very impressive." (01/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Bright dark red. Deep, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, animal fur and crushed rock. Large-scaled, dense and almost thick, but with its clarity a bit muddled by reduction. Suppler but less sweet and more medicinal than the Mazy and harder to view today; shows at least as much dimension and depth but not quite the lift of the Mazy. The tannins are fine-grained and rather suave. Am I underrating this? (ST)" (01/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Bottled. Mid crimson. A little less expressive than the Estournelles St-Jacques, more reserved. But theres plenty of oak sweetness entwined with the lightly charry dark fruit. A clear house style. Theres also an attractive lightly dusty note on the nose. On the palate, theres depth to the tannins but they are already incredibly smooth with a mild grip. The fruit is dark and withheld but all there for a more expressive future. Drink 2024-2032. 17.5/20 points (JH)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 95pts Tim Atkin (MW): "Sylvie Esmonin omitted to show me this wine when I visited her in Burgundy, so I was delighted to catch up with it in London. Ruchottes, along with Latricières, is always one the freshest and most vibrant of the Gevrey Grands Crus, and that’s the case here, with black cherry and damson fruit underpinned by acidity. The grip on the finish adds a more serious note. 2026-36." (01/2018)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

While the 2016 Mazy is a bit more feminine the 2016 Esmonin Ruchottes Chambertin is definitely masculine in style. Notes of black fruits, spice and even a slight graphite note pepper the nose of this wine while on the palate there is ample weight and delineation. Baking spice and dark fruits meld with a coiled palate and firm tannins. A big wine that definitely needs time to completely unfurl.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 19, 2018

Ruchottes-Chambertin is less concentrated and rich than Mazy but significantly more taut, racy and mineral thanks to rocky, limestone based soil in the vineyard. It's a charming wine with raspberry, black cherry, floral and sous-bois. Very bright, vivid and juicy on the palate with lots of earthy and mineral notes layering that cherry fruit profile.