Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Domaine Bruno Clair 2016
A bit more wood can be found on the super-spicy essence of red currant, lavender, anise and earth-suffused nose. There is first-rate volume and muscle as well as almost painful intensity to the broad-shouldered flavors that display outstanding power and focus on the delineated and hugely long finish. Like several of the wines in the range this is very much constructed for the long-term and I would advise buying this strikingly gorgeous effort only if you're prepared to allow it at least a decade of cellaring.
|Score: 93/96||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (69), January 2018|
(30 hectoliters per hectare produced): Moderately saturated medium red. The most expressive and floral on the nose today of these young 2016s, offering alluring aromas of cherry, raspberry and rose petal. Not hugely fleshy in the early going, but delivers lovely juicy cut and an impression of firm acidity to its highly nuanced flavors of cherry, berries, smoke, spices and flowers. This deep, sappy, intensely flavored wine, made from a high percentage of tiny millerandé grapes (50% of these vines are more than 80 years old), is showing brilliantly today but should also age very well.
|Score: 93/95||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, January 2018|
The Clos de Bèze offers up a brooding and umami-laden bouquet of red and black cherry, grilled meat, dried ceps, summer truffle and wood smoke. On the palate the wine is deep and full-bodied, more solid and substantial than the Clos St-Jacques, with an ample chassis of fine-grained tannin, chewy extract and a cool core of fruit.
|Score: 94||William Kelley, Decanter.com, October 2017|
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