Bourgogne "Le Clos du Château" 2016

The vintage

The 2016 vintage, an unexpected success!

The winter was too warm, without any frost or snow, which favoured early budding. The Spring was wet. The cold and frost finally appeared but late April. After the rain, the negative temperatures of the clear night, the morning sun burned the buds through the ice which had a "magnifying glass" effect. Thus, April 26th and 27th condemned all hopes of a great harvest. The loss was considerable in some of our parcels. The bad weather continued and the mildew pressure was continuous and unprecedented. Flowering was late and spread over a period of 15 days, due to the poor weather or heterogeneity in the vineyards. This weather was a stain for our biodynamic farming. But we did not give up and we combined resiliency with efforts to stay true to our vinicultural philosophy. At the end of June, when morale was so low, nature took over again. The sun and heat timidly arrived and settled definitely early July. Volte-face for the weather! Dry, hot and scorching days signed the end of mildew pressure! August 15th, the rain saved our vines from hydric stress and the rain falls in September allowed the grapes to resume their maturity cycle (stopped by heat and lack of water) and restore the balance acidity / sugar. We were definitely relieved when we started the harvest on September 23rd for the Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet, with the sun, beautiful and healthy grapes! The smile accompanied us all the way into our vats!

Tasting notes

Pretty and agreeably fresh aromas of mostly pear and apple lead to nicely intense and equally fresh flavors that retain a lovely sense of detail on the saline-inflected and solidly complex finish. This is potentially a very fine Bourgogne and worth checking out.

Score: 86-89     Tasted: Jun 15, 2018    Drink: 2020+     Issue: 71     Outstanding Top value

Allen Meadows – Burghound