Chambolle-Musigny, Michel Gros 2016

Plenty of soft, raspberry Chambolle fruit here to go with a surprising amount of power. Delicious and deceptive.
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Type Red
ABV 12.5%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country France
Region Burgundy
Area Côte de Nuits
Sub Area Chambolle-Musigny
Style Medium-bodied
Vintage 2016
Major Grape Pinot Noir
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Drinking Guide Keep
Food Match Pork Belly
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Red Burgundy Vintages

Potentially a very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits-St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. Early indications are the wines will be more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is looking to be a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure. This followed another difficult year in 2012 weather-wise though the resultant wines are soft and attractive and this in turn was preceded by a year of tricky weather in 2011. The wonderful duo of 2010 and 2009 gave elegant age-worthy wines in the former, and bigger, riper, very drinkable wines in the latter. These followed the more difficult 2008, which produced fresh wines, and 2007 when a poor summer meant only the best growers did well. 2006 was also less than straight-forward but some attractive, pure wines have emerged. The fantastic 2005 vintage gave wines which will need time to show at their best. Before that, the 2004 vintage produced fresher, lighter wines, drinking well now, and the unusually hot vintage of 2003 continues to surprise, though ultimately the tannins may out-live the fruit. 2002 was a good vintage, giving some attractive mid-term drinking wines. The best growers had to be careful not to over-extract tannins in 2001. The Millennium year proved tricky but some soft, easy wines were produced (drink up) while 1999 was a super vintage, giving wines which will stand the test of time but be approachable throughout their evolution. The 1998 vintage produced some good wines though some can be a little foursquare. If you still have some of the charming wines from 1997, drink up soon, whilst the 1996 and 1995s were rather good being fresher and darker respectively.

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