Drouhin Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru 2016

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The 2016 crop was low in quantity but its quality provides a nice surprise. The mature grapes gave deep ruby-colored wines displaying notes of black fruit mingled with hints of violet and spices. The palate is round and generous. The wines are typical of their terroir. Fine lace and silk are the words most often associated with this wine. Bright, intense color and complex aromas evoking violet, black cherry and damp earth. According to the vintages, there are also notes of truffle and game. Refined tannins coat the palate. Good balance between texture and acidity. Long aftertaste, with notes of cherry and candied fruit.

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Tim Atkin 94 - Seven premier cru vineyards, all located below the village, are used to make this wine, although some were affected by frost in 2016. This is always an excellent Chambolle, which is much more than the sum of its parts, with 15% whole bunches, plenty of texture and lacy, granular tannins. 2020-28.
James Suckling 93 - Very vivid and aromatic with perfume and floral character. Sliced strawberries and lemons. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and delicious aftertastes of fruit, hazelnut and light chocolate. Drink in 2021.
Decanter 93 - This premier cru blend, like its Vosne-Romanée counterpart, is very fine this year, offering up a lovely nose of creamy red fruit, venison and forest floor. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and intense, its fine, chalky tannins cloaked in a rich, deep core of succulent fruit. This should age superbly. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
Wine Spectator 93 - An alluring expression of pure cherry, strawberry and currant fruit, plus floral and spice notes, highlights this elegant red. A firm structure underlies it all, boding well for future development. Best from 2022 through 2040.
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