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The 2016 vintage in Burgundy was fairly unique in that many a vigneron can’t point to any specific vintage to compare it to. As Jancis Robinson puts it, “2016 is a seriously delicious vintage.” She went on to say, “There is a serious shortage of wine.”
According to Maltroye’s Jean-Pierre Cornut, the growing season was difficult to manage due to frost and mildew, which affected yields among his Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, but Santenay was “untouched.” Harvest took place over the last week of September, and Cornut noted that the fruit was ripe and spotless. Jean-Pierre is particularly fond of his Santenay 1er Cru La Comme, often touting its pedigree as superior to his village Chassagne-Montrachet bottling.
This Santenay sports complex aromas of citrus, smoke, and white orchard fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with a round mouth feel that leads to a flashy, complex finish. Burghound’s Allen Meadows describes it as, “At once juicy yet serious.” Drink 2021 - 2033.
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