The 2016 vintage in Burgundy was, as Jancis Robinson wrote, “A seriously delicious vintage.” According to Maltroye’s Jean-Pierre Cornut, “The growing season was difficult to manage due to frost and mildew … as Bâtard and Dents de Chien were basically all but wiped out.” What is surprising is that “the second generation buds (post-frost) were not only able to produce good fruit, but excellent and fully mature fruit.”
Here’s what Burghound’s Allen Meadows had to say about Maltroye’s 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet, “A pungent array is composed by notes of petrol, resin, white-fleshed fruit and a hint of matchstick. There is excellent richness to the generously proportioned and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess a suave mouth feel thanks to the abundant dry extract that confers an almost chewy quality to the solidly complex and lingering finish. This is a fine Chassagne villages and worth checking out.”
Nathalie Theulot has been at the helm of her grandparents’ domaine since 1987. Her husband, Jean-Claude Theulot was already making the wine there, having started in 1985. Their vineyard holdings amount to around 11 hectares, half Premier Cru and half village level.
The Premier Cru Monopole La Cailloute was acquired by Nathalie’s grandfather in the 1950’s when the domaine was known as Emilie Juillot. The vineyard sits at an elevation of over 900 feet on a steep slope facing southeast. The steepness aids the over 40 year old vines’ exposure to the strong sunlight. 2014 was a normal growing season bestowing the harvest with clean fruit at proper ripeness levels.
This 2014 La Cailloute struts its stuff out of the gate with dazzling aromas of brambly red berry fruit, earth, and a hint of orange peel. On the palate, it is very much 2014 in character, with a fresh, lively mouth feel, keeping with the tangy, ripe fruit. It’s a keeper that can be enjoyed now or aged up to 15 years.