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.
Having had to deal with the challenges of 2016, Paul Pernot confessed that the vintage, “Gave us tiny yields due to the frost.” The worst damage was sustained in Pernot’s Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, as well as essentially all his Pinot Noir parcels.
Of course, Pernot needs little introduction, as he has been one of Puligny-Montrachet’s most prominent growers for decades. His red wines may fly a little under the radar, but they are worth seeking out. The Volnay Premier Cru Carelle sous la Chapelle vineyard lies in the center of the village, just to the east of the highway, next to Volnay’s chapel.
Despite extremely low yields, the surviving fruit that was harvested was clean and ripe. Pernot’s 2016 Volnay is fresh and elegant, offering up aromas of dark berries, spice and wildflowers. The palate is medium bodied with fine tannins and a clean, dry finish. We recommend drinking from 2022-2035.