The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru offers attractive blackberry and sous-bois aromas, hints of tobacco developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, well balanced with grippy black fruit and a touch of mint towards the harmonious finish. This is a finely crafted Morey-Saint-Denis although, it flirts and just about avoids heaviness. Very fine, but not reaching the same heights as the bottle shown at the Domaine a few months earlier. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2037
Robert Parker 94-96
“The 2016 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, which comes from vines planted as far back as the 1930s, suffered a lot of millerandage so that the yields was 25 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured one-third new oak and one-third whole bunch fruit. It has an introspective bouquet at first and then gradually unfolds to reveal enticing blackberry, briary and cold stone scents-all very sophisticated and poised. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, a disarming sense of symmetry and tension that impart weightlessness that run paradoxically to the intensity of fruit. This is just a magnificent Morey-Saint-Denis. Top of the class in grand cru territory.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045