See the full guide to our coverage of Burgundy's 2016 vintage.
DOMAINE DANIEL DAMPT, Chablis
RH: Better value in the premiers crus.
Lovely lime and yoghurt flavours – classic and concentrated with lingering dairy character on the finish. Very nicely done – delivers all the Chablis style with a touch of stony character too. (RH)
Sweeter fruit than their Les Lys, and perhaps not quite as precise as a result. Fleshy and rich with a long, perfumed finish. A good example of fuller Chablis. (RH)
More restrained than their Les Lys and Côte de Léchet, with a restrained lemon and apple fruit and a finish that emphasises flinty flavours over fruit. (RH)
Fairly closed nose, but the palate has rich tropical fruit and full body. No oak influence, but a tasty dairy character on the finish. Not as overt as many grands crus can be, but should age well. (RH)
DOMAINE SÉBASTIEN DAMPT, Chablis
Bottled. Finely dusty citrus. Bone dry and chalky, classic, with a nice chalky texture on the finish. Mouth-watering and tight but not terribly concentrated. (JH)
Bottled. A little more intense on the nose, more citrus, than the village Chablis. Chalky and dry but with more depth of fruit and greater persistence with a grainy texture. (JH)
60-year-old vines, northern-facing. Bottled.
Brisk and cedary on the nose. Lime fruited, stony. Bone, bone dry and lean but not thin. Sinewy. Mouth-watering. (JH)
60-year-old vines, east-facing. Bottled.
Smells a little richer and riper on the nose than the Lys. Cedary lime and green fruits plus all that benchmark Chablis dusty/stony character. Intense citrus fruit, severe in its freshness but balanced by the greater fruit depth here. Creamy aftertaste. (JH)
‘Right bank and thus a little more opulent', says Dampt. Fermented in a 16-hl concrete egg, which gives some oxygenation and natural equivalent of bâtonnage thanks to the shape. Bottled.
There's definitely a more chewy texture here, a breadth in the mouth, in addition to the precision of citrus fruit. Tight, mouth-watering but balanced by that texture. Very long. (JH)
‘Right bank and thus a little more opulent', explains Dampt. Bottled.
Complex aroma that intertwines dusty Chablis character, lemon and apple fruit and a sense of precision, which is evident on the palate. There's a creaminess too and a savoury/mealy lees richness. Fuller in the mouth than the Vaillons. (JH)
DOMAINE VINCENT DAMPT, Chablis
Unoaked, bottled. Intense cedar-citrus aroma and a fine dusty/mineral edge. Lovely chalky texture and excellent freshness. Taut, pure and mouth-watering length and just a slight grainy texture on the finish, which increases the length. GV (JH)
Unoaked, bottled. This smells a little more creamy/leesy than the Vaillons but still with cedary freshness and citrus fruit. One of those wines that is such a pleasure to inhale that you almost don't want to put it in your mouth. Fuller and deeper in the mouth too with that richer, broader texture, but still supremely fresh and zesty. Very long. (JH)
Unoaked, bottled. Lost half their crop here – the lower part of the vineyard was totally frosted.
Lovely fruit here, lemon and clementine. Less herbal but still a fine stony quality. Taut and precise on the palate. More austere than I expected after the aroma but all in balance. Perhaps a little less intensity than the Lys? (JH)
An experiment for first time in this vintage, fermented in 350-litre barrels (hence the name), none new. No bâtonnage, bottled. Fermentation took three months (2017s still fermenting mid January). Barrels were two years old and from his friend Marc Bachelet.
Gentle oak notes – spice and sweet lemon. A touch of creamy oatmeal but it does not cover the fine, citrus freshness. Deep, creamy and still wonderfully fresh and full of energy. Persistent and pure even with the complexity of the oak. (JH)
Fermented in 228-litre barrels, none new. No bâtonnage. Bottled.
Smells rich, spicy and creamy and it is really powerful on the palate. More spice and more obvious oak than in the Côte de Léchet 350. Direct and piercing but quite muscular around that framework. A powerful wine without loss of finesse or freshness. (JH)
DOMAINE HENRI DARNAT, Meursault
Refined peppery nose, delicate and distinctive. Nicely chalky. Then on the palate a lovely blend of creamy generosity and tight citrus. Elegance and a long though delicate finish. (JH)
This smells a little riper than the Meursault Clos du Domaine. Really sweet lemon fruit with a light note of oatmeal from the oak. Almost chewy in texture but rounded and with a savoury quality on the back palate adding complexity. Impressive depth and length. (JH)
Bought-in fruit but he does not distinguish on the label – he’s been buying from this vineyard for many years. Bottled.
More creamy and mealy (oak?) on the nose than the Meursault Clos Richemont. Precise herby citrus. Tight, finely spiced and a lovely dry texture giving a gripping but attractive, chalky finish. Very good. (JH)
Monopole. More cedar here, perhaps more new oak? More savoury. Gorgeous combination of very crisp lemon and grapefruit and that full-bodied lees texture that spreads across the palate. Mouth-wateringly fresh but satisfyingly deep at the same time. (JH)
Monopole. Bottled. On the Volnay side.
Strongly stony/mineral nose, almost a Chablis-esque dustiness. On the palate, a creamy citrus depth and breadth so you know you are not in Chablis. Refined and persistent, an almost salty freshness on the finish, making you want the next sip. (JH)
DOMAINE DARVIOT-PERRIN, Monthelie
Cask sample. The most expressive and open of the whites tasted so far at the Howard Ripley tasting, though it should still age well. Lovely creamy oak/lees richness round bright citrus. The merest hint of struck match but mostly it’s cool, creamy citrus with a long, bone-dry finish. (JH)
Tank sample. A touch more herbal than the Perrières, more cedary. The same creamy texture and length and perhaps just a little less intensity in the middle. (JH)
Tank sample. There's a sweetness to the citrus here that verges on almost-ripe apricot but there's also a counterpoint of savoury oak. Super-fresh, leesy/creamy texture and overall a nice, stony, dry finish. Smart wine, persistent too. (JH)
Bottled. Intense cedar/citrus aroma with a touch of oak spice/oatmeal, hinting at concentration. On the palate, super-creamy and quite dense. Complete, fresh and persistent. (JH)
Tank sample. Mid crimson. Aroma of dark-red fruit and crushed herbs. Just a little bit herbal, though I don't know if there is any whole bunch here. It's relatively light on the palate but well balanced with moderate length. Tannins build on the finish and are in proportion to the fruit. (JH)
Cask sample. Mid cherry red. Lightly peppery, dark-red fruit. Pure, fresh with a nice stony/mineral note adding freshness. Succulent and pretty on the palate but great presence in the mouth without weight. Delicious in a subtle, refined style, the tannins super-fine too. (JH)
RH: Some especially canny buys from lesser appellations.
Cask sample. Bright black fruit with very modern clarity and juiciness. Savoury, traditional structure but modern, progressive fruit. Quite contrasting, but it works, and offers something to drink now or keep. (RH)
Cask sample. Wonderful fragrance which surpasses the expectation of most Marsanny – in fact, this has a style more like Chambolle or Vosne. Rich fruit and great concentration. There’s prominent oak spice too, which shows on the finish especially. GV (RH)
Cask sample. Not as expressive as their Marsannay Longeroies, though there is still plenty of well-formed red cherry fruit on the nose and palate. Friable tannin, brisk acidity. (RH)
Cask sample. Tight, restrained fruit on the palate – the picture of austerity. Furry texture and fairly light body. I think their Marsannay is the smarter buy right now, but this should improve assuming its belt is loosened with time in bottle. (RH)
Cask sample. Dark fruit with a Morello-cherry character, plus a touch of varnish and menthol on the palate. Finely ground tannins, plentiful concentration and good length. Has a sense of waiting to burst forth with a few years' ageing. (RH)
JEAN-YVES DEVEVEY, Demigny
Barrel sample. Deep greenish yellow. Quite a funky nose, bordering, by no means unpleasantly, on cidery. I like this wine! Lots of personality and depth with real minerally interest and good fruit/acid balance. Masses of personality. Long.13.5%
Barrel sample. Bright crimson. Fairly light and spicy but a bit marked by oak at the moment. Hint of mousiness. Then pinched on the end. Dead natural at the moment, I’d say. Not for me.13.5%
DOMAINE DE LA DOUAIX, Arcenant
RH: Dependable and enjoyable burgundies in a traditional style.
Pungent nose with a strong varnish and herbal element which is certainly characterful but doesn't seem entirely ripe. The balance is correct though, so perhaps this is a deliberate style? Much more flavour range than the average Bourgogne, for sure. (RH)
Cask sample. Leathery, black cherry and piquant spices. Distinctive and charismatic, with plenty of furry tannin. Delivers enjoyable complexity for the appellation. (RH)
Cask sample. Greater concentration of fruit than their Terres Nobles, but less expression of perfume. The palate has reassuringly full concentration and tannic grip to suggest good development of complexity in future. (RH)
DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL DROIN, Chablis
JR: Unusually varied styles of wine were made in 2016.
Bottled. Dusty but quite tart and intense citrus aroma, almost more lime than lemon. Creamy texture subdues the crisp citrus. Overall a lovely balance of mineral/stony and tangy fruit, with impressive concentration. (JH)
Big and muscular. Not refined but chewy and youthful.
Cool, restrained and chalky. Not the most communicative Chablis 2016. Lots to chew on.
Bottled. Intense again and tangy but a light herbal edge to the citrus here as well as that stony minerality. Impressive intensity and length allied to perfect freshness. Impressive, benchmark Chablis grand cru. (JH)
Dense and exciting and cool. Very restrained and elegant. Great depth of flavour. Long and cool with great density.
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