Burgundy 2016 – G

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See the full guide to our coverage of Burgundy's 2016 vintage. 

DOMAINE GAGEY — see Burgundy 2016 – H–K under LOUIS JADOT

DOMAINE JEAN-NOËL GAGNARD, Chassagne-Montrachet

Dom Jean-Noël Gagnard, Caroline Lestimé Sous Éguisons 2016 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune

This carries the domaine name on the back label but the front label is heavily branded with Caroline Lestimé’s name. Screwcap. Under a limestone cliff.
Straightforward, generic white burgundy nose. Correct and bone dry on the end without being thrilling. This would be a useful house white for a conventional household with quite a bit of money. I admire the freshness and dryness.

13%
Drink
2017
2020
£180 per case of 12 ib Berry Bros & Rudd
16

DOMAINE GEANTET-PANSIOT, Gevrey-Chambertin 
JR: A very impressive and consistent range at relatively good prices. 

DOMAINE GÉNOT-BOULANGER, Meursault 
JR: An extensive domaine with 22 ha including some in the Côte Chalonnaise. 30% whole-bunch reds, which are impressive, as are the whites. 

Dom Génot-Boulanger, Le Ronceret Premier Cru 2016 Volnay

Pure, fruity nose that is very expressive of Volnay even if not exactly concentrated. The exuberance of the fruit distracts from a very very slightly bitter note on the end. Well done!

Drink
2021
2030
£295 per case of 6 ib Flint Wines
16.5

DOMAINE JEAN-JACQUES GIRARD, Savigny-lès-Beaune 

Dom Jean-Jacques Girard, Les Belles Filles 2016 Pernand-Vergelesses

Not giving much away on the nose; just a touch of spice. Lean, crisp and refreshing with a tangy citrus finish. Quite good length but a bit austere in its citrus purity. Not sure it has the fruit depth for longer ageing. (JH)

13%
Drink
2018
2022
£288 per case of 12 Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
15.5

Dom Jean-Jacques Girard 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune

Lemony fruit, plenty of freshness but could do with a little more depth on the mid palate. Even without that, it is balanced and correct, just not a standout. (JH)

13%
Drink
2018
2022
£294 per case of 12 Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
15.5

Dom Jean-Jacques Girard Pinot 2016 Bourgogne

Mid crimson, a touch reductive now. Dark-red fruit, impressive depth for a Bourgogne. Chewy and honest. (JH)

Drink
2018
2023
£144 per case of 12 ib Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
16

Dom Jean-Jacques Girard Pinot 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune

Mid crimson. A little more fragrant and sweet-fruited than the Bourgogne. Dry, firm and plenty of flavour if less charm than I normally expect from a Savigny. (JH)

Drink
2019
2025
£184 per case of 12 ib Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
16

Dom Jean-Jacques Girard Pinot 2016 Volnay

Mid crimson. Dark-red fruit and some hints of oak spice but not oak sweetness. Firm, young tannins giving a dry texture at the moment but it’s all in balance and just a little closed at the moment. (JH)

Drink
2020
2028
£294 per case of 12 ib Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
16 +

JUSTIN GIRARDIN, Santenay
JR: Friendly prices and friendly wines. 

Justin Girardin 2016 Bourgogne

Very fresh forest-floor notes. Some grainy tannins and some suggestion of very slightly stewed fruit, but certainly not overpriced.

Drink
2020
2023
£85 per case of 12 ib H2Vin
15.5

Justin Girardin, Clos Rousseau Premier Cru 2016 Santenay

Barrel sample. Lightish crimson. Tastes riper than the Santenay Maladière, more obviously fruity but still a little stemmy, in a good way. Dry finesse on the palate. Subtle rather than generous but harmonious in this style. Unexpected length. (JH)

Drink
2020
2025
£125 per case of 6 ib Corney & Barrow
16

Justin Girardin, La Maladière Premier Cru 2016 Santenay

Barrel sample. Light to mid crimson. Fragrant with red fruit and a light, non-intrusive herbal stemmy quality, an attractive leafiness. Then riper on the palate but still dark-fruited. Firm, dry with a chalky finish. Refined and GV. (JH)

Drink
2019
2024
£125 per case of 6 ib Corney & Barrow
16

Justin Girardin, Premier Cru 2016 Pommard

Barrel sample. Light to mid cherry red. This is a little richer and fuller than the Santenays but still pretty dry in texture, though here there is better balance than on the Beauregard so that the tannins seem less severe. (JH)

Drink
2020
2028
£185 per case of 6 ib Corney & Barrow
16

VINCENT GIRARDIN, Meursault
JR: Eric Germain ensures good terroir expression at this demanding négociant. Christophe Marrin has express responsibility for the...