Burgundy 2016 – L

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


DOMAINE PIERRE LABET, Clos de Vougeot

Dom Pierre Labet, Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2016 Bourgogne

Organic. Tank sample.
So creamy there is almost a caramel sweetness on the nose but it’s balance by tart citrus freshness. Generous and creamy on the palate. Of course it is dry but in the context of burgundy it has a sweet generosity in the mouth and some oak spice on the finish. Lots of pleasure. (JH)

Drink
2019
2024
£TBC Corney & Barrow
16.5

Dom Pierre Labet, Clos du Dessus des Marconnets 2016 Beaune

Organic. Tank sample.
Creamy and spicy like the Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes but the oak has given this a more savoury cast. Deep and rich and rounded, yet still fresh. Chewy, long finish. Might be good value but the price has not been confirmed. (JH)

Drink
2020
2026
£TBC Corney & Barrow
17

Dom Pierre Labet, Vieilles Vignes 2016 Bourgogne

Organic. Cask sample.
Lightish cherry red. Pretty, floral, gently herbal and very inviting. Spicy on the tongue, lightish but really well modulated. (JH)

Drink
2020
2026
£TBC Corney & Barrow
16

Dom Pierre Labet, Clos du Dessus des Marconnets 2016 Beaune

Organic. Cask sample.
Lightish cherry red. Smells sweeter and riper than the Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes but also a notable stemmy character. That stemmy character on the palate too, giving dry (not drying) texture. A more austere style but in balance in that style. (JH)

Drink
2021
2028
£TBC Corney & Barrow
16

Dom Pierre Labet, Aux Coucherias Premier Cru 2016 Beaune

Organic. Cask sample.
Mid cherry red. Smells much riper than the Clos du Dessus des Marconnets. Lovely red-cherry sweetness. Delicate and scented on the palate. As with the other Labet wines, the tannins are fine and dry but here the fruit seems more generous and thus the whole is more persistent and complete at this stage.(JH

Drink
2021
2030
£TBC Corney & Barrow
16.5

DOMAINE LABRUYÈRE, Romanèche-Thorins

Dom Labruyère, Vieilles Vignes Gamay 2016 Bourgogne

Barrel sample. Mid cherry red. Juicy Gamay fruit. Lively and spiced on the palate, supple tannins, very drinkable but should age better than many Bourgogne Pinots with quite definite but fine tannins. (JH)

Drink
2019
2024
16

Dom Labruyère, Cœur de Terroirs Vieilles Vignes 2016 Moulin-à-Vent

Barrel sample. Mid crimson. Peppery and dark-fruited with a light rocky/mineral note. Dry and savoury on the palate, a lovely refined darkness but not lacking fruit. Classic Moulin-à-Vent with tannic finesse and firmness, well balanced for ageing. Dry, chalky finish. Elegant. (JH)

Drink
2020
2028
£TBC Corney & Barrow
16.5

Dom Labruyère, Le Carquelin Sélection Parcellaire 2016 Moulin-à-Vent

Barrel sample. Deep crimson. Not very expressive now, just dark and rocky and invitingly so. Tantalising. Savoury and rocky dark fruit, has fruit to balance but not to shout at you. This is really elegant and the opposite of showy. Super-refined. (JH)

Drink
2021
2030
£TBC Corney & Barrow
17

Dom Labruyère, Clos du Moulin à Vent 2016 Moulin-à-Vent

Monopole. Barrel sample.
Deep cherry red. Smells very different from Le Carquelin, more meaty but still that dark, rocky minerality. Bone dry, chalky. Refined texture, almost chalky but more like layers of paper. A long, dark, savoury finish. Needs time. (JH)

Drink
2024
2030
£TBC Corney & Barrow
17 ++

DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE, Volnay and DOMAINE LAFARGE VIAL, Fleurie 
JR: Lovely stuff as always plus four Beaujolais crus. We were shown the amazing traditional wicker giant disc used for gentle destemming (see photo below). Frédéric and Chantal’s daughter Clothilde has been working for Larry Stone at Lingua Franca in Oregon, after Seresin in Marlborough. They were looking forward to her imminent return.

Dom Michel Lafarge 2016 Meursault

900 bottles from one hectare.
Spicy nose. Intense concentration and still quite chewy. Sweeter than many but with lots of charm.

Drink
2019
2024
16 +

Dom Lafarge Vial 2016 Chiroubles

Quite chewy and energetic. Still quite youthful – difficult to taste straight after Volnay Clos du Château des Ducs!

Drink
2019
2022
15.5 +

Dom Lafarge Vial 2016 Chiroubles

Bottled. Light to mid crimson. Pretty dark-red fruit. Peppery. Tight, juicy and even more peppery on the palate. Bone dry but somehow juicy too. Delicate but persistent. (JH)

Drink
2020
2024
£245 per case of 12 ib Corney & Barrow
16

Dom Lafarge Vial, La Joie du Palais 2016 Fleurie

Bottled. More dusty, even a little stemmy (whole bunch?). Tight, almost eye-watering freshness, perhaps just a little severe? Long, leafy finish. (JH)

Drink
2019
2025
£275 per case of 12 ib Corney & Barrow
16 +

Dom Lafarge Vial 2016 Côte de Brouilly

Bottled. Bright cherry red. Fairly quiet on the nose. Subtle dark-red fruit. Peppery, dusty, pure and dry but those dry tannins are matched by elegant dark fruit. Long and very young. (JH)

Drink
2020
2026
£285 per case of 12 ib Corney & Barrow
16.5

Dom Michel Lafarge Pinot Noir 2016 Bourgogne

Located between the RN74 and Volnay vineyards – an especially good strip for Bourgogne.
The perfume is very intense. Fred thinks this wine expressed the joyful nature of the vintage particularly well. Very strong, fruity raspberry juice. Very playful and pleasing. Long with lovely balance.

Drink
2019
2023
16.5

Dom Michel Lafarge 2016 Volnay

Just one cuvée of Volnay, as in 2012.
Mossy notes on the nose and then very polished fruit on the palate. Chewy and with real energy. Lots of fine tannin and earthy terroir-informed fruit. Tension and sculpted texture. Lip-smacking.

Drink
2021
2030
17

Dom Michel Lafarge, Les Grèves Premier Cru 2016 Beaune

95-year-old vines – their oldest. A quarter has been pulled out because of the effects of the 2012 hail and planted with mass selection from the domaine. They will blend the two eventually.
Lots of grunt and depth. Really very special and deeply flavoured. Very smart. A major part of the renaissance of Beaune!

Drink
2025
2040
17.5

Dom Michel Lafarge, Pitures Premier Cru 2016 Volnay

Started in 2015; before it was an ingredient in Volnay premier cru. Just one pièce (three in 2017). Pebbly clay.
Lots of crunchy fruit with masses of acidity. Real intensity and depth. Very long indeed.

Drink
2024
2038
17 +

Dom Michel Lafarge, Clos du Château des Ducs Premier Cru 2016 Volnay

Deep gravel on top of calcaire. Protected from frost. Harvested with grandfather Michel and daughter Clothilde, to remind grandpa Michel of the old ways. They destemmed by hand on a round wicker grid (claie d’égrappage).
Rich and heady. Beautiful.

Drink
2026
2042
18

Dom Michel Lafarge, Les Pézerolles Premier Cru 2016 Volnay

In the middle of the vineyard – just 0.15 ha on dolomite calcaire. Just one 300-litre cask made.
Pale purplish crimson. Sweet and fresh and smells much more delicate than a stereotypical Pommard. Very sweet and gorgeous with beautifully managed tannins. Most unusual and very vibrant.

Drink
2022
2034
17 +

DOMINIQUE LAFON, Meursault (see Burgundy 2016 Cl-Cy for DOMAINE DES COMTES LAFON and LES HÉRITIERS DU COMTE LAFON)...