Burgundy 2016 – Q–R

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

CHÂTEAU DES QUARTS, Chaintré

 

DOMAINE RAPET PÈRE ET FILS, Pernand-Vergelesses

Dom Rapet Père et Fils, Les Combottes 2016 Pernand-Vergelesses

Rather succulent and flashy with its hint of oak. All the Pernands seem fleshier than usual in 2016. Polished and sophisticated with a spine and savour. Very cool and well balanced and satisfying. Hint of lemon drops.

Drink
2019
2026
£230 per case of 12 ib H2Vin
16.5

DOMAINE FRANÇOIS RAQUILLET, Mercurey 
RH: Another good example of where value can be found in a good vintage such as 2016.

Dom François Raquillet Pinot Noir 2016 Bourgogne

Candied cherry fruit on the nose, pleasingly full body and a vegetal note on the finish. Entirely savoury. The vegetal element is strong but not incongruous to the style. (RH)

13%
Drink
2018
2021
£120 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16

Dom François Raquillet, Vieilles Vignes 2016 Mercurey

Soy and aniseed on the nose, with light tannic chew and crunchy cranberry fruit. Pure and open-knit with very tender tannic feel on the palate. A great demonstration of the purity of the vintage. (RH)

13%
Drink
2018
2026
£165 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5

Dom François Raquillet, Les Vasées Premier Cru 2016 Mercurey

Impressive concentration on the nose, giving almost jammy red fruit, and semi-firm tannic grip on the palate. Modern and svelte, but still has the classic savoury profile of Burgundy. GV (RH)

13%
Drink
2019
2029
£200 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5 +

Dom François Raquillet, Les Veleys Premier Cru 2016 Mercurey

Cask sample. Less overtly fruity than their Vasées. Finely ground tannic fur on the palate, and the flavour range is quite compact too – yet with sufficient concentration to promise future complexity. (RH)

13%
Drink
2021
2031
£205 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5 +

Dom François Raquillet, Les Naugues Premier Cru 2016 Mercurey

Cask sample. Muted nose, which gives more black fruit than red (especially compared with their other premiers crus). Very fine tannins, bright acidity, decent length. For those who like Gevrey-Chambertin… and a bargain! GV (RH)

Drink
2022
2032
£205 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
17
 

DOMAINE GASTON ET PIERRE RAVAUT, Ladoix
RH: Very fairly priced wines, with some especially good value buys at the affordable level.

Dom Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Grand Cru 2016 Corton-Charlemagne

Hard cheese and even a touch of tobacco on the palate. Vivid apple and citrus fruit, good chewy grip to the finish. Perhaps doesn't quite scale the full heights of grand cru, but may well get more complex after a few years. (RH)

Drink
2019
2026
£330 per case of 6 ib Clark Foyster
16.5 ++

Dom Gaston et Pierre Ravaut 2016 Côte de Nuits-Villages

Attractive reductive flintiness on the nose with vivid, crunchy red fruit and well-integrated spiciness. This is my kind of burgundy! Interesting, typical, well made and – crucially – affordable! GV (RH)

Drink
2019
2026
£84 per case of 6 ib Clark Foyster
16.5 +

Dom Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Bois Roussot Premier Cru 2016 Ladoix

Generous, juicy red fruit on the palate and a smoky, farmy scent on the finish. Chewy and tannic, but not indigestible thanks to a good burst of acidity. Better generosity of flavour than many burgundies at this price. (RH)

Drink
2022
2036
£117 per case of 6 ib Clark Foyster
17 +

Dom Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Premier Cru 2016 Aloxe-Corton

Excellent fruit character which has a slight candied note but retains savoury crunch on the palate. Simple on the finish but the fruit definition is interesting enough to sustain interest by itself. (RH)

Drink
2020
2030
£153 per case of 6 ib Clark Foyster
16.5 +

JEREMY RECCHIONE, Gevrey-Chambertin

Jérémy Recchione 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

Creux Brouillard fruit, Mark Haisma thinks.
Heady and plump on the nose. Very round and flattering and easy and appealing. A little simple but masses of pure fruit even if without much structure. Gevrey Lite. Long. Wine-bar wine – a wow! Really like this for now.

Drink
2018
2020
16

HENRI ET GILLES REMORIQUET, Nuits-St-Georges

Henri et Gilles Remoriquet 2016 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits

Not very intense nose of fresh red fruits. Light, fresh red fruit on the palate too, with evident tannins, particularly on the finish. Light and easy-drinking, but not one to keep very long. GV (EL)

Drink
2018
2020
£150 per case of 12 ib The Sampler
16

Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Les Allots 2016 Nuits-St-Georges

Meatier, more masculine perfume than the Hautes Ctes de Nuits just tasted. Powerful, creamy and intense red and black fruits, inside a big tannic frame. Lovely though! Not ready. GV (EL)

Drink
2022
2030
£350 per case of 12 ib The Sampler
16 +

Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Au-dessus des Malconsorts Premier Cru 2016 Vosne-Romanée

Much more fruit on the nose than Nuits-St-Georges Les Allots just tasted. More feminime. Spice – an unexpected hit of pepper. Delicious though – can’t spit this one. Long and gorgeous. So balanced already (apart from the spice). Tannins are fine and barely noticeable till the finish. (EL)

Drink
2022
2030
£700 per case of 12 ib The Sampler
17

DOMAINE CHANTAL REMY, Morey-St-Denis 
JR: Certainly not shy, retiring flowers but positive divas. 

Dom Chantal Remy, Clos des Rosiers 2016 Morey-St-Denis

Monopole. Really intense nose. Lots of fruit and juice and charm. So sweet and polished! A very distinct style but one that should appeal to hedonists rather than purists. Medium weight and so easy to like already!

Drink
2022
2032
£400 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
17

Dom Chantal Remy, Grand Cru 2016 Clos de la Roche

Mid crimson. Very heady and a little oaky on the nose. Smooth as a baby’s bottom on the palate with a certain liqueur-like quality. Very distinctive! Guilty secret to like this? The Milk Tray of grands crus? I’m probably being horrendously judgmental. Lots of hedonistic pleasure anyway.

Drink
2026
2040
£690 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
17.5

DOMAINE JOËL RÉMY, Sainte-Marie-la-Blanche
RH: Particularly worthwhile options in their mid-range.

Dom Joël Remy 2016 Bourgogne

Something rather composted about this nose. Emphasises the riper side of Pinot, yet also has bitter acid. Seems a little muddy overall. (RH)

Drink
2018
2020
£90 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
15

Dom Joël Remy, Les Beaumonts 2016 Chorey-lès-Beaune

Simple red fruit with better concentration than their Bourgogne but not much range beyond basic bramble flavours. Tight structure on the finish. (RH)

Drink
2019
2022
£150 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
15.5

Dom Joël Remy, Les Combes 2016 Aloxe-Corton

Some fresh mint along with the black bramble fruit on the nose. Tender structure, loads of enjoyable primary fruit on the palate, light body and a touch of medicinal character on the finish. (RH)

Drink
2020
2030
£230 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5

Dom Joël Remy, Les Lavières Premier Cru 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune

Much riper and more satisfying than their Beaumonts from Chorey, with good mid-palate weight and attractive chewiness. Complexity on the finish too, leaving mushroom and black-cherry flavours. (RH)

Drink
2020
2030
£165 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5

Dom Joël Remy, Les Avaux Premier Cru 2016 Beaune

Floral perfume on the nose, followed by quite bitter fruit character on the palate. Tight structure, strong core concentration. Doesn't give so much breadth of flavour as their Beaune Les Avaux, but has all the components to get there with bottle age. (RH)

Drink
2021
2031
£225 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
16.5 +

Dom Joël Remy, Les Vignots 2016 Pommard

More expressive on the nose than perhaps you'd expect from traditional Pommard (not that I'm complaining), with lovely floral notes, fresh red fruit and approachable tannin on the finish. Crisp and thirst-quenching on the finish. (RH)

Drink
2018
2033
£250 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman
17

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