2016 Beaune 1er cru "Reversées" Blanc
Though the frost took half the crop here in 2016, the wine has turned out beautifully. The wine had been bottled exactly one month prior to my visit on March 5th and had recovered nicely, offering up a bright and elegant bouquet of apple, peach, a lovely base of soil tones, citrus peel and a gentle base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and nicely racy in profile, with a good core, fine focus and grip and a long, zesty finish. Lovely juice that will drink very nicely with just a year or two in the cellar. 2020-2035+. 90+ points
2016 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru "Sous Frétilles"
The domaine only owns one-third of a hectare of vines in Sous Frétilles, so there is never a large number of bottles of this wine available, but the 2016, with only a half cask, is going to be very hard to find. But, given how well it was showing in March, it will be worth the extra effort to find a few bottles, as the wine is outstanding! The bouquet jumps from the glass in a beautiful blend of pear, passion fruit, a complex base of chalky minerality, a touch of vanillin oak and a floral topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and vibrant, with a lovely core, great focus and grip and a long, snappy and perfectly balanced finish. Classy juice! 2020-2040. 92+ points
Yields here were brutally low because of the frost damage, with Mark O'Connell reporting that they were only able to realize fifteen hectoliters per hectare in the vineyard in 2016. This amounted to two barrels, with one of them new this year. The wine is outstanding, coming in at around 12.5 percent alcohol and offering up a stunning young nose of apple, pear, fresh almond, a very refined signature of limestone minerality, orange zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full and rock solid at the core, with great mineral drive, bright, snappy acids and outstanding length and grip on the focused, pure and still quite primary finish. Great Corton Charlie in the making. 2022-2050+. 95 points
2016 Beaune 1er cru "les Teurons"
The single barrel of Teurons here this year was raised in a one wine cask. The 2016 Teurons was still fairly closed from its bottling, but showed lovely promise in its aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, a touch of fresh thyme, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, gamebird and a bit of cedar. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, balanced and very transparent in profile, with a good core, moderate tannins and impressive focus and grip on the long and well-balanced finish. 2026-2050. 89-90 points
2016 Beaune 1er cru "Champs Pimont"
With only the bottom third of each row frosted in the domaine's holdings in Champs Pimont, the yields here were a pretty respectable thirty hectoliters per hectare in 2016. This is only the second vintage of this bottling from Monsieur O'Connell and his team and it is outstanding, wafting from the glass in a fine aromatic blend of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, woodsmoke, gamebird, a lovely base of soil, a hint of cedar and a topnote of fresh thyme. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a sappy core, lovely soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and tangy finish. Superb Beaune premier cru! 2025-2060. 91+ points
2016 Volnay 1er cru "en Carelle"
The 2016 en Carelle from Mark O'Connell and his team is a very, very promising example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep, pure and nicely black fruity in personality, offering up a refined blend of cassis, black plum, bitter chocolate, dark soil tones, venison, a touch of cedar and a lovely topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is transparent, focused, full- bodied and nicely sappy at the core, with suave tannins, excellent balance and a long, nascently complex and elegant finish. All this lovely bottle of Volnay will need is a bit of time in the cellar to blossom. 2026-2060. 91+ points
2016 Volnay 1er cru "Clos de la Chapelle" monopole
Only one of the six barrels used for the 2016 Clos de la Chapelle was new, and this is, to my palate, the single finest vintage of this monopole that the domaine has yet produced! The great nose soars from the glass in a sappy blend of cassis, sweet dark berries, pigeon, raw cocoa, a touch of currant leaf, a gorgeous base of soil tones and just a hint of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows superb mid-palate depth, with a very elegant and suave attack, lovely backend mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and very complex finish. This is a great young bottle of Volnay! 2026-2075. 94+ points
2016 Volnay 1er cru "Taillepieds"
The 2016 Clos de la Chapelle was completely destemmed (as is the custom here for that wine), but the Taillepieds included fifty percent whole clusters this year. One of the three casks used for the elevage of the wine was new in 2016 and the wine has turned out beautifully as well. The bouquet delivers a fine blend of cassis, dark berries, espresso, currant leaf, a fien base of dark soil tones, gamebird and a fine, smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with ripe, well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and excellent focus and grip on the very long, poised and well balanced finish. This too is stellar in 2016! 2028-2075. 94 points
2016 Pommard 1er cru "Chanlins" vieilles vignes
Happily, there was no frost here in 2016, and as these vines close in on their ninetieth birthday (which will take place in the vintage of 2018), they are producing one of the most beautiful examples of Pommard in the village. The nose here wafts from the glass in a stunning blend of red plums, cherries, raw cocoa, gamebird, woodsmoke, a nice touch of mustard seed, a beautiful base of soil and just a touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, transparent and sappy at the core, with great focus and balance, a very elegant structural chassis and a long, vibrant and nascently complex finish. The inherent elegance of the 2016 vintage is very much on display here! 2028-2060+. 94 points
2016 Pommard 1er cru "Grands Epenots"
The 2016 Grands Epenots from Domaine de la Chapelle is also a stellar young wine. The aromatic constellation delivers scents of red and black cherries, pigeon, woodsmoke, a very complex base of soil, espresso and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and potentially very, very complex, with a rock solid core, fine-grained tannins, outstanding focus and balance and a long, youthful and elegant finish. This is every bit as refined in profile as the Chanlins old vine bottling, and will probably just edge it out by a nose over their long lives in bottle. Simply great Pommard in the making! 2028-2065. 94+ points
2016 Corton "Bressandes"
With thirty percent of the crop lost to frost damage in 2016, there are two and a half barrels of Bressandes in the cellars here this year, with one of the full casks new. This is another outstanding wine in the making, offering up a deep and very pure bouquet of red and black cherries, a complex base of stony minerality, coffee, venison, raw cocoa, woodsmoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great backend mineral drive, ripe, suave tannins and superb length and grip on the focused and utterly classic finish. 2028-2075+. 95 points