Robert Parker 94-96
“The 2016 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru consists of two barrels this year. It has a much more powerful and intense bouquet than the more saturnine Chapelle-Chambertin, sprinting out of the blocks with wild strawberry, cranberry and crushed violet aromas. This wants and frankly deserves attention. The palate is beautifully balanced with filigree tannin, perfectly judged acidity, spicier than the Chapelle-Chambertin with a little more depth and brio toward the finish. This is an outstanding Griotte-Chambertin surfeit with flair and flamboyance, the kind of grand cru that struts into a room and says: let’s get this party started.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045
(Dugat had normal production of two barrels): Bright, full red. Alluring perfume of raspberry, flowers, spices and licorice. The densest of all of these 2016s but also with wonderful detail and fine-grained texture to its lightly saline flavors of raspberry, flowers, soil and minerals. There's nothing hard or heavy about this lovely sappy grand cru, which finishes with superb palate-cleansing length. This fruit was picked at 12.2% potential alcohol and not chaptalized, said Dugat, "but the bottle will say 12.5% in order not to shock people."