Vinous – 89-91
Good dark red. Reticent aromas of black cherry, violet and minerals, complicated by a hint of bitter chocolate. Juicy and tightly wound; not a sweet or generous style but reveals lovely salinity and subtle dark fruit intensity with aeration. This youthfully reserved village wine is solidly structured but not hard, finishing with firm but even tannins. Ultimately a bit more generous than the Morey-Saint-Denis Très Girard, with the tannins more enrobed by fruit and mineral extract. Tremblay won’t do her first racking until she assembles the wines next April in preparation for bottling in July. "I take my time," she told me.
Robert Parker – 88-90
“The 2016 Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes contains a small percentage of whole-bunch fruit. It has a very seductive and very floral bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and crushed violet scents storming from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with some new oak to be subsumed on the entry (there is 20% in the final blend), very well balanced and focused with an agreeable succulence that delivers the long finish. Maybe this does not quite possess the panache of the 2015 last year, but it is a lovely Vosne-Romanée that will deserve a couple of years in bottle.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2029
JancisRobinson.com – 16.5
Barrel sample. Transparent crimson. Racy and fresh and perfumed. From Aux Communes and Les Jacquines. A bit of clay but long élevage for polish. Big and bold and almost compote-like, with a hint of cinnamon, but with Vosne energy. Juicy and very concentrated.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028