JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
Upfront, smoky oak on the nose. Firm but super-fine tannins. Still only primary in terms of the flavour profile. Fruit, fruit, fruit. And sappy oak too. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2041
Vinous – 93-95
(80% new oak): Deep red with ruby tones. Aromas of black cherry and licorice complicated by smoky minerality. The plushest and sweetest of this set of 2016s, but also with lovely energy and mineral lift to its flavors of black cherry and violet. Finishes dusty and very long, with an obvious element of wood tannins but no dryness. Boasts a terrific combination of density and precision. And as with the estate’s Grands-Echézeaux, this wine has not been knocked off balance by the tiny crop level.
Robert Parker – 94-96
“The 2016 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is the standout wine for Domaine d’Eugenie this year. It was cropped at 16 hectoliters per hectare (compared to 38 hectoliters per hectare in 2017). It easily is blessed with the finest aromatics from the domaine: red and black fruit, fine mineralité with just a hint of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity-real personality here, with a very pure and tensile finish that lingers in the mouth. I like the way it just keeps rolling across the senses. This is extremely sophisticated and full of breeding.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045