Burghound Recommends | 2016 White Burgundies
Earlier this month, in the midst of the Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, Allen Meadows, Burgundy’s most-respected reviewer, published his full report on the 2016 white Burgundies. He does, of course, detail the devastating frost and other travails visited upon the region during the growing season, however his conclusion is overwhelmingly positive.
“From a wine quality perspective, one of the most important things about the 2016 vintage to appreciate is that good to even sometimes excellent wines were made up and down the appellation hierarchy.
The best 2016 whites though are wonderfully refreshing, transparent and graceful with moderately firm acid spines where the all-important element of balance is supplemented by ample amounts of dry extract. They are white Burgundies mostly built for medium-term aging yet they should also be reasonably approachable young if youthful fruit is your preference.
More specifically, the two strongest attributes that I love about the 2016s are those of excellent terroir transparency coupled with refreshing drinkability. One just feels like drinking the 2016s, in fact it’s hard not to like them… most growers suggested that the style was best described as a mix of the richness and roundness of 2015 coupled with the freshness and terroir transparency of 2014.”
We are fortunate to have small parcels of a range of 2016 white Burgundies which Meadows recommends, encompassing Bourgogne Blanc, St Aubin, Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet.
Where Burgundy is concerned, there can be no greater endorsement than Burghound’s approval. So, whether you missed out in January or have already bought a case or two, I urge you to consider the selection below. These are wines that will give a wealth of drinking enjoyment in the coming years.