Robert Parker 92-94
“The 2016 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Cras was cropped at just 10.5 hectoliters per hectare due to the frost damage. Yet still, it has retained a very complex and mineral-driven bouquet with discrete scents of sea cave and oyster shell permeating the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that frames a surprisingly juicy Chambolle-Musigny considering the frost damage. Then toward the last third, it tapers a little and becomes more compact, linear and sappy that together suggest this will be a long-term prospect. Against the odds, it is one of the best premier cru Chambolle-Musignys from a tumultuous season.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
Higher vineyard than most, facing south east. Marnes calcaire – terres blanches. Low-vigour vines here. Theirs were planted 1931, some replanted 2002. Down 60% (10 hl/ha) in 2016. 55% whole bunch. Barrel sample. Discreet nose. Broad fruit and lovely sweet finish with lots of freshness. Very lively and forward. And a beautiful finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru has a much more meaty and tertiary bouquet than its peers from possibly a small addition of whole bunch, the oak influence just a little more conspicuous than I would have liked. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, angular tannin, blacker fruit emerging towards the finish with a slightly brittleness to the texture. This needs another couple of years to coalesce. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045