2016 Patrice et Maxime Rion Côtes de Nuits-Villages Vieilles Vignes
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Tasting through the Patrice Rion lineup is like sitting in on an excellent primer on the great climats of the Cotes de Nuits….stunning Vougeot, spicy, nervy Chambolle, dense, chewy Nuits and a plethora of other temptations. But Rion, despite his fealty to terroir, doesn’t forget to make his wines taste good too! That’s important, right? While his sexpot $100 2015 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Cras was the undisputed star of the tasting (it’s available too), it was Rion’s supposedly more simple Cotes de Nuits Villages that really stole the show. Wow! Here were all of the attributes of this very special vintage and all of the enticing aromatics and elegant mouthfeel one expects from the Cotes, but at a price that will allow you to drink it far more often. Sourced from a 50-year old vineyard in the village of Comblanchien, in the sandy, limey hills west of Nuits St. George, Rion puts this Village-level wine through the same rigorous sorting, vinification and aging protocols as even his Grand Crus, and the resulting wine shows a similar level of finesse and an individual style all its own. Rich, textural and very aromatic, it’s a great crossover wine for lovers of California or Oregon Pinot Noirs looking to fall down the rabbit hole of delicious red Burgundy but not yet sure if they’ll like it. Burgundy purists will also find a lot to love in the wine’s forest floor, wet earth and mineral notes that form the signature for this classic example of the Cote de Nuits. And while we know this will only add more weight and a ton more nuance as it cellars, here is a 2016 you can open and enjoy right now.
Burghound: This is also relatively deeply pitched with its very ripe aromas of cassis, earth and hint of humus. Once again I like the sense of energy to the agreeably textured middle weight flavors that possess a bit more overall depth and persistence in a package that should reward a few years of cellaring but not so much that it couldn't be enjoyed on the younger side.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: From the commune of Comblanchien, the 2016 Côte de Nuits Village was less touched by frost than other crus. It has a very pure bouquet with strawberry pastille mixed with rose petal scents, just a hint of orange blossom emerging with time. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin. There is judicious use of oak here (one and two years old) that allows this wine to express very fine delineation on the finish. Look out for this.