Producer note: Etienne Grivot describes 2016 as a “difficult growing season that was marked by frost and mildew. My overall yields were down around 30% but they were highly disparate in that we had losses in Chambolle, Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Nuits with the exception of Boudots. By contrast Vosne was largely spared though we did lose some production in Suchots. The mildew was manageable but it was necessary to be exceptionally rigorous with your treatment regimen because missing a spraying by even 24 hours and you paid for it later. We chose to begin picking on the 27th of September and I was surprised to see that we were able to use the second crop as it was just as ripe as the first. The fruit was thankfully quite clean with potential alcohols that were good but not high at between 11.8 and 12.8%. I don’t use whole bunches but I do like the effect of using destemmed whole berries as it gives similar results but without the herbal character or greenish tannins. As to the wines, I confess to being quite surprised as to how good they are because I didn’t expect it. I would describe them as being a blend of 2013 and 2014.” Grivot continues to produce remarkable wines. He hit a home run in 2015 but his 2016s are almost as good. And speaking of 2015, Grivot noted that they were bottled in February and March 2017; and several were reviewed below. (Treasury Château & Estates Wines, www.tweglobal.com, CA, USA; Ballantynes of Cowbridge, www.ballantynes.co.uk, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, all UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com/hk, Hong Kong).