Robert Parker 90
Tasted from bottle, the 2016 Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d’Ane offers up a pretty bouquet of crisp Anjou pear, white flowers, hazelnut cream and wet stones that’s a little high-toned in profile if it’s served too cold, though any questions of excess volatility are dispelled as it approaches room temperature. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, delicately textural and incisive, with brisk acids, a tight-knit but nicely concentrated core and a precise, racy finish. Somewhat austere in profile, this is a promising candidate for bottle age. This was one of the parcels that escaped the 2016 frosts.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Very pale yellow. Peach, apricot and flowers on the perfumed nose. Supple and fine-grained, showing good acidity but not quite the flavor interest promised by the nose. This, too, comes across as slightly tart and it also displays a bit of a dip in the middle palate. This was the only 2016 cuvée that was not affected by frost in 2016, and Vincent felt that the yield of 50 of 55 hectoliters per hectare was a bit too high.