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Our 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur recommendations

Written by: James Bidgood

A very different vintage to the warm 2015, the new releases possess a much more classic style of claret that we have not seen for many years. If 2015 was a vintage for Merlot then 2016 was without doubt superior for Cabernet Sauvignon.  

It is arguably the most promising since the superlative 2010, however its style is very different.  The long and gentle autumn allowed for a profound and universal ripeness giving the wines great depth, concentration and cool restraint whilst maintaining the perfect balance of acidity, ultra fine tannins and lower alcohol levels than what we have been used.  The finest wines from 2016 will no doubt be enjoyable in their youth, but more than capable of ageing too. 

The wines that really stood out for us were spread across Bordeaux indicating a successful vintage wherever you looked. Pleasingly we were not alone in our view but whilst we can confidently call 2016 a success, it was by no means an easy one with record rainfall in the first 6 months of the year, followed by testing droughts. 

Our favourites were:

Château Canon (St Émilion) £750
Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol) £1,550
Château Palmer (Margaux) £2,700
Château Brane Cantenac (Margaux) £550
Château Angludet (Margaux) £250
Château Branaire Ducru (St. Julien) £440
Château Gruaud Larose (St. Julien) £570
Château Léoville Poyferré (St. Julien) £735
Château Pichon Lalande (Pauillac) £1,200
Château Grand Puy Lacoste (Pauillac) £590
Château Batailley (Pauillac) £380
Château Calon-Ségur (St Estèphe) £650

Above prices are estimates, before Duty and VAT and in cases of 12 bottles. 

Please contact Nick for advice and En Primeur purchase requests

E: nick@thevintner.com

DL: 0203 757 5514

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