Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur

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JamesSuckling.com “The wine world can debate whether the 2016 vintage is better than 2015, but the bottom line is that both years are excellent. That’s at least what I found after spending three weeks in Bordeaux with my team tasting 1,200 wines, the largest barrel tasting of my 34-year career as a wine critic.

Indeed Bordeaux’s newest vintage shows wonderful promise, producing dynamic, bright and structured wines, especially on the Left Bank, while the 2015 remains a classic year with slightly more exotic fruit, velvety tannins and ripeness, specifically on the Right Bank.

What we know for sure is that 2016 is one of the best vintages since 2010. I would rate it ahead of 2000 and 2003, as well as every vintage in the 1990s except 1990 itself. The only vintages better are 2005, 2009, 2010 and perhaps 2015.

2016 is a Left Bank year. Vineyards in the Médoc and Graves – particularly in the north such as St. Estephe and Pauillac – capitalised on swings in the weather from drought conditions in the summer to light rain in mid-September. Wineries using predominantly cabernet sauvignon made the best wines, as they harvested later than more precocious and merlot-based areas.

Nonetheless, some of my highest rated came from the best parts of Right Bank’s Pomerol and St. Emilion. Angelus, La Conseillante, Lafleur, Le Pin, Pavie, and Petrus all have the potential to be perfect with scores of 99-100 points. Other sensational Right Bank reds include Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse, Cheval Blanc, L’Église Clinet, L’Evangile, La Fleur-Pétrus, Pavie Decesse, Rocheyron, and Vieux-Château-Certan. All received ratings of 98-99.

Some of my favourite lesser-appellations include Fronsac, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, and Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux. These regions make interesting wines at reasonable price in almost every vintage. And in 2016, many made outstanding wines. This holds true in Haut-Médoc in as well.

Most of the outstanding 2016s were also slightly lower in alcohol that past vintages, particularly compared to 2010 and 2009. Some wines were more than 1 percent less in alcohol. Lower alcohol means more freshness and brightness—a neoclassic style that harkens back to the 1980s when wines were less concentrated and extracted compared to those in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”

Bordeaux 2016 (by appellation)

AG - Antonio Galloni (Vinous.com)
JA - Jane Anson (Decanter.com)
JR - JancisRobinson.com
JS - JamesSuckling.com
WA - Wine Advocate (RobertParker.com) - Neal Martin


St-Estephe
Calon Segur JR18.5 JA96 WA95-97 JS98-99 AG94-97
Capbern £85 per 6 (JR17 JA92 WA90-92 JS92-93 AG90-92)
Cos d’Estournel £700 per 6 (JR18 JA97 JS97 WA98-100 AG92-95)
Lafon Rochet JR16.5 JA95 WA91-93 JS93-94 AG91-94
Montrose £606 per 6 (JR18 JA96 WA97-99 JS97-98 AG93-96)
Ormes de Pez £125 per 6 (JR16.5 JA93 WA92-94 JS93-94 AG89-91)
Phelan Segur JR17- JA94 WA92-94 JS94-95 AG91-94
 
Pauillac
Clerc Milon £300 per 6 (JR17.5+ JA96 WA92-94 JS94-95 AG90-93)
d’Armailhac £195 per 6 (JR17- JA93 WA90-92 JS95-96 AG89-91)
Duhart Milon £320 per 6 (JR17+ JA94 WA92-94 JS94-95 AG89-91)
Grand Puy Lacoste JR17 JA94 WA95-97 JS96-97 AG93-96
Haut Batailley (not EP this year)
Lacoste Borie JA90 WA88-90 AG86-89
Lafite JR18 JA99 WA96-98 JS100 AG95-98 
Latour (no longer released as a primeur) (JR19 JA98 WA98-100 JS98-99 AG97-100)
Lynch Bages JR17.5 JA95 WA97-99 JS98-99 AG92-95
Mouton JR18.5+ JA98 WA98-100 JS100 AG95/98+
Pichon Baron JR18.5 JA96 WA96-98 JS98-99 AG93-96
Pichon Lalande JR17- JA98 WA96-98 JS96-97 AG97-100
Pontet Canet JR18 JA97 WA95-97 JS98-99 AG96-99
 
St-Julien
Beychevelle £339/6 (JR16.5 JA94 WA96-98 JS94-95 AG91-94)
Branaire Ducru £235 per 6 (JR17 JA94 WA92-94 JS95-96 AG92-95)
Clos du Marquis £235 per 6 (JR17 JA92 WA93-95 JS94-95 AG91-94)
Croix du Beaucaillou £210/6 (JR17 JA92 WA92-94JS94-95 AG90/92+)
Ducru Beaucaillou JR17 JA97 WA96-98 JS97-98 AG94-97
Gloria £180 per 6 (JR16.5 JA94 WA93-95 JS93-94 AG92-95)
Gruaud Larose JR17.5 JA95 WA93-95 JS95-96
Lagrange JR16.5 JA95 WA94-96 JS95-96 AG90-93
Langoa Barton £210 per 6 (JR17.5 JA94 WA91-93 JS95-96 AG90-93)
Leoville Barton JR18 JA96 WA93-95 JS95-96 AG93-96
Leoville Las Cases JR19 JA99 WA98-100 JS98-99 AG95/98+
Leoville Poyferre JR18 JA96 WA95-97 JS95-96 AG94-97
Saint Pierre £275 per 6 (JR17- JA95 WA94-96 JS94-95 AG91-94)
Talbot £245 per 6 (JR17 JA94 WA90-92 JS93-94 AG92-95)
 
Margaux
Alter Ego de Palmer £290 per 6 (JR16.5 JA93 WA89-91 JS95-96 AG90-93)
Brane Cantenac JR17 JA94 WA96-98 JS95-96 AG90-93
d'Issan JR17+ JA95 WA93-95 JS96-97 AG89-92
Giscours JR17 JA94 WA93-95 JS96-97 AG91-94
Lascombes JR16.5 JA93 WA89-91 JS93-94 AG89-92
Malescot St-Exupery (JR15.5) JA93 WA94-96 JS98-99
Ch Margaux JR17.5 JA96 WA97-99 JS98-99 AG97-100
Palmer £1420 per 6 (JR17.5+ JA98 WA95-97 JS99-100 AG95-98)
Prieure Lichine £175 per 6 (JR16.5 JA95 WA90-92 JS93-94 AG93-96)
Rauzan Segla JR17 JA95 WA95-97 JS96-97 AG94-97
du Tertre £175 per 6 (JR17 JA92 WA90-92 JS94-95 AG89-92)
 
Haut Medoc
Beaumont £100 per 12btls or 6mags (JR16++ JA89 WA88-90)
Cantemerle £129 per 6 (JR15.5 JA93 WA90-92 JS94-95 AG89-92)
Chasse Spleen £130 per 6 (JR16 JA90 WA92-94)
La Lagune £210 per 6 (JR17- JA93 WA93-95)
Lanessan £114 per 12 (JR16+ JA91 WA90-92)
Poujeaux £130 per 6 (JR16+ JA93 WA91-93)
Senejac £112 per 12 (JR16.5+WA91-93)
Sociando Mallet £160/6 (JR16.5 WA92-94 JS93-94 AG88-91)

Medoc
Potensac £105 per 6 (JR17 JA90 WA90-92 JS93-94 AG89-92)
 
Pessac-Leognan (Graves)
Domaine de Chevalier JR17+ JA96 WA94-96 JS96-97 AG93-96
DDC Blanc JA94 WA90-92 JS96-97 AG89-92
Haut Bailly JR17 JA97 WA96-98 JS98-99 AG94/97+
Haut Brion JR19 JA98 WA97-99 JS100 AG95-98
Larrivet Haut Brion JR16.5 JA88 WA89-91 
Latour Martillac JR16 JA92 WA92-94
Malartic Lagraviere JR16.5+ JA94 WA94-96 JS95-96 AG92-95
Malartic Blanc JA92 WA89-91 JS93-94 AG90-93
Mission Haut Brion JR18.5++ JA98 WA98-100 JS96-97 AG94-97
Pape Clement £395 per 6 (JR16.5 JA94 WA95-97 JS97-98 AG93-96)
Smith Haut Lafitte JR17.5 JA97 WA96-98 JS97-98 AG94-97
SHL Blanc JA94 WA93-95 JS96-97 AG92-95

Right Bank (Francs-Cotes de Bordeaux)
Puygueraud £105 per 12 (JR16.5 VGV 2020-2028, JS93-94, AG88-91)
"stellar wine in its class"
£120 for 24 halves or 6 magnums
£50 per 300cl dblmag, £115 per 600cl imperiale, £180 per 900cl salmanazar
 
Pomerol
Clinet JR16 JA97 WA96-98 JS94-95 AG92-95
Gazin JR16.5 JA94 WA94-96 JS94-95 AG89-92
Conseillante JR17+ JA96 WA96-98 JS99-100 AG95-98
Evangile JR17.5 JA97 WA94-96 JS98-99 AG94-97
VCC JR19 JA95 WA95-97 JS98-99 AG97-100
 
St-Emilion
Angelus £1790 per 6 (JR17++ JA97 WA96-98 JS99-100 AG94/97+)
Ausone JR18+ JA99 WA98-100 JS97-98 AG96-99
Berliquet JR16.5+ JA91 WA91-93
Canon JR18.5 JA98 WA97-99 JS96-97 AG91-94
Canon la Gaffeliere JR17 JA93 WA93-95 JS95-96 AG93-96
Cheval Blanc JR18.5+ JA98 WA97-99 JS98-99 AG96-99
Figeac JR19 JA98 WA98-100 JS96-97 AG94/97+
Larcis Ducasse JR17 JA92 WA93-95 JS95-96 AG94-97
Pavie £1790 per 6 (JR17 JA97 WA98-100 JS99-100 AG97-100)
Pavie Macquin JR16.5+ JA94 WA94-96 JS97-98 AG96-99
Troplong Mondot JR16 JA95 WA93-96 JS96-97 AG94-97
 
Sauternes
Climens £280 per 6 (JR18+ JA94 WA95-97 AG93-96)
Coutet £160 per 6 (JR16.5+ JA96 WA91-93 JS89-90 AG89-92)
Doisy Daene £150 per 6 (JR17 JA93 WA95-97 JS94-95 AG91-94)
Doisy Vedrines £140 per 6 (JR16.5 JA93 WA N/T JS91-92 AG90-93)
Guiraud £175 per 6 (JR17+ JA95 WA93-95 JS94-95 AG89-92)
Rieussec £240 per 6 (JR16.5+ JA95 WA92-94 JS98-99 AG93-96)
Suduiraut £270 per 6 (JR18+ JA94 WA94-96 JS95-96 AG91-94)
Tour Blanche £160 per 6 (JR17 JA89 WA94-96 JS93-94 AG88-91)
 
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