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James Suckling :

Bordeaux En Primeur 2016: It’s A Left Bank Year! (Day 14)


31 March 2017

I’ve now tasted more than 1,000 wines from the 2016 vintage in Bordeaux. I can again confirm that it’s an excellent year, producing dynamic and well-structured wines that are fresh and balanced. These wines represent the new renaissance of Bordeaux where harmony, refinement and energy are the new keywords for the region — not raw power and high alcohol. Bordeaux is back. ‘We are making wines that we want to make, and that we want to drink,” said Stéphane Derenoncourt, one of Bordeaux’s top consulting enologists.

 As I wrote last week, 2016 is the third outstanding vintage in a row for Bordeaux. My initial thoughts from last week seem to run true for the region’s new vintage in barrel: It’s a Left Bank year. Vineyards in the Médoc and Graves – particularly in the north such as St. Estephe and Pauillac – capitalized 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. “We made the best wines in 2015,” remarked Christian Moueix, whose family owns such great Right Bank properties as La Fleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy. “So it’s fine that many of the best wines came from the Left Bank in 2016.”

 Nonetheless, the best areas of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion produced some fantastic young reds including Angelus, La Conseillante, Lafleur, Le Pin, Pavie, and Petrus—all with 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.

 No one will be surprised that the three wines to score 100-100 were first growths. If I had to rank all five first growths by preference, I’d say:

 Château Lafite Rothschild (100-100)

Château Haut-Brion (100-100)

Château Mouton Rothschild (100-100)

Château Margaux (98-99)

Château Latour (98-99)

 

But you didn’t have to be a first growth to make great wine. Winemaking prowess now transcends the official and unofficial classifications of Bordeaux. So many outstanding wines were made in 2016, even though the vintage was much more difficult to grasp. The beginning of the year was very wet; summer was drought-like; and then light rain came in before harvest. The year had the highest productions of grapes in a decade. By comparison, weather conditions were much easier in 2015.

 It was interesting to hear from a number of winemakers who buy grapes and wine for large Bordeaux brands that 2016 was “tricky” finding top quality wines and how it was much easier to find good quality wines in 2015. This is precisely why 2015 may be better overall than 2016, though it remains one of the best years for fine wines in the last two decades.

 I still have another 200 to 300 wines to taste before I fly out next week. That means by the end of this trip, I will have scored more than 1000 barrel samples. Below are my latest batch of notes since my first impressions. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

100-100

This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?

 

CHÂTEAU LE PIN POMEROL 2016

99-100

There is something decadent and wild about this Le Pin. Medium to full body, yet somehow wild and crazy— exotic. What a finish! This is real Le Pin. The dry weather reduced the production. 18 hectoliters. Reminds me of the unique 1986. Yeah...!

 

CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS POMEROL 2016

99-100

This is a muscular Petrus that is so compacted and powerful. Full-bodied, yet tight and intense. I haven’t tasted something like this for a long time. The tannins are exquisitely fine-grained, the finish mind-binding. It’s the combination of violets and dark fruit that’s just so enticing. Just crushed grapes and crystal-clear purity.

 

CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR POMEROL 2016

99-100

This is a young wine that just kicks off at the end with fantastic depth of fruit and intensity. Full-bodied, yet very tight and closed at first. Compact and powerful. Incredible power and structure.

 

CHÂTEAU PAVIE ST.-EMILION 2016

99-100

This is more compressed and tighter than the 2015. It’s full-bodied, but very tight and focused. So linear and long. Love the gorgeous finesse. Goes on for minutes. All about finesse...new profile.

 

CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS ST.-EMILION 2016

99-100

Incredible depth of fruit to this Angélus, which is dense yet also agile and energetic. There’s just so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAILLY PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

98-99

This young wine shows such pinpoint precision with a full body, dense fruit and gorgeous intensity. Muscular yet toned and beautiful. It really builds on the finish. Very fine-grained. So long and beautiful. Sophisticated power. Oyster shell and iodine undertones. Traditional style yet with a modern interpretation. Savory.

 

CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

98-99

This is dense like a Montrachet yet so minerally with crushed-stone undertones. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. A great glass of white wine. First time they used a majority of sauvignon blanc.

 

CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS POMEROL 2016

98-99

So much to this and it shows the magic of Pomerol. Full-bodied, layered and tannic with all the energy and focus of a great vintage from this estate. Superb.

 

VIEUX-CHÂTEAU-CERTAN POMEROL 2016

98-99

The balance and finesse to this wine are really beautiful with ultra-fine tannins and beautiful fruit. It’s full and structured yet so long and intense. It’s a wine that seduces you with every sip — already. Great selection here. Quite simply turbocharged at the end.

 

CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET POMEROL 2016

98-99

This has so much violet and black-olive character to it. It’s full-bodied and powerful with incredible power and depth of old-vine tannins. It just rolls on and on. What a finish.

 

CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM SAUTERNES 2016

98-99

What a sexy and moreish wine that makes you want to drink the whole bottle. Flavors and aromas of cooked apples, grilled pineapple, pie crust, apricots, dried mushrooms and flan. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved. Very long and powerful. Lasts for minutes. Another great wine.

 

CHÂTEAU PAVIE DECESSE ST.-EMILION 2016

98-99

This has beautiful presence and finesse with lovely fruit, mineral and light walnut character. Center palate is gorgeous. Long and refined. Perhaps better than the superb 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST.-EMILION 2016

98-99

This is very powerful Cheval with searing tannins and bright fruit, acidity and mineral undertones. Full and muscular yet beautifully formed and polished. It’s all about the form to this. Better than 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU-LAGAROSSE ST.-EMILION 2016

98-99

Is this the twin brother of the amazing 2015? We will see. What a superb density and richness with bright and intense tannins that are buttressed with fresh acidity. Beautiful finish.

 

CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

97-98

Wow. This is incredibly rich and exotic. Full-bodied, so deep and long. It lasts for minutes. Perfectly polished tannins evidence how texturally focused and supple this is. Decadent and enticing. From organically grown grapes. Super quality of cabernet is on show here. We will see if 2016 is better than 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU CERTAN DE MAY POMEROL 2016

97-98

This is really powerful with big tannins and strong acidity. Full and intense. A wine for long-term aging yet one that offers accessibility at the same time. This estate is on a roll now.

 

CHÂTEAU TROTANOY POMEROL 2016

97-98

Wow. This is really powerful and structured with a tight and linear backbone of tannins that run through the wine, making it a solid and beautiful thing. Full-bodied, layered and strong. Exciting energy here.

 

CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD ST.-EMILION 2016

97-98

Fantastic core of dark fruit with blackberries, blueberries, licorice and crushed stones. Full body, beautifully polished tannins and a long and energetic finish. Pinpoint. Superb.

 

CHÂTEAU AUSONE ST.-EMILION 2016

97-98

This is one of the most subtle and ethereal Ausones I have encountered in a while. It’s a full-bodied wine, yet one that’s very refined in texture, all the way to the extremely long finish. Shows real dignity and character. A throwback to the great years of the 1950s.

 

MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE ST.-EMILION 2016

97-98

A rich and chewy red with lots of fruit and tannins. Full-bodied, big and rich. Yet this remains polished and balanced. Exciting fruit character throughout. About one third is made in terracotta jars.

 

CHÂTEAU PAVIE-MACQUIN ST.-EMILION 2016

97-98

This is a really fantastic PM! The licorice, fresh mushroom, sous bois and stone character is so exciting. It’s full and very layered with exceptional depth and length. Compressed and focused. Pure silk.

 

CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE ST.-EMILION 2016

97-98

This is very exciting this year with a profound depth and power of fruit in addition to mineral undertones. Full and intense. Great finish. Better than the 2015?

 

CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

96-97

The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this.

 

CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC 2016

96-97

A dense and powerful white with wonderful depth and phenolic tension. Shows very pretty sliced-apple, lemon and pear character. Excellent finish. 90% sauvignon blanc with the rest semillon and sauvignon gris. Excellent follow-up to the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION BLANC PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

96-97

Layered with a round and rich texture and body. Full and flavorful. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character. Very long finish. Exotic and ripe. We will see which is better.

 

CHÂTEAU HOSANNA POMEROL 2016

96-97

This really shows a lot at the end of the palate with a powerful, tannic finish. Even so, the fruit and flavor profile are very, very impressive. Lots of dark fruit and walnut undertones. Muscular Hosanna.

 

CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE ST.-EMILION 2016

96-97

There’s a vibrance and brilliance that gives this wine focus and energy. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Very fine.

 

CHÂTEAU FIGEAC ST.-EMILION 2016

96-97

Splendid texture and finesse to this young Figeac with a pure silk texture. Full-bodied and ultra-fine. Lovely combination of fruit and freshness. The polish is gorgeous to this. Precision redefined. Pretty follow-up to the 2015.

 

L’IF ST.-EMILION 2016

96-97

This is incredibly refined and long with super finesse and length. Full-bodied, deep and beautiful. Subtle chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Pure merlot this year. Sexy and sophisticated at the same time.

 

CHÂTEAU TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE ST.-EMILION 2016

96-97

This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.

 

ENCLOS TOURMALINE POMEROL 2016

96-97

This is very close in quality to the great 2015. Full body yet complex and layered. Very refined. Fine grained tannins. Super tight. A real beauty here. Only 3,000. Beautiful follow up. Second vintage.

 

PENSÉES DE LAFLEUR POMEROL 2016

95-96

Very long and textured with blackberry, mineral and walnut character. Turns to violets. Full-bodied, very firm and silky. Love the balance and length. This is half merlot and half cabernet franc. Second wine of Lafleur. Better than the 2015?

 

CHÂTEAU DE PRESSAC ST.-EMILION 2016

95-96

This is really fantastic in 2016 with beautiful balance and depth of fruit. Focused and tight palate. Full-bodied and super long. Wonderful.

 

CHÂTEAU BÉLAIR-MONANGE ST.-EMILION 2016

95-96

A very dense and pretty center palate of dried fruit, spices and dried tobacco. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a savory finish. Linear and racy. Tight and reserved now but wait to see the structure develop fabulously.

 

CHÂTEAU BERLIQUET ST.-EMILION 2016

95-96

This is a really powerful red with fantastic density and richness. Silky and chewy tannins. Lots of chalky, crushed limestone character. Impressive. Let’s see what is better: the 2016 or 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU LARCIS-DUCASSE ST.-EMILION 2016

95-96

This is very polished and beautiful with ultra-fine tannins and a long, linear finish. It has a density and beauty that seduces you.

 

CHÂTEAU MEYNEY ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016

95-96

Solid and incredible depth reminds me of the Meyneys of the 1960s that were so structured and incredible. Full-bodied yet polished and refined. Super structure.

 

LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

94-95

This is powerful and intense with lots of minerals, crushed stones and dark fruit. Dense and linear. Minerally and very energetic.

 

CHÂTEAU LA CABANNE POMEROL 2016

94-95

A juicy and fruity red that shows reserve and structure. Full body, polished and chewy tannins and a long finish. Big wine for the vintage. Serious... again!

 

LA PETITE ÉGLISE POMEROL 2016

94-95

Firm and linear wine with blackberry, violet and berry character. Medium-to full-bodied second wine of L'Église Clinet and it’s silky and refined while showing power and length. Beautiful tannins. Pure merlot.

 

CLOS HAUT-PEYRAGUEY SAUTERNES 2016

94-95

This is really spicy and rich with lots of dried-pineapple and honey character. Full-bodied, oily and flavorful. Really captures your attention. Better than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

This is very layered and firm with beautiful tannins and richness. Full-bodied, tight and spicy with lovely depth. Refined and pretty.

 

CHÂTEAU CROIX DE LABRIE ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

The depth and richness here are impressive, yet this remains vivid and brilliant. Medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Energetic. One hectare of almost all merlot with a touch of cabernet sauvignon.

 

CHÂTEAU QUINTUS ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

A tight and concentrated young Quintus with blackberry, blueberry and salt character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and lightly chewy. Grows on the finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LA CLOTTE ST.-EMILION 2016

94-93

This is a beautiful red with a deep and beautiful palate that shows wonderful finesse and purity of fruit. Blueberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full. The tannins are so fine.

 

LA FLEUR DE BOÜARD LALANDE-DE-POMEROL LE PLUS DE LA FLEUR DE BOÜARD 2016

94-95

A fine and polished Le Plus with fine, sophisticated and polished tannins. Full-bodied, juicy and bright. Pretty fruit, acidity and tannin harmony. Old vines.

 

CHÂTEAU LAROZE ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

Lots of fruit here with a big palate of ripe fruit, crushed-stone character and velvety tannins. Lots of potential. Best ever from here?

 

CHÂTEAU DE FERRAND ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

A bright and persuasive young red with lots of blackberry and walnut character and crushed stones to boot. Full-bodied, tight and powerful. Beautiful finish.

 

CLOS ST.-VINCENT ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

Lots of salt, crushed-stone and berry character. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. Very flavorful. Love the finish, too. One to watch. Well done.

 

CHÂTEAU BERNATEAU ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

This is very deep and linear with a gorgeous depth of fruit and intensity. Full-bodied, chewy and very long. Excellent depth and finesse. Compacted and juicy texture. From organically grown grapes.

 

CHÂTEAU MAILLET POMEROL 2016

94-95

Another winner from this chateau with very pretty and dynamic fruit, fine tannins and a savory finish. Big wine that needs taming.

 

LE CARILLON DE L'ANGÉLUS ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

This is a fantastic second wine with walnut, berry, stone and bark character. The texture is really excellent with a chewy yet ultra-polished mouthfeel. Long and intense. Better than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU DE FRANCS FRANCS CÔTES DE BORDEAUX L’INFINI 2016

94-95

A clear and energetic wine with blueberry, blackberry and citrus-rind character. Medium to full body and a solid core of fruit. Juicy finish. Much better than the 2015. Serious.

 

CHÂTEAU SIRAN MARGAUX 2016

94-95

This is a great follow-up to the 2015! Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. Solid core of ripe fruit and intense tannins. A triumph... again.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRISSON ST.-EMILION 2016

94-95

Soft and velvety wine with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry character. Full body, a dense center palate and a long and pure finish. Another winner.

 

CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

94-95

Very serious and long with beautiful dried-apple, pineapple and licorice character. Hints of flint. Full-bodied, bright and dense. Love the length to this.

 

MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

94-95

This is very intense and minerally with crushed stones. Full body and an intense finish. So lively and characterful. This will go into bottle in June.

 

LES HAUTS DE SMITH PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

93-94

A tangy and fresh white with sliced-lemon and green-mango character. Full body, and the bright acidity adds to the salty minerality here. This is all sauvignon blanc.

 

CHÂTEAU PLINCE POMEROL 2016

93-94

This is very impressive with layers of ripe tannins that give real density and chewiness. Full and savory. Tight and reserved. Excellent structure. Better than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU LATOUR À POMEROL POMEROL 2016

93-94

A juicy and refined wine with deep fruit, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Medium-bodied and edgy and bright. Doesn’t possess the power of the 2015 but outstanding.

 

CHAPELLE DE LABRIE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

This really shows finesse and depth with a velvety texture and a juicy berry finish. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and finesse. So beautifully integrated. Tiny production.

 

SOLBÉNI ST.-EMILION 3.4.3 2016

93-94

A solid and powerful wine. Full body, chewy tannins and a muscular finish. Fantastic fruit. Tiny production: only 4,000 bottles made. Vines are near Monbousquet.

 

ARÔMES DE PAVIE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

A fresh and vibrant second wine of Pavie with ultra-fine tannins and a pretty finish. Lovely length. Lively.

 

CHAPELLE D’AUSONE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

A firm and silky red with lovely plum and berry character plus hints of wet earth and rose petals. Medium-bodied, very fine and wonderfully juicy. Another wine with finesse and length.

 

CHÂTEAU PIERRE 1ER ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

This is really beautiful this year with a fantastic velvety texture and depth of fruit. Full-bodied, juicy and long. Love the length. Quite savory. Check it out.

 

LES HAUTS DE CROIX DE LABRIE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

This is very velvety yet fine-grained and juicy. A medium to full body is the backdrop to flavors of dark chocolate and minerals plus hints of walnut shells. 1.5-hectare vineyard.

 

LE PETIT CHEVAL ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

This is a red with pinpoint but also beautiful tannin, fruit and acid focus. Medium to full body and a tight center palate. Creamy texture. Really excellent. Best second wine of Cheval Blanc in years.

 

CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

Dense and fresh red with lots of blackberries, blueberries and walnuts. Hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, tight and refined yet always showing muscle.

 

CHÂTEAU LAROQUE ST.-EMILION 2016

93-94

A very long and intense red with blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants on the nose. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long finish. Hard to see this being as superb as the 2015 but it’s all there.

 

CLOS DES LUNES BORDEAUX BLANC LUNE D’ARGENT 2016

93

The acidity in this really gives verve and intensity to the wine. Lemon and salt character already. Full yet vivid. Exciting. Great value. Drink or hold.

 

CHÂTEAU LESPAULT-MARTILLAC PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC 2016

93-94

Dense and layered with dried-apple, pear and honey character. Hints of stones and pie crust. Full and impressive. A little oily. Wait and see.

 

BAD BOY BORDEAUX 2016

93-94

Impressive depth of fruit and power to this wine with blackberry, blueberry and violet character. Full body, brilliant acidity and a firm and silky finish. Fantastic. Better than the 2015.

 

CROIX DE LABRIE BORDEAUX BLANC STELLA SOLARE 2016

93-94

A very pretty white with lovely richness and a layered mouthfeel. It shows lots of character and length. Mostly semillon as well as sauvignon gris and sauvignon blanc. 1,500 bottles made.

 

LA CLARTE DE HAUT-BRION BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

93-94

Very salty and fruity with lots of dried pineapple and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and long. White pepper, too.

 

CLOS DES LUNES BORDEAUX BLANC LUNE D’OR 2016

93-94

Lots of dried-apple, pineapple and mango character on the nose and palate. Full body and tangy acidity. White-pepper and salt undertones. Wait and see.

 

CHÂTEAU LA PATACHE POMEROL 2016

93-94

Velvety and rich with lots of blackberry and blueberry character plus hints of walnuts. Full and velvety. Long and intense. Same as 2015!

 

G ACTE 8 BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR 2016

93-94

This is really excellent with a wonderful depth of fruit and fleshy density. Full, round and juicy. Lots of fruit and spices. Try it.

 

CHÂTEAU LE REY CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX LES ROCHEUSES 2016

93-94

The pureness of this is so beautiful with wonderful depth of fruit and balance. Full body and flavors of licorice and berries. Round and polished tannins. Resounding purity. No new wood. No sulfur yet here.

 

CHÂTEAU PUYGUERAUD FRANCS CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

93-94

This is really rich and powerful. Full-bodied, round and chewy. Very long and dense. It’s really something. Better than the 2015. Best ever?

 

CHÂTEAU CHARMANT MARGAUX 2016

93-94

This is really exciting with a gorgeous depth of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Fantastic. Underdog wine here!

 

L'ESPRIT DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

93-94

Full and linear with a beautiful line of firm and silky tannins and crushed-stone, blackberry and blueberry undertones. Very pretty second wine. Racy.

 

DOMAINE LES SADONS PAUILLAC 2016

92-93

Very fine and polished with lovely fruit and tannins. Hints of minerals and spearmint. Medium to full body and a succulent finish. Only one hectare made. Find it if you can.

 

CHÂTEAU LE THIL PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

This is very direct and structured with polished tannins and lovely length. Medium-to full-bodied, long and beautiful. Solid structure for a 100% merlot this year.

 

LE PETIT HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

The majority of cabernet in this red delivers beautiful depth and richness. Linear and bright. Medium to full body. Racy second wine. Remake of the 2015.

 

LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION-HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

Minerals and blueberries with plenty of blackcurrant character. Medium body and silky tannins. Pretty second wine of La Mission.

 

DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

This is full and dense with polished and velvety tannins. Licorice, tar and walnut undertones. Best I have had from here.

 

CHÂTEAU LESPAULT-MARTILLAC PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

Rich and round with all the merlot giving a bounty of fruit and earth yet in a reserved way. Full-bodied, juicy and savory. Long finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LE PAPE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

Lots of walnut and berry character. Medium-to full-bodied, round and silky with a lovely chocolate undertone. Very polished and juicy. So fine and racy.

 

LA PARDE DE HAUT-BAILLY PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

The mineral and tar character with hints of white pepper is at the forefront of the nose here. The palate’s defined by a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. More phenolic than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU HANNETOT PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

92-93

A fresh and linear red with licorice, chocolate and dark-berry character. Some crushed stones. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a crisp finish.

 

CHÂTEAU FRANC-MAILLET POMEROL CUVÉE JEAN-BAPTISTE 2016

92-93

Very tight and linear with a solid core of beautiful fruit and exquisite depth. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Really beautiful and impressive for the vintage. Old-vine glory.

 

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE POMEROL 2016

92-93

A bright and pretty wine with a walnut-shell, stone and blackberry character. Medium body, linear fruit and polished tannins. Very pretty.

 

CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR-GAZIN POMEROL 2016

92-93

Deep and juicy with lots of blackberry and light chocolate character. Medium to full body and a savory finish. All here. Not quite the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-MAILLET POMEROL 2016

92-93

A powerful red with dense and tight tannins, pretty fruit structure and a long and flavorful finish. Very characterful.

 

LES FILLOTES POMEROL 2016

92-93

This is a new Pomerol that’s really well done with chocolate, berry and spice character. Hints of coffee, too. Medium to full body and a solid core of tannins. Exciting. 400 cases made.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BERGERON SAUTERNES 2016

92-83

This is very serious for this producer with very pretty depth and intensity in terms of rich fruit and a long and intense finish. Excited about this wine.

 

CLOS BADON-THUNEVIN ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A linear and beautiful wine with a fine line of tannins and fresh fruit. Medium to body, hints of walnuts and a citrus undertone. Excellent.

 

VIRGINIE DE VALANDRAUD ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A linear and tight wine with blackberries, black cherries and minerals. Violets to boot. Medium-bodied, racy and clean. Second wine of Valandraud.

 

L'INTERDIT DE VALANDRAUD ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A solid wine with power and richness. Full-bodied and muscular. Impressive. This is a new label and includes some of the old plots of Valandraud that are not in the classified grand vin.

 

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DU CADET ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Tight and focused with linear tannins and beautiful fruit. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Solid. Better than the 2015.

 

CLOS ROMANILE ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Young red with lots of depth of fruit and intensity in terms of the blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body and a bright finish. Shows outstanding intensity. Better than the 2015. From organic grapes. One hectare.

 

CHÂTEAU GRAND DESTIEU ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Serious and focused with beautiful dark-fruit and spice character. Hints of vanilla, too. Medium to full body and polished, chewy tannins.

 

CHÂTEAU MANGOT ST.-EMILION TODESCHINI 2016

92-93

A juicy and balanced wine with a beautiful center palate that’s incredibly focused. Medium to full body and a bright finish.

 

CHÂTEAU BLANCHE HERMINE ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A linear and refined wine with lots of structure and depth. Shows intensity and focus. Medium-to full-bodied, bright and vivid. 100% cabernet franc. Only 2 hectares. Verve here. Excited for this new, handmade wine.

 

DOMAINE DES GOURDINS ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A density and firmness with chewy tannins and fresh and clean fruit. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Clear and focused. 1.7 hectares.

 

ANGÉLIQUE DE MONBOUSQUET ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Second wine of de Monbousquet is really delicious already with a pretty depth of fruit and richness. Lots of chocolate and blackberry character. Long finish.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-SIMARD ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Tight and refined with berry and cherry character, a medium body and ultra-fine tannins. A juicy and balanced red.

 

PETIT-FIGEAC ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Refined and very pretty with chocolate, berries and hints of cedar. Medium body, very fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very well done. Second wine of Figeac.

 

CHÂTEAU QUINAULT-L'ENCLOS ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A very fine bead of tannin runs through the entirety of this wine. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish. Polished. Straight and firm.

 

SAINTAYME ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

This is very dense and beautiful yet it’s agile and exciting. Blueberries, chocolate and walnuts. Full to medium body and beautiful length. Juicy center palate of fruit.

 

LE DRAGON DE QUINTUS ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A salty and minerally red with plums, leaves and tobacco and lots of blackberries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a crisp finish. Second wine of Quintus.

 

CHÂTEAU MARTINET ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Full and powerful young red with blackberry and walnut character. Long and linear.

 

LES ANGELOTS DE VILLEMAURINE ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

Dense and minerally red with blackberry and crushed-stone character. Hints of salt and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and chewy. Very St.-Emilion.

 

CHÂTEAU LA CROIX DE PEZ ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016

92-93

This is very powerful and rich with gorgeous depth and intensity. Full and excellent. Another new name to watch.

 

CHÂTEAU LA BRIDANE ST.-JULIEN 2016

92-93

Blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and chewy tannins. A solid and structured wine here. Much better than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU SIAU BARSAC 2016

92-93

This is fantastic with grilled pineapple and botrytis spices. Full and very sweet yet vivid and long on the finish. Pure fruit. Second year from the family owning Domaine de Chevalier.

 

VIRGINIE DE VALANDRAUD BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

92-93

The density and freshness certainly grab your attention, as do the beautiful fruit and length. Intense finish. Layered wine.

 

LES CHAMPS LIBRES BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

92-93

Very dense and layered with beautiful dried lemons, cooked apples and limes. Stone undertones. Full-bodied, lively and energetic. Bright and exciting. Salty finish.

 

CLOS LUNELLES CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

92-93

Refined and pretty with lovely fruit and density. Medium body, a delicious center palate and gorgeous fruit. Fine and fresh.

 

CHÂTEAU MONTLANDRIE CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

92-93

Very fine and polished with pretty tannins, balance and fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. All about clarity.

 

CHÂTEAU ALCEE CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

92-93

Blackberry, dark-cherry and spice aromas follow through to a full-bodied, rich and layered palate. Muscular wine for the appellation.

 

CHÂTEAU LES CHARMES-GODARD FRANCS CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

92-93

This is very dense and lively with stones, limestone and cement. Full-bodied, yet vivid and lively. Beautiful finish. This is always an under-the-radar Bordeaux and needs your attention.

 

CHÂTEAU LA VIEILLE CURE FRONSAC 2016

92-93

A tight and linear red with such beautiful class and depth. Full body, polished tannins and a long, long finish. We will see which is better: 2015 or 2016.

 

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR CARNET HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

92-93

A linear and pretty wine with plenty of blackberry aromas and flavors to complement a tight and chewy tannin structure. Medium to full body and a bright finish. More structured than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU DE CASSANA HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

92-93

This is very long and interesting. Medium to full body with plenty of character in the blackberry and light chocolate spectrum. Tiny production.

 

CHÂTEAU CROIX DU TRALE HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

92-93

A tight and firm red with blackberry and blueberry character. Full and racy. Pretty but serious.

 

LA CHENADE LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

92-93

So delicious already with delicious depth and fruitiness, yet this always retains its balance and length. Fine tannins and a raspberry, cassis finish. You want to drink this now.

 

CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE DE TAYAC MARGAUX 2016

92-93

A firm and chewy wine with serious depth of fruit and a polished tannin backbone. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and a savory finish. All here.

 

CHÂTEAU LES GRANDS CHÊNES MÉDOC 2016

92-93

This is very solid with a beautiful core of blackberry, wet-earth and walnut character. Full body and a long and flavorful finish. One of the best in a long time. Better than 2014?

 

CHÂTEAU FLEUR LA MOTHE MÉDOC 2016

92-93

This is a rich and layered young red with lots of blackberries and blueberries. Medium-bodied, firm and silky-textured Bordeaux. Pretty. Petit verdot makes a difference in this wine.

 

CHÂTEAU LA BASTIENNE MONTAGNE-ST.-EMILION 2016

92-93

A dense and powerful red with dark-berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body and a chewy finish. Structure comes through at the end.

 

CHÂTEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX MOULIS-EN-MÉDOC 2016

92-93

Dense and beautiful red with blackberry, chocolate and spice undertones. Full-bodied, firm and silky.

 

CHÂTEAU TOUR SIEUJEAN PAUILLAC 2016

91-92

Lots of blackberry and blackcurrant character. Licorice, too. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Spicy.

 

LES HAUTS DE SMITH PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

91-92

Shows very pretty depth and finesse. Medium to full body and delicate tannins. Savory. 60% cab and 40% merlot.

 

LE CLOS DU BEAU-PÈRE POMEROL 2016

91-92

Dense and condensed with blackberry, blueberry and dark-cherry character. Medium body and a fresh finish. Lovely energy.

 

CHÂTEAU PLINCETTE POMEROL 2016

91-92

Another well-made Pomerol with tension and focus. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy and bright. Shows energy. Slightly more length than the 2015.

 

CHÂTEAU LE MOULIN POMEROL 2016

91-92

A tight and solid red with blackberries, blueberries and chocolate. Medium-bodied, firm and silky.

 

CHÂTEAU BEL-AIR-OUY ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

I like the freshness and density to this with juicy fruit and savory undertones. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a pretty finish.

 

CHÂTEAU HARMONIE ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A firm and tight red with blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Linear and tight. Shows understated power for the vintage.

 

CHÂTEAU VILLHARDY ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A tight and chewy young wine with lots of back-ended fruit. Medium to full body. Licorice and walnut aftertaste. Solid.

 

CHÂTEAU BARRAIL SAINT ANDRE ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A tight and pretty wine with blackberry, blueberry and chocolate character. Medium body and fine tannins. Linear and solid.

 

CHÂTEAU MANGOT ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A tight and focused young red with blackberries and chocolate. Some walnuts, too. Medium body and a flavorful finish.

 

CHÂTEAU TOUR PEREY ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A tannic and rich wine with slightly drying tannins. Full to medium body and a chewy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LUSSEAU ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A firm and silky red with chocolate, walnut and berry character. Medium-bodied, round and juicy.

 

CHÂTEAU SIMARD ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

A tangy and minerally red with plums and dried berries. Lemon rind, too. Medium body and a juicy finish. Soft and velvety.

 

CLOS DES BAIES ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

This is very linear and direct with blueberry, chocolate and blackberry character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and silky. Lovely length.

 

CHÂTEAU MARTIN ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016

91-92

Tight and chewy with blackberry and licorice character as well as crushed stones. Medium body and a bright finish. Shows quality of St.-Estephe.

 

CHÂTEAU LAFONT FOURCAT BORDEAUX A NOS AMOURS... 2016

91-92

This is always excellent and in 2016 it delivered a solid punch with beautiful fruit, firm tannins and a savory, chewy finish.

 

CLARENDELLE BORDEAUX 2016

91-92

This shows a lovely soft and velvety texture with blackberry, chocolate and walnut character. Medium body and a fresh finish.

 

CHÂTEAU GRAND VILLAGE BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

91-92

This is very lively and fruity with bright acidity well complemented by lemon rind and minerals. Medium body and pretty fruit. Another excellent white from here.

 

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR CARNET BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

91-92

A fresh and very pretty white with sliced apples, pears and lemon rind plus hints of salt. Medium body, bright fruit and a steely finish.

 

L'ESPRIT DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC 2016

91-92

Layered and dense with lots of pear and sliced-apple character. Full and juicy. Second wine of DC.

 

CHÂTEAU LA PRADE FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

91-92

Very fine and polished for the appellation with dark berries, minerals and spices. Medium body and a fresh finish.

 

CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR FRONSAC 2016

91-92

Full-bodied with lots of blackberry fruit, licorice and a tar undertone. Juicy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU DU MOULIN ROUGE HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

91-92

Velvety and rich with lots of blackberry and walnut character. Medium to full body. Long and flavorful. Lots of potential here.

 

DOMAINE DE GACHET LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

91-92

Blueberries, blackberries and hints of black chocolate. Medium-bodied, firm and silky. Shows a racy backbone of tannins and acidity.

 

ENCLOS DE VIAUD LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

91-92

This is really juicy with a pretty center palate of fruit and fine tannins. Medium-bodied, deep and pretty. Really shows lovely length.

 

CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

91-92

A very finely textured red with cherries, chocolate and berries. Medium body and fine tannins. A beauty.

 

CHÂTEAU PEYREDON LAGRAVETTTE LISTRAC-MEDOC 2016

91-92

Plenty of tar and berry character. Hints of dried spices. Medium body and a fresh finish. Slate-like minerality. Watch this one.

 

CHÂTEAU LESTAGE LISTRAC-MEDOC 2016

91-92

Firm and linear wine with blackberry and blueberry character. Tight and linear. Shows excellent elegance and depth.

 

CHÂTEAU FONREAUD LISTRAC-MEDOC 2016

91-92

A juicy red with blackberry, blueberry and licorice character. Medium body and firm tannins. Lovely racy nature to this.

 

CHÂTEAU D'ESCURAC MÉDOC 2016

91-92

This is a strong and rich wine with very intense tannins and depth. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and a long, linear finish. Impressive young wine.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT BANA MÉDOC 2016

91-92

A tight and very pretty red with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Medium body and firm and silky tannins. Racy and fine.

 

CHÂTEAU LE PEY MÉDOC EVA 2016

91-92

Soft and round now with a lovely richness and texture. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. One third each of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot.

 

CHÂTEAU TOUR CASTILLON MÉDOC 2016

91-92

A minerally and intense young wine with blackberry and blueberry character. Medium- to full-bodied, firm and racy. A beauty.

 

CHÂTEAU LA PAPETERIE MONTAGNE-ST.-EMILION 2016

91-92

Lovely crisp and bright fruit to this with sliced-lemon, blueberry and walnut character. Medium body and a focused finish.

 

CHÂTEAU CANTELYS PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

90-91

Very fine and polished red with blackberry and blueberry character. Plenty of chocolate flavors. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean.

 

CHÂTEAU CANTELYS PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

90-91

A round and round juicy white with sliced cooked apples and pears. Full body. Delicious already.

 

LE PETIT HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

90-91

Fruity and savory white with cooked-apple and lemon character. Medium to full body and a minerally finish. 80% sauvignon and 20% semillon.

 

DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016

90-91

Round and easy with salt and dried-pear and -apple character. Full and flavorful.

 

CHÂTEAU LA GRAVE TRIGANT DE BOISSET POMEROL 2016

90-91

Builds on the finish with dark-berry, chocolate and sweet-tobacco character. Medium body, a solid core of fruit and a juicy, delicate finish.

 

CARAT DE CHÂTEAU RÉAUT PREMIÈRES CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

90-91

A minerally red with berry and cherry character as well as crushed-stone undertones. Medium-bodied, tight and silky. Very fine.

 

CHÂTEAU PUY-BLANQUET ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A firm and structured young wine with blackberry, berry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and fine tannins. Lovely energy and clarity.

 

CHÂTEAU DE FONBEL ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A balanced and fruity wine with an almost Burgundian mouthfeel and balance. Medium body and a juicy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU MOULIN-ST.-GEORGES ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A deep and pretty wine with lovely texture and fruit. Medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. Delicate.

 

CHÂTEAU MAUVINON ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A full and juicy wine with lovely polished tannins and beautiful length. Shows potential.

 

CHÂTEAU MILON ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

Firm and chewy with serious concentration and depth of fruit. Full body and a fresh finish.

 

CHÂTEAU DU ROCHER ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

Tangy and bright with lovely richness and intensity. Medium and tight tannins and a lively finish.

 

LES TOURS DE LAROQUE ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

This is really fresh and fruity with lovely acidity and dark berry fruit. Medium-bodied, bright and flavorful. Salty. Second wine of Laroque.

 

CHÂTEAU L’HERMITAGE LESCOURS ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

Velvety texture here from the combination of ripe fruit and tannins. Medium to full body and a savory finish.

 

CHÂTEAU VERNOUS MÉDOC 2016

90-91

Soft and juicy red with lots of ripe-fruit, chocolate and walnut character. Medium-bodied, round and juicy.

 

ESPRIT DE PAVIE BORDEAUX 2016

90-91

A fine and elegant red with chocolate and berry character, a medium body and a fresh finish. Hints of spices.

 

CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

90-91

A juicy and round white already with dried pinepple and honey. Hints of pears. Full and flavorful.

 

CLARENDELLE BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

90

Dense and fruity wine with cooked apples and pears. Medium-bodied, round-textured and fruity white Bordeaux. Very pretty. Drink now.

 

CHÂTEAU GRAND VILLAGE BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR 2016

90-91

A juicy and savory red with berries and chocolate. Hints of walnuts. Medium-bodied, silky and fine.

 

CHÂTEAU LA BRANDE CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

90-91

A firm and silky wine with a lovely center palate and impressive density for the appellation. Medium body and a mineral and dried-fruit character.

 

CHÂTEAU DE MONBADON CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

90-91

This is a very interesting wine that shows spice and berry character. Firm and silky with refined tannins. Made from organically grown grapes.

 

CHÂTEAU PUYGUERAUD FRANCS CÔTES DE BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

90-91

A rich and juicy white with sliced-mango and cooked-apple character. Medium to full body and a delicious finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LES GRAVILLES HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

90-91

Very pretty density of fruit and tannins. Full and rich. Lots going on here. Lovely potential.

 

CHÂTEAU LA TONNELLE HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

90-91

A tight and rich wine with solid tannins and a lovely depth of ripe fruit. Medium to full body and a savory finish.

 

L’ETOILE LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

90-91

A dense and four-square red with dark-berry, chocolate and walnut character. Medium to full body and juicy tannins.

 

DOMAINE CAPMARTIN MADIRAN VIEILLES VIGNES 2016

90-91

A solid and beautiful young red with chocolate, stone, wet earth and fruit character. Medium to full body, ripe tannins and a juicy finish. From organically grown grapes.

 

DOMAINE CAPMARTIN MADIRAN CUVÉE DU COUVENT 2016

90-91

A juicy and succulent wine with blackberry and licorice character. Medium body. Firm and delicious already Pure tannat and organically grown.

 

CHÂTEAU GRAND TAYAC MARGAUX 2016

90-91

A fresh and very pretty with blackberry and chocolate character. Medium body and firm and silky tannins. A beauty.

 

CHÂTEAU LE PEY MÉDOC 2016

90-91

Firm and silky with plenty of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Medium body and a flavorful finish. Shows potential.

 

CHÂTEAU ST.-CHRISTOLY MÉDOC 2016

90-91

Blueberry, crushed-stone and currant character. Hints of walnuts. Medium body and a tight palate. Fresh and fine tannins. Very pretty.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT-MAURAC MEDOC 2016

90-91

A firm and silky red with elegance and finesse. Lovely core of fruit, yet this remains fine and reserved.

 

CHÂTEAU LA BRANNE MÉDOC 2016

90-91

Tight and racy with pretty blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Medium to full body. Firm and long.

 

VIEUX CHÂTEAU LANDON MÉDOC 2016

90-91

A firm and silky wine with lovely intensity and tannin tension. Medium to full body. Linear.

 

CHÂTEAU LESTAGE MONTAGNE-ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A juicy and pretty wine with berry and chocolate character. Medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. Shows balance and finesse for this estate.

 

CHÂTEAU LA COUROLLE MONTAGNE-ST.-EMILION 2016

90-91

A round and juicy wine with hints of spices. Medium to full body and juicy tannins. Pretty concentration.

 

CHÂTEU LA RENAISSANCE POMEROL 2016

89-90

A dense red with blackberries, walnuts and chocolate. Medium-bodied, tight and chewy. Turns a little lean. Wait and see.

 

CHÂTEAU LIOT SAUTERNES 2016

89-90

Pretty and flavorful with hints of spices and dried fruits. Medium-bodied and off-dry. Lighter style but delicious already.

 

CHÂTEAU MARO DE ST.-AMANT ST.-EMILION 2016

89-90

A tight and linear wine with dark-berry, licorice and mineral character. Medium body. Finishes a little lean. We will see.

 

SOLBÉNI ST.-EMILION 3.5.2 2016

89-90

A red with plenty of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Medium to full body and a succulent finish. Medium in length. Next to Valandraud.

 

CHÂTEAU PATRIS QUERRE ST.-EMILION 2016

89-90

Shows walnut, tar and dark-berry character. Medium body, chewy tannins and a savory finish. Definitely some potential.

 

CHÂTEAU LAFONT FOURCAT BORDEAUX 2016

89-90

Very solid center palate of fruit with blueberries, blackberries and dark chocolate. Medium body and a linear finish. Excellent value, too.

 

CHÂTEAU MONGIRON BORDEAUX BLANC PRIOR 2016

89-90

The freshness and balance to the wine are really beautiful with sliced-apple and pineapple character plus hints of minerals. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR MONGIRON BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR 2016

89-90

A firm and silky wine with blackberry, blueberry and mineral character. Medium body and fine tannins. Watching this one.

 

CHÂTEAU LES CONSEILLANS CADILLAC CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

89-90

A juicy red with plum and berry character, lightly chewy tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Energetic.

 

CHÂTEAU DE LA HUSTE FRONSAC 2016

89-90

A firm and silky red with plum and berry character, firm tannins and a fresh finish.

 

CHÂTEAU DE PORTETS GRAVES 2016

89-90

This shows a lot of wood now with chocolate and berry character. Medium-bodied, round and juicy.

 

CHÂTEAU DU PETIT PUCH GRAVES DE VAYRES 2016

89-90

A soft and silky red with walnut, chocolate and spice character. Medium to full body and a juicy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LANDAT HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

89-90

Polished and refined with pretty tannins and ripe fruit. Medium body and a medium finish.

 

DOMAINE DES SABINES LALANDE-DE-POMEROL 2016

89-90

Soft and silky with a lovely texture of ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Medium body and a juicy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU HAUT BARRAIL MÉDOC 2016

89-90

A firm and silky red with blackberry, blueberry and mineral character. Medium body, lightly chewy tannins and a savory finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR DE PLINCE POMEROL 2016

88-89

A fresh and linear red with berry and plum character. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. Delicate finish. Needs a little more on the finish to be outstanding.

 

DOMAINE DE COMPOSTELLE POMEROL 2016

88-89

Second wine of La Cabanne. Green olives, fresh herbs and berries. Medium body and chewy tannins.

 

GABRIEL LAUZAT ST.-EMILION 2016

88-89

Dense and juicy now. Shows very good concentration and a nice depth of fruit. Full body. Lots of walnut character.

 

CHÂTEAU LES JONQUEYRES BLAYE CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2016

88-89

Fine and polished young Bordeaux with juicy fruit, pretty tannins and a delicious finish.

 

DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN BORDEAUX 2016

88-89

Soft and easy red with dark plums and hints of minerals in addition to dried-flower character. Medium body and a medium finish.

 

CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE LA RANDÉE BORDEAUX 2016

88-89

A firm and linear red with blackberry and plum character. Medium body and a fresh finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LAFONT FOURCAT BORDEAUX BLANC 2016

88-89

A fresh and bright white with sliced-apple and -pear character. Medium-bodied, bright and fun. 100% muscadelle.

 

CHÂTEAU MONGIRON BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR 2016

88-89

Pretty fruit to this young wine with dark-berry and mineral character. Medium to full body and juicy fruit. Nicely done. We will see how it evolves.

 

CHÂTEAU FOUGAS COTES DE BOURG 2016

88-89

A juicy wine with a pretty core of fruit and firm tannins. Medium body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish. Delicate for a barrel sample.

 

CHÂTEAU PICORON CÔTES DE CASTILLON 2016

88-89

Fresh and clean with minerals, blackberries and hints of walnuts. Medium body and firm tannins.

 

CHÂTEAU D'ARCHAMBEAU GRAVES 2016

88-89

A fruity and refined wine with blackberry and cherry character. Medium body and silky tannins. A little short.

 

SAÏKOUK MÉDOC 2016

88-89

Tangy and juicy with pretty berry and cherry fruit. Medium body, medium tannins and a fresh finish. Straightforward.

 

CHÂTEAU NOAILLAC MÉDOC 2016

88-89

A firm and silky red with blackberry, plum and berry character. Medium body and a tight and chewy finish. A little extracted.

 

CHÂTEAU CHEMIN ROYAL MOULIS-EN-MÉDOC 2016

88-89

A fresh and clean red with blackberry and blueberry character. A little short but shows some good energy.

 

CHÂTEAU MANCÈDRE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016

87-88

A simple and fruity red with light tannins, fresh acidity and a clean finish.

 

MUSE DU VAL ST.-EMILION 2016

87-88

A juicy red with blackberry and cherry character plus hints of walnuts. Medium finish.

 

CHÂTEAU JEANDEMAN FRONSAC LA CHÊNERAIE 2016

87-88

Cooked blackberries and a lightly jammy character. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. A little simple.

 

CHÂTEAU LABORDE FRONSAC 2016

87-88

A light and delicate red yet one with firm tannins. Needs a little more on the mid-palate but pleasant enough.

 

CHÂTEAU SARANSOT-DUPRÉ LISTRAC-MEDOC 2016

87-88

Firm and silky with a medium body and a juicy finish.

 

CONVICTION LUSSAC-ST.-EMILION 2016

87-88

Tangy and fresh with a solid backbone of acidity and tannins. Medium body and a crisp finish.

 

CHÂTEAU POITEVIN MEDOC 2016

87-88

Tangy and fresh with a medium body, light tannins and a flavorful finish.

 

CHÂTEAU ROQUEGRAVE MÉDOC 2016

87-88

Fresh and easy showing berry and walnut character. Medium to light body. Straightforward finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LESTAGE-DARQUIER MOULIS-EN-MÉDOC 2016

87-88

Soft and round with pretty berry and walnut character. Medium body. Pleasant if light.

 

CHÂTEAU LA CAROLINE MOULIS-EN-MÉDOC 2016

87-88

A firm and linear red with lightly chewy tannins and a medium finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LES JONQUEYRES BLAYE CÔTES DE BORDEAUX L’ENFER 2016

86-87

A juicy and fruity wine with blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and a straightforward finish. 50% malbec!

 

CHÂTEAU SUBILAUX BORDEAUX 2016

86-87

Soft and easy with chocolate and berry character. Some leaf undertones. Medium body and a tangy finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LAMOTHE-CISSAC HAUT-MÉDOC 2016

86-87

A fresh and easy red with dried-berry, lemon-rind and mineral character. Medium to light body and a simple finish.