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James Suckling :

The Top 100 Bordeaux En Primeur 2016


4th April 2017

Bordeaux is one of the best value wine producing areas in the world, a reality easily forgotten since we spend so much time talking about the top wines that can cost over $500 a bottle (and even more). These trophy wines represent a tiny percentage of the total production of France’s premier wine region. There’s more to Bordeaux than just first growths, though Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Haut-Brion were the only wines to receive perfect scores in en primeur.

I tried to highlight these relative bargains in my Top 100 list, a list distilled from more than 1100 wines I tried over three weeks in Bordeaux. At the top of this pyramid is the 2016 Calon-Segur, my Wine of the Vintage. The 2016 is one of the estate’s greatest wines ever, harkening back to the legendary 1947 and 1928. It is a wine that highlights the intensity and power of the vintage with chewy and polished tannins and wonderful character and energy. It shows how cabernet sauvignon ripened to extraordinary quality in 2017. How much does it cost? Well, the 2015 en primeur sells for about $70 a bottle right now. Compared to trophy wines like the first growths, it’s an utter bargain and a sure way to show the world that Bordeaux is a wine to buy.


My Top 100 Bordeaux 2016s with scores:

1 CHÂTEAU CALON-SÉGUR ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016 Score 98-99
2 CHÂTEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON PAUILLAC 2016 Score 98-99
3 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT-ST.-EXUPERY MARGAUX 2016 Score 98-99
4 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES PAUILLAC 2016 Score 98-99
5 CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAILLY PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 98-99
6 CHÂTEAU PONTET-CANET PAUILLAC 2016 Score 98-99
7 CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE POMEROL 2016 Score 99-100
8 CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC 2016 Score 100-100
9 CHÂTEAU MOUTON-ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC 2016 Score 100-100
10 CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 100-100
11 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLÉMENT PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 97-98
12 CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU-LAGAROSSE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 98-99
13 CHÂTEAU PALMER MARGAUX 2016 Score 99-100
14 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 98-99
15 CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 99-100
16 CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS POMEROL 2016 Score 99-100
17 CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR POMEROL 2016 Score 99-100
18 CHÂTEAU LE PIN POMEROL 2016 Score 99-100
19 CHÂTEAU PAVIE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 99-100
20 CHÂTEAU ROCHEYRON ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 98-99
21 CHÂTEAU L'EVANGILE POMEROL 2016 Score 98-99
22 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET POMEROL 2016 Score 98-99
23 VIEUX-CHÂTEAU-CERTAN POMEROL 2016 Score 98-99
24 CHÂTEAU LE GAY POMEROL 2016 Score 98-99
25 CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS POMEROL 2016 Score 98-99
26 CHÂTEAU PAVIE DECESSE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 98-99
27 CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC SAUTERNES 2016 Score 98-99
28 CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY SAUTERNES 2016 Score 98-99
29 CHÂTEAU LATOUR PAUILLAC 2016 Score 98-99
30 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX MARGAUX 2016 Score 98-99
31 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016 Score 98-99
32 CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 98-99
33 CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM SAUTERNES 2016 Score 98-99
34 CHÂTEAU TROTTEVIEILLE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
35 CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
36 CHÂTEAU PÉBY-FAUGÈRES ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
37 CHÂTEAU PAVIE-MACQUIN ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
38 CHÂTEAU COS-D'ESTOURNEL ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016 Score 97-98
39 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016 Score 97-98
40 CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 97-98
41 PAVILLON BLANC DU CHÂTEAU MARGAUX BORDEAUX BLANC 2016 Score 97-98
42 CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 97-98
43 MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
44 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 96-97
45 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN MARGAUX 2016 Score 96-97
46 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES-HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 96-97
47 ENCLOS TOURMALINE POMEROL 2016 Score 96-97
48 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS MARGAUX 2016 Score 96-97
49 CHÂTEAU GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE PAUILLAC 2016 Score 96-97
50 CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC 2016 Score 96-97
51 CHÂTEAU TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
52 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 96-97
53 CHÂTEAU LE BON PASTEUR POMEROL 2016 Score 96-97
54 CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION BLANC PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016 Score 96-97
55 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 95-96
56 CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
57 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 95-96
58 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 95-96
59 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 95-96
60 LE DÔME ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
61 CHÂTEAU LA GAFFELIÈRE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
62 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2016 Score 95-96
63 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA MARGAUX 2016 Score 96-97
64 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2016 Score 96-97
65 CHÂTEAU TROTANOY POMEROL 2016 Score 97-98
66 CALICEM ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
67 CHÂTEAU CERTAN DE MAY POMEROL 2016 Score 97-98
68 CHÂTEAU BÉLAIR-MONANGE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
69 CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
70 CHÂTEAU CANON ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
71 CHÂTEAU AUSONE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 97-98
72 CHÂTEAU LARCIS-DUCASSE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
73 PENSÉES DE LAFLEUR POMEROL 2016 Score 95-96
74 CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
75 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE LALANDE PAUILLAC 2016 Score 96-97
76 L’IF ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
77 CHÂTEAU COS-D'ESTOURNEL BORDEAUX BLANC 2016 Score 96-97
78 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
79 CHÂTEAU HOSANNA POMEROL 2016 Score 96-97
80 CHÂTEAU LA VIOLETTE POMEROL 2016 Score 96-97
81 CLOS FOURTET ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
82 LA MONDOTTE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 96-97
83 CHÂTEAU PALMER MARGAUX ALTER EGO 2016 Score 95-96
84 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC PAUILLAC 2016 Score 95-96
85 CHÂTEAU NENIN POMEROL 2016 Score 95-96
86 LE PETIT MOUTON DE MOUTON-ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC 2016 Score 95-96
87 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC MARGAUX 2016 Score95-96
88 CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS MARGAUX 2016 Score 95-96
89 CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY PAUILLAC 2016 Score 95-96
90 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ ST.-JULIEN 2016 Score 95-96
91 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT SAUTERNES 2016 Score 95-96
92 CHÂTEAU BERLIQUET ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
93 CHÂTEAU DE PRESSAC ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
94 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016 Score 95-96
95 CHÂTEAU CANTEMERLE HAUT-MÉDOC 2016 Score 94-95
96 CHÂTEAU SIRAN MARGAUX 2016 Score 94-95
97 CLOS ST.-MARTIN ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
98 CHÂTEAU CANON-LA GAFFELIÈRE ST.-EMILION 2016 Score 95-96
99 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR ST.-ESTÈPHE 2016 Score 94-95
100 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE MARGAUX 2016 Score 94-95