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What about the 2016?


First words spoken by Jean-Marc Quarin already took our breath away. Quarin was enthralled by the beauty and magic of the new vintage throughout his writing. Known to be one of the most uncompromising wine critics, his positive review was refreshing. His claim that the 2016 vintage was “the greatest vintage ever made since 1982” ought to be taken seriously.

Quarin summed up the vintage in one concise paragraph:

This vintage has something genius, unusual and inexplicable about it. A fabulous and very rare combination perfectly balanced between a fantastic quality of tannin, moderate alcohol degrees and sustained but imperceptible acidity.

Read Quarin's full review here.



James Suckling too sang praise of the vintage in the release of his first impressions of 2016. He characterized the wines with a single adjective "energy" and stated as a matter of fact that "for sure...2016 is an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux for both whites and reds."

Days after tasting more than 1,000 wines, he again confirmed that "it’s an excellent year, producing dynamic and well-structured wines that are fresh and balanced." This time, however, he was more certain that the vintage is a "Left Bank Year" although wines from the Right Bank were tough contenders.

James Suckling shared his list of top wines from the new vintage shortly after. Leading the list was Chateau Calon-Segur, his Wine of the Vintage!

Read James Suckling's first impressions here.

Read James Suckling's "Bordeaux En Primeur: It's a Left Bank Year! (Day 14) here.

Read James Suckling's Top 100 Bordeaux En Primeur 2016 here.



Bordeaux has reversed its recent trend line. Vintages '11, '12 and '13 took the region down a few pegs after the highs of 2009 and '10. But with a very solid 2014 and potentially even better '15, things are looking up. And here comes 2016, perhaps even better still.” – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 21, 2017

That was a little sum-up before Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth spent 3 weeks in Bordeaux to taste the 2016 vintage from barrel. Rather than giving panoramic views of each appellation, Molesworth took us up close and personal with highlights of each appellation he visited. We compile his journals here so you could take a quick tour with him.

In the scores that Molesworth had released in the past weeks, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Leoville-Lascases, Pavie and La Mondotte were ranked the top four red wines (first-growths excepted) with the score of 97-100.

Follow the links below for his reviews:

2016 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting:

April 3, 2017: Top Scoring Dry Whites

April 4, 2017: Top Dessert Wines

April 5, 2017: Top Scoring Reds


The 2016 Bordeaux Barrel Diary:

March 24, 2017: The Race is on in St.-Estèphe

March 27, 2017: Pauillac Neighbors

March 28, 2017: Diverse St.-Julien

March 29, 2017: The New Old Guy At Margaux

March 30, 2017: Highlights from Pessac and Margaux

March 31, 2017: The American First-Growth

April 7, 2017: A Sweet Finish




Elin McCoy, award-winning journalist and wine writer of, noted after tasting nearly 500 barrel samples that "The style of 2016 is different and enticing: The wines brim with fresh, floral aromas and cool red fruit flavors, silky textures, complexity, and smooth, tightly packed tannins." Her top 18 wines of the 2016 were: Ausone, 
Clerc Milon
, Cos d’Estournel, d’Issan,Ducru-Beaucaillou
, Figeac
, Lafite Rothschild
, Lafleur, Leoville-Las Cases, Le Pin, Montrose, Mouton Rothschild
, Palmer, Petrus, Pichon-Lalande, Pontet-Canet
, Rauzan-Segla, Trotanoy.

Read Elin McCoy's article here.