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2016 Bordeaux En Primeur

2016 Bordeaux En Primeur

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Impressions of the 2016 Vintage

  • 2016 is a thrilling vintage for Bordeaux reds, on a par with the great 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015.
  • The best wines are remarkable for their beautiful harmony: rich fruit intensity is off-set by wonderful brightness. These are lively-yet-ripe wines, where alcohol levels are refreshingly lower than we have seen in the region for several years.
  • Great examples can be found across all appellations, and the harvest was a generous one.
  • Sauternes and Barsac are of excellent quality: the best have superb concentration and vivacious acidities.

The Story of the Bordeaux 2016 Vintage

During the first half of the year, as much rain fell on Bordeaux as is normally seen over 12 months. Fortunately, the weather turned dry and sunny for most of the flowering period in June, which went through speedily. So a plentiful crop was in prospect, and one where grapes and bunches would come to ripeness within a narrow window, to be picked at optimum moments. This is an important quality factor, and the early rainfall proved beneficial, for the summer was to be very dry. The accumulated water reserves were vital to the vintage’s success.

July had significantly less rain than the 30 year average (1981-2010), with 10% more sunshine. August had only 20% of normal rainfall, with 30% more sunshine. There was a heat-wave in early September, but mercifully, rainfall came in the middle of the month, allowing those vines which were heat-stressed to spring back to life. The grape-ripening process then proceeded smoothly, with warm days and cool nights allowing precious acidity to be conserved. Virtually no rain fell at all during the harvest period, which went through smoothly and calmly, with growers being able to wait for their individual plots to reach full ripeness.

The 2016 Wines

There are great successes in the northern Médoc, particularly Saint-Estèphe, where the influence of the Atlantic and the wide estuary of the Gironde kept the climate cool during the later stages of the growing season. The great, central Haut-Médoc communes of Pauillac and Saint-Julien saw their plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon being brought to perfect ripeness, thanks to the dry, sunny days of October, just prior to harvest. It is rare to find such classic Cabernets, sumptuously fruity, while freshly ripe. In Margaux, as in 2015, many gorgeous wines have been made, with Merlot often contributing importantly to the successes. Throughout the region, we find lighter alcohol levels than in 2015, with tannins and acidity in perfect balance.

Pessac-Léognan – historically the birthplace of many of Bordeaux’s greatest wines – is a superb source of top reds in 2016, with Petit Verdot often now adding its complexity to the more widely-planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

On the Right Bank, 2016 is undoubtedly first-rate in Pomerol. Several Saint-Emilion properties have also pulled off brilliantly the challenge of bringing their grapes to perfect maturity, while avoiding over-ripeness and over-extractions.

2016 is also an exciting vintage in Sauternes and Barsac, where the “noble rot” which is essential to produce great quality arrived in mid-October. Harmonious, refreshing wines with superb concentration have been produced.

How to Buy Well

It is always thrilling to navigate through Bordeaux’s intricate system and secure dependable, delicious bottles as economically as possible, by buying early. Our combined experiences of young Bordeaux go back to harvesting the 1964 grapes, to buying En Primeur from the 1969 vintage onwards, and to offering the wines – in an increasingly major way – since the vintage of our firm’s foundation, in 1978. Today, the selections are made following multiple tastings in early April by the HH&C buying team. This is always one of the most challenging, exhilarating wine-buying exercises in the world of wine, which we take extremely seriously! We have secured many lovely wines amongst the 2016 Bordeaux, on both Right and Left Banks of the Gironde. These wines show exceptional balance, with great potential to gain complexity with ageing. They have come out at prices which are perfectly reasonable. We believe that they will never be available more economically, and urge you to consider them without delay, whils stocks last. There are many thrilling, beautiful wines, which we warmly recommend.

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Graves

Château Haura

Haut-Médoc

Château Lanessan
Château Cantemerle
Château La Lagune

Lalande de Pomerol

Château de Bel-Air

Margaux

Château La Tour de Bessan
Château La Gurgue
Château du Tertre
Château Palmer
Château d’Issan
Château Brane-Cantenac

Moulis-en-Médoc

Château Mauvesin-Barton

Pauillac

Château d`Armailhac
Château Haut-Bages Monpelou
Château Batailley
Château Lacoste-Borie
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Château Lynch-Bages
Château Cos d`Estournel

Pessac-Léognan

Château Picque-Caillou
Château Carbonnieux
Château Latour-Martillac

Pomerol

Château Bourgneuf
Château Chantalouette
Château Lafleur-Gazin
Château Gazin
Château La Fleur-Pétrus
Château Certan de May
Château Hosanna

Saint-Emilion

Château La Serre
Château Puy-Blanquet
Château Saint Georges Côte Pavie
Château Bélair-Monange

Saint-Estèphe

Château Capbern
Château Ségur de Cabanac
Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Julien

Château Branaire-Ducru
Château Langoa-Barton
Château Léoville-Barton

Sweet White

Château Doisy Daëne
Château Sigalas-Rabaud
Château Suduiraut
 
 
 

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2016 Château Haura, Graves

2016 Château Haura, Graves

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £98.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château Haura, Graves

2016 Château Haura, Graves

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £113.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc

2016 Château Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £140.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château Puy-Blanquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

2016 Château Puy-Blanquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £148.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Léognan

2016 Château Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Léognan

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £155.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château Ségur de Cabanac, Saint-Estèphe

2016 Château Ségur de Cabanac, Saint-Estèphe

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £168.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Léognan

2016 Château Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Léognan

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £170.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château de Bel-Air, Lalande de Pomerol

2016 Château de Bel-Air, Lalande de Pomerol

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £175.00 Tasting Note
Availability: This item is currently out of stock. To check when it will be available again please call us:

Hampshire: 01256 830 104
Gloucestershire: 01451 870 808
London: 020 7584 7927

2016 Château Ségur de Cabanac, Saint-Estèphe

2016 Château Ségur de Cabanac, Saint-Estèphe

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £183.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château La Gurgue, Margaux

2016 Château La Gurgue, Margaux

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £188.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château de Bel-Air, Lalande de Pomerol

2016 Château de Bel-Air, Lalande de Pomerol

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £190.00 Tasting Note
Availability: This item is currently out of stock. To check when it will be available again please call us:

Hampshire: 01256 830 104
Gloucestershire: 01451 870 808
London: 020 7584 7927
 

2016 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol

2016 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £190.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château La Gurgue, Margaux

2016 Château La Gurgue, Margaux

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £203.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol

2016 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £205.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château Lacoste-Borie, Pauillac

2016 Château Lacoste-Borie, Pauillac

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £220.00 Tasting Note
 

2016 Château Lacoste-Borie, Pauillac

2016 Château Lacoste-Borie, Pauillac

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £235.00 Tasting Note

2016 Alter Ego de Ch Palmer, Margaux

2016 Alter Ego de Ch Palmer, Margaux

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £290.00 Tasting Note
 

2016 Château Carbonnieux rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2016 Château Carbonnieux rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £298.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.

2016 Château Carbonnieux rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2016 Château Carbonnieux rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

  • Size: 150 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 6
Case Price £313.00 Tasting Note
This wine is not available for sale through the website. Please contact us on 020 7584 7927 to enquire further.
 

2016 Château Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

2016 Château Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

  • Size: 75 cl
  • Type: Bordeaux Red In Bond
  • Units/Case: 12
Case Price £320.00 Tasting Note
Availability: This item is currently out of stock. To check when it will be available again please call us:

Hampshire: 01256 830 104
Gloucestershire: 01451 870 808
London: 020 7584 7927
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