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2016 Bordeaux

We are delighted to offer a selection of the Best of Bordeaux from the exceptional 2016 vintage!
Chateaux have just begun to release prices – most classed growth wines will be offered from May 1 to 31 – so stay tuned for offers on many more wines.

The wines will arrive in DC in early 2019.

Extreme weather conditions during 2016, from very wet to very dry, resulted in a challenging but unquestionably a Great vintage !   Bordeaux received a year's worth of rain fall in the first half of 2016  but this proved beneficially because drought conditions prevailed in the second half of 2016.

July and August were extremely dry but not torridly hot. The lack of rain continued up until September 13th when showers refreshed the vines at exactly the right time and with the right amount of water. Another rainfall a few days later preceded a long Fall which had the perfect combination of warm days and cool nights which allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly while retaining high levels of acidity and freshness, and helped keep the alcohol levels down. Winemakers found themselves in the position of being able to pick exactly when they wanted, and under absolutely ideal conditions.

The wines of 2016 are rather different in style compared to the 2015s. The '15s are notable for their voluptuous fruit, silky textures and high levels of tannin that are mostly well-concealed by the fruit.  The 2016s offer a beautiful study in focus, balance, elegance and freshness.  The wines have a very distinctive fruit character, which is more vibrant and pure in style.  The cool Fall nights imparted soaring aromatics and added considerable freshness, with the higher acidity levels adding extra focus and length. Fortunately the superb conditions at harvest time mean that the tannins are perfectly ripe, extremely refined and quite silky. Alcohol levels are generally around one percentage point lower than they are in 2015.  Overall the 2016s are very classically-styled and structured wines – they are refined and pretty with wonderful intensity, complexity and depth to them.  

2016 seems to be the perfect culmination of a movement in Bordeaux toward more precise, refined and elegant wines.   Nowhere else in the world is more time, effort, and money spent on improving the quality of the wines than in Bordeaux.  It is perhaps surprising that Chateaux who have produced ‘100 point’ wines in the past are leading this movement toward making even better wines – and thankfully better does not mean bigger – it means finer.  It is for this reason that 2016 will be regarded as one of the ‘greatest ever’ vintages in Bordeaux !

2016 Chateau Beychevelle St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 71970 
WA
96-98
120 Available
$75.00
117 Available
$54.00
2016 Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac
750ml | SKU 71782 
WS
93-96
70 Available
$68.00
2016 Chateau Climens Sauternes (Future)
750ml | SKU 71727 
WA
95-97
18 Available
$69.00
48 Available
$35.00
2016 Chateau Clos Marquis St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 71846 
WA
93-95
22 Available
$53.00
2016 Chateau Clos Marsalette Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 71847 
WS
92-95
120 Available
$25.00
58 Available
$155.00
2016 Chateau D'Armailhac Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 71678 
JS
95-96
36 Available
$42.00
59 Available
$35.00
2016 Chateau Du Tertre Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 71820 
JS
94-95
30 Available
$39.00
2016 Chateau Fombrauge St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 71676 
VM
91-94
107 Available
$25.00
2016 Chateau Gloria St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 71912 
VM
93-95
46 Available
$42.00
2016 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (Future)
750ml | SKU 71728 
WA
93-95
24 Available
$44.00
42 Available
$23.00
2016 Chateau La Lagune Medoc (Future)
750ml | SKU 71845 
WA
93-95
22 Available
$47.00
101 Available
$16.00
2016 Chateau Labegorce Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 71657 
WA
94-96
120 Available
$30.00
2016 Chateau Le Prieure St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 71881 
VM
95-98
120 Available
$45.00
2016 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 71814 
WA
95-97
120 Available
$87.00
2016 Chateau Prieure Lichine Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 71675 
VM
93-96
111 Available
$42.00
2016 Chateau Senejac Medoc
750ml | SKU 71629 
WA
91-93
120 Available
$16.00