Mark spent four days in Bordeaux along with Phil Bernstein. They were there to have a look at the harvest for 2018 vintage and to taste 2016s that are now bottled.
They can also report that 2016 is indeed a Great vintage. It is a legendary vintage, destined to be remembered with the 1982s, 2000s, 2009s and 2010s.
“The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines. The word that comes to mind, unfortunately so often overused, is balance. In technical terms, the 2016s boast off the charts tannins that in many cases exceed those of wines from massive vintages such as 2010. And yet, the best 2016s are absolutely harmonious, with the tannins barely perceptible at all. The 2016s also have tremendous energy and bright, acid-driven profiles, with many wines playing more in the red-fruit area of the flavor spectrum. One of the results of the unusual growing season is that alcohols range from 0.5% to 1% lower than what has been the norm in recent years.” -Antonio Galloni