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2016 Bordeaux

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

2016 Chateau Barde Haut - St. Emilion
750ml | SKU 71972 
VM
96
WA
93+
"The 2016 is easily one of the best recent versions of Barde-Haut I can remember tasting."
2016 Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux
750ml | SKU 72222 
VM
96
WA
96-98
2016 Chateau Clarke - Medoc
750ml | SKU 73722 
JS
91-92
2016 Chateau Clos Marsalette - Pessac
750ml | SKU 71847 
WS
92-95
VM
91
WA
90-92
2016 Chateau Croix Mouton - Bordeaux
750ml | SKU 77478 
WA
(88-90)
2016 Chateau d'Yquem - Sauternes
750ml | SKU 76326 
WA
(95-97)
2016 Chateau Du Tertre - Margaux
750ml | SKU 71820 
JS
94-95
WA
90
2016 Chateau Fombrauge - St. Emilion
750ml | SKU 71676 
VM
94
WA
92
"The 2016 is simply impeccable, not to mention incredibly delicious."
2016 Chateau Gazin - Pomerol
750ml | SKU 72013 
WA
94-96
2016 Chateau Giscours - Margaux (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 72179 
VM
94
WA
93
"Giscours has been on a roll over the last few years. The 2016 is another fine vintage."
2016 Chateau Grand Mayne - St. Emilion
750ml | SKU 72025 
WA
94-96
"it is one of the best I have tasted from this Saint Emilion estate"
2016 Chateau Larcis Ducasse - St. Emilion (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 72094 
VM
97
WA
96
"Quite simply, the 2016 is an exceptional Larcis. Don't miss it!"
2016 Chateau Le Prieure - St. Emilion
750ml | SKU 71881 
VM
98
WA
89-91
"Silky and impossibly refined, the 2016 is a wine of pure and total precision."
2016 Chateau Paveil de Luze - Margaux
750ml | SKU 77684 
VM
92
WA
88
2016 Chateau Pavie Macquin - St. Emilion
750ml | SKU 72176 
VM
96-99
WA
96
2016 Chateau Pedesclaux - Pauillac
750ml | SKU 72174 
VM
94
WA
93
2016 Chateau Prieure Lichine - Margaux
750ml | SKU 71675 
VM
96
"one of the sleepers of the vintage. Don't miss it!"
2016 Chateau Senejac - Medoc
750ml | SKU 71629 
VM
91
WA
90