When it comes to classic vintages in Bordeaux, 2005, 2009 and 2010 are considered 'perfect'. However, six years on, winemakers are asking if 2016 could be the greatest vintage of this century in Bordeaux?
At the time of release, there was universal appraisal for 2016's that were opening early. There was enough fruit for youthful drinking. It was just too early to say how the wines would develop in bottle, but hopes were high. Critics were rightly impressed,
In an Article in the Financial Times from Jancis Robinson - She stated:
"I have just had the pleasure of wallowing in the best bordeaux vintage I will probably ever taste: 2016. It’s more consistent than 2015, as tannic as 2010 but with riper tannins, much more precise than 2009, and just more everything than most vintages"
"It is a second coming of age of Bordeaux" says Mathieu Chardonnier of the 2016 vintage. He is the head of the negociant house of CVBG which also owns a number of top Bordeaux wine estates and sells millions of cases of Bordeaux each year.“It takes confidence to do less to get more in your winemaking and to believe in what you do. But that’s what many of us are doing in Bordeaux now. We made great wines in Bordeaux in 2015 and 2016. They are some of the best ever.”
Another renowned wine critic, James Suckling, stated:
"You can buy just about anything bottled in Bordeaux in the 2016 vintage from the simplest Bordeaux to the grandest of classified growths or trophy wines from the Right Bank and be assured you’re getting a top-quality wine. Some winemakers in Bordeaux are calling the 2016 vintage part of 'the second coming of Bordeaux' due to the overall excellent quality of the wines and their unique character. And after tasting more than 1,300 wines from 2016 in Bordeaux, I must agree"
Would you like to discuss any of the wines below with us. If so, call us today on (01) 5820840 and we could send you a mixed selection of the below wines or discuss wines from the selection that you may wish to drink or lay down. Most of these wines are wonderful to enjoy now, some will benefit from a further year or two worth of ageing as well. If you had a child born in 2016, there are wines here worthy of ageing for a further 18 - 21 years!