Bordeaux 2016 captures critics’ hearts

Posted by Rachel England on 20 April 2017 |

Merchants and critics from around the world descended on Bordeaux in early April to taste Bordeaux’s 2016 offering, and the feedback so far has been resoundingly positive.

According to Berry Bros & Rudd’s Bordeaux buyer Max Lalondrelle: “2016 is very unique and exciting. Across the 56 châteaux we visited the elegance, purity and energy in the wines shines through. This a return for Bordeaux to a very fine style of winemaking.”

Speaking to thedrinksbusiness, Giles Cooper from BI said: At the peak we think 2016 includes some of the finest young wines we have ever tasted from the region. In some cases the wines appear to be a modern-day combination of 1982, 1985 and 1989, albeit with winegrowing know-how light years ahead of these great historic examples.”

Meanwhile, Justerini & Brooks’ Bordeaux buyer, Tom Jenkins, noted that “After a string of ‘modern’ vintages, which can be approached without trepidation at an early age, we have a year of real vins de garde.”

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