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En Primeur

Welcome to David Watt's Bordeaux En Primeur selection. David's tasting notes on the 2016 Bordeaux en primeurs.

I have always believed that it is very difficult to compare vintages as they are all really unique, but it is possible to consider similarities between the Vintages. I have now returned from my 34th consecutive Bordeaux tasting trip so I have a great many Vintages and tasting notes to choose from.

The 2016 Vintage is certainly an excellent one with some outstanding wines having been made. The wines have very good acidity levels and relatively low alcohol. The fruit is very pure and the tannins soft and ripe. Overall the wines show great concentration of ripe fruit with purity and richness.

Generally I believe that the 2016 Vintage is better that the 2015. There is a touch of 1990 within it because there is quite a lot of front-loaded fruit. It has the smoothness of 2009 and the structure of some of the 2010’s.

Undoubtedly the Bordelais will be looking to maximise prices. Demand is now such that these wines will sell around the world whether you and I buy them and we do in the UK suffer a reduction in buying power because of the lower exchange rate. Nevertheless there are many that I really do like and given that each year the amounts released en primeur are usually smaller than the previous vintage, there will be a number of wines that will be hard to get at these prices in years to come.


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    Carruades de Lafite - SOLD OUT

    2nd wine of Chateau Lafite Rothschild

    Tasting Notes: Ripe cherry and plum nose. A full-bodied wine with plenty of dark fruit flavours and a long finish

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    £ 3580.00

    Chateau Angelus

    1er grand cru classe "A"

    Tasting Notes: Dark, rich and intense with hints of chocolate and cassis on the nose. The wine Is very balanced and perfumed with great purity and freshness. There is power for the black cherry fruit with exotic spice flavours and a very defined and rich finish.

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    Chateau Ausone

    1er grand cru classe St Emilion

    Tasting Notes: A very dark, black colour. Black cherry, coffee and plum on the nose, this wine is supple, intense and very full of flavours of black fruits , exotic spices and hints of orange. A very rich, intense and long finish.

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    Chateau Beychevelle - SOLD OUT

    4me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: The wine is quite fleshy and full. Oriental spices and dark fruit flavours

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    Chateau Calon Segur - SOLD OUT

    3me cru classe St Estephe

    Tasting Notes: A very complex nose of extremely ripe fruit with blackcurrants and spices. A full and rich wine with ripe plum and cassis flavours, quite mouth-filling and spicy, with a long finish.

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    £ 258.00

    Chateau Cantemerle

    5me cru classe Margaux

    Tasting Notes: A nose of blackcurrant and vanilla. This is a well-balanced, elegant wine with layers of black fruits and incense. A pure, long finish.

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    £ 6400.00

    Chateau Cheval Blanc

    1er grand cru classe St Emilion

    Tasting Notes: Violets, wild cherry and pepper on the nose. A very pure and fresh wine with ripe fruit , exotic spices and cassis flavours The wine is very intense and complex with a very rich and long finish.

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    £ 98.50

    Chateau Cissac

    Cru Bourgeois

    Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant and plum on the nose. This is a full wine with lovely dark fruit flavours and a fresh, rich finish. Always outstanding value.

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    Chateau Clerc Milon - SOLD OUT

    5me cru classe Pauillac

    Tasting Notes: With a rich, spicy nose, this is an exotic wine with good volume, juicy with cassis and black cherry fruits. Beautifully silky, with a long finish.

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    Chateau Clinet - SOLD OUT


    Tasting Notes: A concentrated nose of black cherry, plum and hint of liquorice. This wine Is quite big and dense with ripe plum and blackberry flavours and a sweet finish.