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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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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel - SOLD OUT

    2me cru classe St Estephe

    Tasting Notes: Blackcurrants, vanilla and coffee on the nose. This is a wine full of dark fruit flavours, spicy cassis and quite exotic with a very and long finish.

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    £ 390.00

    Chateau d'Armailhac

    5me cru classe Pauliiac

    Tasting Notes: An exotic nose of dark, rich fruit. The wine is spicy with lovely flavours of black cherry, blackberry and coffee. Good structure and a long finish.

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    £ 1700.00

    Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

    2me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: A nose of black fruit. A dark, brooding wine with mature tannins, richness and lovely structure. It has a smooth and silky finish. Very good indeed.

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    £ 640.00

    Chateau Duhart Milon

    4me cru classe Pauillac

    Tasting Notes: Blackberries and vanilla on the nose. A very silky and full wine with elegance and lots of dark fruit flavours. There are hints of chocolate and a very long, rich and elegant finish.

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    £ 540.00

    Chateau Giscours

    3me cru classe Margaux

    Tasting Notes: Cassis and leather with a touch of minerals on the nose, with ripe dark fruits on the palate and a delicious and silky finish,

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    £ 735.00

    Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

    5me cru classe Pauillac

    Tasting Notes: Spicy cedar nose and dark cherry and cassis on the palate. This wine has plenty of sweet fruit flavours, lots of ripe plum and blackcurrant with a super finish.

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    £ 620.00

    Chateau Gruaud Larose

    2me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: A touch of smokiness with cassis on the nose. The wine is very fresh and elegant with ripe fruits showing through to a very long finish.

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    £ 4980.00

    Chateau Haut Brion

    1er cru classe Graves

    Tasting Notes: Tight, intense nose with powerful fruit flavours. The wine is dense with cassis and black cherry fruits that have to be coaxed from the glass. There is a lot in this wine which has a very long finish.

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    Chateau l'Eglise Clinet


    Tasting Notes: A perfumed nose of red fruits and minerals. The wine has power, lots of ripe fruit with black cherry and raspberry flavours, hints of chocolate and long finish.

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    £ 3960.00

    Chateau la Mission Haut Brion

    Cru classe Graves

    Tasting Notes: A very deep and dark colour, quite backward on the nose. The wine is brooding, with hints of minerals and cinnamon. It is dense, almost chunky but has great precision and a mouth-filling quantity of dark fruit flavours, chocolate and spice and a very long and complex finish.