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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 Lafite Rothschild

    1er cru classe Pauillac

    Tasting Notes: Perfumed black fruits and spices on the nose. This is a big and powerful wine, very intense yet beautifully delineated. It is full of ripe fruits and spices but is so balanced and seamless with a rich, lingering finish.

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    £ 420.00

    Chateau Lagrange

    3me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: A nose of very intense dark fruits. Ripe cassis and black fruit flavours with a rich and long finish.

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    £ 420.00

    Chateau Langoa Barton

    3me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: A very concentrated nose with black cherry and hints of coffee. This is a full wine, quite juicy with cassis and ripe, dark fruit flavours. A good long finish.

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    Chateau le Conseillante


    Tasting Notes: Vanilla, raspberry and blackberry on the nose. This is a silky and smooth wine with a juicy feel and concentrated with black cherry and hints of chocolate. A seamless finish.

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    Chateau Leoville Barton - SOLD OUT

    2me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: Blackcurrants with hints of cedar on the nose. A full, ripe and rich wine with power and great intensity of black fruit, cedar and spices on the palate. There is a lot in there, with a very long and rich finish.

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    £ 2100.00

    Chateau Leoville Lascases

    2me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: Dark plum, cassis and blackcurrant on the nose. A dense, big wine, quite complex and vibrant. There are dark fruit flavours, hints of liquorice, spices and vanilla, layered with a very long, rich finish. The best Lascases I have tasted for years.

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    £ 798.00

    Chateau Leoville Poyferre

    2me cru classe St Julien

    Tasting Notes: Plums and cherries on the nose. Lots of lovely spice flavours, of ripe, dark fruits. Full of intensity and a really long and rich finish.

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    £ 1175.00

    Chateau Lynch Bages

    5me cru classe Pauillac

    Tasting Notes: Very dense and brooding on the nose, with blackberry, vanilla and sweet blackcurrants. This is a very concentrated and full wine, complex with rich dark fruit flavours, cedar and cloves. The finish is very long and rich. This is the best Lynch Bages I have tasted for many years.

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    £ 505.00

    Chateau Malescot St Exupery

    3me cru classe Margaux

    Tasting Notes: Black fruit nose with hints of pepper and cassis. This wine is very fresh, shows exceptional balance and structure with lots of exciting dark fruit flavours and a very rich and long finish.

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    £ 5185.00

    Chateau Margaux

    1er cru classe Margaux

    Tasting Notes: Dense purple colour. Elegant nose of black cherry, vanilla and spice. Some brooding black fruit flavours with spices, very concentrated, with an exceptional balance and richness. Fresh and with a long and vibrant finish. The balance is wonderful.