Bordeaux En Primeur 2016

The Davy’s buying team visited Bordeaux in early April for the annual Union des Grands Crus tasting – a hectic three days of visits, to dozens of Chateaux, tasting hundreds of wines.  After the excellent 2015 vintage and initially unpromising weather conditions in ’16, it seemed too much to hope for another good year.  Few could have predicted how things would turn out at harvest time, with sudden rains bringing a near perfect balance to the hot, dry summer.  2016 has a whiff of the miraculous!

Equally good as, but quite different in style to the 2015 vintage, our tastings from cask suggest 2016 is a year of elegant, classical wines, with beautiful aromas and fine, ripe tannins, elevated by very fresh acidity.  The wines hark back to the style of Bordeaux seen twenty years ago…but with all the added benefits of modern vineyard and wine making techniques.   Approachable (because of those silky tannins) but with very long ageing ability, 2016 should offer tremendous enjoyment for many years to come.

Wines listed below are in alphabetical order, as they are released. A limited amount is shown online and does not reflect our total stock.  Some wines will be listed ‘On Allocation’, to enquire about availability of these please e-mail timothyw@davy.co.uk.

Stock is currently lying ex cellars in France, wines due to land in the UK in late 2018. Prices are shown in bond (IB) London per 6 bts (unless stated otherwise). Onward delivery to home address is not included. Duty and VAT are charged at the prevailing rate, at time of writing (05/17) UK duty is £25.92 per case (12x75cl) and VAT is 20% but these may change at any time. Stock and orders are subject to confirmation.

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