H2Vin Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur Round Up Offer

“2016 Bordeaux – unquestionably a very fine vintage”

As we near the end of the Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur campaign, we revisit our thoughts on the vintage and round up our highlights of the campaign so far.

2016 is unquestionably a very fine vintage in Bordeaux, combining quality, quantity and a very classic style.

At this early stage of their maturation, the 2016 Red wines give every indication of being outstanding. The aromatics are pure, perfumed and fruit-driven, but also floral and certainly ripe. They have a fine intensity of colour and excellent fruit concentration, whilst combining the tannic power of great vintages with a delightfully velvety texture. Their relatively high level of acidity gives them an admirable freshness and tremendous balance; whilst also lending the palate a precision and deftness of touch. 2016 may prove to be more ‘classic’ than 2009 or 2015 and seems to have excellent ageing potential. All grape varieties performed well, though the sheer quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the defining hallmarks of the vintage. The offerings from the Northern Médoc communes of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe are undeniably great and could turn out to be one of their finest vintages for many a year. The best wines are significantly denser and more concentrated than in 2015.

Bearing this in mind, as this year’s En Primeur campaign draws to a close, there are still some gems to be found from 2016, which was described by Neal Martin as “unequivocally a great vintage in Bordeaux.” Please find below our selection of fantastic châteaux, all of which are still available now.

Our full Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Report is available on our website.

If you would like to know more about this offer, the En Primeur campaign or to place an order, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016 [Pauillac]
£675.00 per case (6x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink 2026 – 2060.” 96-98 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Château Branaire-Ducru 2016 [St Julien]
£460.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
£230.00 per case (6x75cl) IB
This is clearly the best wine I have tasted from Branaire-Ducru. Exquisite depth and richness are on offer, yet this is always framed and focused. Layers of fruit and tannins. So deep and long. Incredible quality.” 95-96 Points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Château Gazin 2016 [Pomerol]
£359.00 per case (6x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Gazin is a blend of 87% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc this year, picked from 22 September with respect to the Merlot and from around 7 or 8 October for the Cabernet Franc. Now this has quite a powerful bouquet for Gazin, more heightened fruit compared to recent vintages with blackberry, briary and pressed flower aromas that are well defined (although my sample demanded two or three minutes to really find its voice). The palate is medium-bodied with a gently grip on the entry. I adore the tannic structure to this Gazin, equidistant between masculine and feminine, a backbone that will ensure this will age over many years. There is abundant, lightly spiced black fruit with a touch of cracked black pepper and clove towards the finish. The 50% new oak will add a little muscle onto the finish, thereupon you will have a really marvelous Gazin that will give three years of drinking pleasure, possibly more. Drink Date 2023 – 2055 .” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Château Giscours 2016 [Margaux]
£540.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Giscours is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, the highest percentage of Cabernet in recent years, picked between 26 September and 20 October. It was cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare with 13.2% alcohol, which is a little less than in 2015. Naturally that dominant proportion of Cabernet drives the aromatics with blackberry, cedar and graphite aromas. The palate is very well structured, more masculine than the 2015 and maybe without quite the same level of precision, but there is great density and length to this Giscours. I found that improved in the glass, gaining more energy from the ether. It is an impressive follow-up to last year’s Giscours. Drink 2022-2055.“ 93-95 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Château D’Issan 2016 [Margaux]
£550.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“The 2016 D’Issan is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot cropped between 29 September and 19 October, and matured in 50% new barrels. The alcohol is 13.3% and with a pH of 3.71. It has a very classic, slightly introverted bouquet with a light marine influence coming through, but remaining very reserved, a little aloof. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin and fine delineation; it is very crisp and focused, a classic Margaux through and through with outstanding salinity and persistence towards the precise finish. This is a beautiful D’Issan for long-term ageing, on par with the 2015. Drink Date 2026 – 2060.” 93-95 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot 2016 [St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé]
£595.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, picked between 3-20 October. It has a very pure and precise bouquet, pure with joyful black cherries, blackcurrants, cedar and incense that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced, sensual and lively with a gentle, caressing finish of cedar and tobacco. There is good structure here, a Saint Emilion that should age with style. This continues the upswing of Beau-Sejour-Becot. Drink Date 2022 – 2045” 93-95 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Clos du Marquis 2016 [St. Julien]
£469.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Clos du Marquis was picked from 30 September to 19 October and consists of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 55% new oak. Yields came in at 40 hectoliters per hectare and the alcohol at 13.55%. The bouquet is very intense at the moment with small black cherries, incense, iris and a touch of shucked oyster shells. The palate is beautiful, perhaps one of the most powerful that I came across in Saint Julien, certainly no shy retiring flower, yet it effortlessly manages to retain the precision and tension one expects from this cru. There is a firm back bone here, but the tannins are so precise that you barely notice, while the aftertaste has superb salinity. This is a majestic Clos du Marquis, but it will require several years in the cellar.” 93-95 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

Château Talbot 2016 [St. Julien]
£490.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“Lovely deep damson colour with violet edging that suggests a healthy pH. Great balance of fruit and acidity, this is one of the fresher wines of the appellation. The fruit is cleanly extracted, fresh and well paced, with a lovely layer of complexity driven by smoke-edged mineral notes. Aged in 50% new oak.” 94 Points Jane Anson, Decanter.com

Château Haut Marbuzet 2016 [St. Estèphe]
£355.00 per case (12x75cl) IB
“The 2016 Haut Marbuzet has exactly the kind of bouquet you expect from this Saint Estephe owned by the Duboscq family: decadent and very ripe red berry fruit intermixed with kirsch and crème de cassis. Fortunately, it delivers all this ripeness with satisfying freshness and detail. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, plenty of concentrated black fruit tinged with tobacco and white pepper. All it is missing is just a little more persistent on the aftertaste, but otherwise, this is no more, no less than an absolutely delicious Saint-Estèphe that will give 20-25 years of drinking pleasure. No other wine from the appellation this year will give you so much joy.” 92-94 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate RobertParker.com

If you would like to know more about this offer, the En Primeur campaign or to place an order, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

Prices: All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges, unless otherwise stated. All wines are offered subject to being unsold and to final confirmation.

Minimum Order: One standard case (12 x 75cl bottles, 6 magnums, 24 half bottles or a pro-rata combination thereof).

Delivery: The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2019 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates. When withdrawing wine that has been held in bond from a bonded warehouse, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

For a full list of our Terms & Conditions for En Primeur Purchases, please visit our website.


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