Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 2 – Saint-Éstèphe

Bordeaux 2016 from The Wine Cellar Insider – Part 2 – Saint-Éstèphe

We are very privileged to be able to have Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor and Editor of “The Wine Cellar Insider” as our Guest contributor with an edited version on his tasting of the recent 2016 Bordeaux wines en primeur. This is the second of a series and for the full version, go to

Jeff Leve has travelled to the Bordeaux wine region to barrel taste almost 30 times. He’ll be there twice this year. Each visit includes tastings at all the major Bordeaux Chateaux and lasts between 2-3 weeks. The visits also include several tastings at Bordeaux negociants. Read more at:

Tasting the 2016 St. Estephe wines is the only way to know what’s in the bottle and glass. But how those wines are what they are, is an equally important part of the story. In my view, the wines from the northern Medoc are incredible. They are homogenous. They provide character, style, volume, depth, complexity, freshness and possess the ability to age and develop into something magical, with time in the cellar. How did this happen?

The Saint Estephe appellation is not always the most successful. While it can be argued that the region produced some of the best wines in 2014, in 2015, many of the wines were dilute. You have to go back to 2003 to find a vintage with this level of quality and consistency in Saint Estephe. But this year, 2016 St. Estephe ensured that the appellation roared back with a vengeance!

Located in the far north of Bordeaux , St. Estephe has a naturally cooler terroir, and thus harvests are later than what you encounter as you travel south. The soils are also cooler, due in part to the clay you find. For the 2016 Left Bank wines, especially in St. Estephe, these conditions were perfect for the grapes !

His top score went to Ch. Montrose and these are his notes

2016 Montrose – Inky black in color with incredible levels of density, the first thing you notice when the wine hits your palate is the salty, mineral-driven tannins. The purity of the fruit, concentration, richness and velour textures bring you to pleasure with spice, dark chocolate, licorice, blackberry and plum notes. The endnote resonates for at least 60 seconds! Completely satisfying in every way. In the old days you’d need a cigarette after tasting this wine! The best wine since the historic duo of 2009 and 2010, this is right at that level, or even better! Time alone, will be the final arbiter. The Grand Vin was produced from just 36% of the crop, blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 0.7% Cabernet Franc. This wine reached 13.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.55. The harvest took place September 23 to October 14. 99 – 100 Pts.

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