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En-Primeur 2016

Our team spent the first week of April tasting a comprehensive cross-section of barrel samples from the 2016 vintage and returned to Hong Kong with glowing reports of the quality on offer from this year. There were some stand-outs, with the wines of the northern Medoc being particularly successful and there are pockets of excellence to be found on the right bank and elsewhere. Many producers seem to have dialled back on their quest for ultra-ripeness and exposure to oak so that these wines often display a more classic style. The best wines of the Medoc call to mind a more modern style 1986, showing great depth and concentration. Over in the right bank there are suggestions of a blend of 2005 and 2010.
 

Weather conditions:
On the face of it the weather pattern in 2016 did not offer the ideal conditions for a classic vintage. Spring and early summer were wet, with treatments against mildew absolutely de rigeur for anyone concerned about the health of their vines. Despite the wet conditions, flowering took place successfully but from the end of June there was an extended spell of dry weather which lasted until rain on September 13 which kick-started the ripening process again. Fortunately the spring rains meant that there was enough ground water to sustain the vines through the summer drought but ripening in the period from mid-September to late October was painfully slow. Thanks to the extended dry period berries were small with thick skins and the resulting wines show fresh acidity and ripe tannins.

Vintage Characteristics: It has been suggested that Bordeaux 2015 and 2016 make a pair that can be compared with the equivalent 2009 and 2010: the first vintage in each pair showing an exuberant, hedonistic style, the second more restrained and classical. The 2016’s show lower alcohol than the 2009 and 2010 wines, in some cases a good 1% lower which brings a brighter, fresher style reminiscent of the classic vintages of the 1980’s before the quest for concentration and ripeness began in earnest.

Buying Strategy: As usual we will concentrate on the top performing properties and those we consider to offer the best value for money. There are some very successful wines in this vintage which Bordeaux lovers will not want to miss.

Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Neal Martin (WA), James Suckling (JS), Wine Spectator (WS) and Antonio Galloni’s (AG) are indicated on the following pages.

To place an order, please send an email to order@etcwineshops.com

Wines ( * denotes Limited Allocation )

wine AG WS JS JR WA price   wine AG WS JS JR WA price
Alter Ego de Palmer 90-93   95-96 16.5 89-91 $513   Lafite* 95-98   100 18 96-98 $5,310
Aile d'Argent 89-91   93-94 17   $547   Lagrange 90-93 92-95 95-96 16.5 94-96 $366
D'Armailhac 89-91 92-95 95-96 17- 92-94 $343   Langoa Barton 90-93 93-96 94-95 17.5 91-93 $378
Angelus     99-100 17++   $3,105   Larcis Ducasse 94-97 94-97 95-96 17 93-95 $555
Ausone     97-98 18+   $6,030   Lascombes 89-92 90-93 93-94 16.5 89-91?  
Beausejour Duffau   94-97 98-99 17+   $882   Latour            
Bellevue Mondotte     96-97 16++       Latour a Pomerol            
Beychevelle*   93-96 94-95 16.5   sold out   Le Clarence de Haut Brion 91-94   94-95 17 89-91 $1,053
Branaire Ducru   94-97 95-96 17   $414   La Clarte de Haut Brion     93-94 17 87-89 $621
                La Croix de Beaucaillou         92-94 $366
Brane Cantenac   90-93 95-96 17   $542   La Mission Haut Brion 94-97   96-97 18.5++ 98-100 $3,483
Branon               La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 90-93   98-99 17 91-93 $4,950
Calon Segur   94-97 98-99 18.5       Lafon Rochet 91-94 90-93 93-94   91-93 $356
Canon   95-98 96-97 18.5   sold out   Le Carillon de l'Angelus            
Canon La Gaffeliere   95-98 95-96 17   $666   Le Dome            
Carruades de Lafite               Le Gay 93-96 92-95 98-99 16 92-94 $900
Clarte Haut Brion               Le Petit Mouton 91-94   95-96 17 92-94 $1,395
Chapelle d'Ausone     93-94 17       Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases     93-94 16.5   $368
Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion     92-93 17   $684   Le Pin            
Cheval Blanc     98-99 18.5+   $5,670   Leoville Barton 93-96 96-99 95-96 18 93-95 $666
Chevalier de Lascombes               Leoville Las Cases 95-98+ 97-100 98-99 19 98-100 $1,836
Clerc Milon   93-96 94-95 17.5+       Leoville Poyferre 94-97 95-98 95-96 18 95-97 $693
Climens               Les Forts de Latour            
Clinet*   94-97 94-95 16   $743   Les Pagodes de Cos     93-94     $333
Clos de L'Oratoire               Lynch Bages 92-95 96-99 98-99 17.5 97-99 $990
Clos du Marquis               Malartic Lagraviere 92-95 92-95 95-96 16.5 94-96  
Clos Fourtet   96-99 95-96 16.5   $870   Malartic Lagraviere Blanc 90-93   93-94 17 89-91  
Clos l'Eglise               Malescot St Exupery 92-95 92-95 98-99 15.5 94-96 $432
Cos d'Estournel* 92-95   97-98 18 98-100 $1,395   Margaux 97-100   98-99 17.5 97-99 $4,482
Cos d'Estournel Blanc     96-97         Monbousquet   93-96 94-95 17 90-92 $394
Coutet               Monbousquet Blanc 89-91   90-91   87-89 $406
Certan de May           $855   Montrose* 93-96   97-98 18 97-99 $1,305
D'Issan   88-91   17+   $492   Mouton* 95-98+   100 18.5+ 98-100 $4,482
Domaine de Cambes               Palmer 95-98   99-100 17.5+ 95-97 $2,520
Domaine de Chevalier   93-96 96-97 17+   $555                
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc     96-97 17++   $731   Pape Clement 93-96 94-97 97-98 16.5 95-97 $684
Domaine des Cambes               Pape Clement Blanc 92-95   94-95 15.5 92-94 $1,044
Du Tertre               Pavie   97-100 99-100 17   $3,105
Ducru Beaucaillou   97-100 97-98 17   $1,467   Pavie Macquin 96-99 94-97 97-98 16.5+ 94-96  
Duhart Milon 89-91   94-95   92-94 $567   Pavie Decesse 94-97 93-96 98-99 16 92-94  
Echo de Lynch Bages 89-92 90-93 93-94 16 89-91 $301   Pavillon Blanc de Margaux 94-97   97-98 17 92-94 $1,260
Figeac 94-97 95-98 96-97 19 98-100 $1,575   Pavillon Rouge de Margaux 90-93     16.5++ 91-93 $1,188
Gazin   91-94 94-95 16.5 94-96 $630   Petit Village   91-94 94-95 17    
Gloria   93-96 93-94 16.5 93-95     Pichon Baron 93-96 96-99 98-99 18.5 96-98 $1,197
Giscours 91-94 92-95 96-97 17 93-95     Pichon Lalande 97-100 95-98 96-97 17- 96-98 $1,269
Grand Puy Lacoste 93-96 94-97 96-97 17 95-97 $630   Pontet Canet 96-99   98-99 18 95-97 $1,167
Grand Village               Rauzan Segla   92-95 96-97 17   $630
Gruaud Larose   91-94 95-96 17.5 93-95 $537   Reserve de la Comtesse 91-94 93-96 94-95 16.5 96-98 $315
Guiraud               Rieussec            
Haut Bailly* 94-97+   98-99 17 96-98 $882   Roc de Cambes            
Haut Brion* 95-98   100 19 97-99 $4,482   Saint Pierre, St Julien 91-94 92-95 94-95 17- 94-96  
Haut Brion blanc* 93-96   96-97   92-94 $6,210   Smith-Haut-Lafitte 94-97 95-98 97-98 17.5 96-98 $807
Haut Batailley               Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 92-95   94-97 17 93-95 $756
Hosanna*               Sociando Mallet            
L'Evangile 94-97   98-99 17.5 94-96     Suduiraut     95-96     $482
L'Eglise Clinet* 96-99 94-97 98-99 17.5 97-99 $2,322   Talbot 92-95 93-96 93-94 17 90-92 $441
La Cabanne               Tertre Roteboeuf            
La Conseillante 95-98 93-96 99-100 17+ 96-98 $1,575   Troplong Mondot 94-97 94-97 94-97 16 93-96 $1,102
La Dame de Montrose     91-92 17   $278   Trotanoy 95-98 96-99 97-98 18 96-98  
La Fleur Petrus               Quintus            
La Mondotte 94-97 97-100 96-97   93-95 $2,057   Vieux Chateau Certan* 97-100   98-99 19 95-97 $2,016
La Violette           $1,890   Phelan Segur 91-94 91-94 94-95 17- 92-94  
                             

 * Denotes Limited Allocation

En Primeur - Terms and Conditions

  • No Inner Cellar discounts offered
  • Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Neal Martin (WA), James Suckling (JS), Wine Spectator (WS) and Antonio Galloni’s (AG) are indicated on the following pages
  • Bottling: Prices are for standard 750ml bottles. Wines can be bottled in half bottles, magnums or other formats for an additional charge. Please provide special bottling instructions before 31st August 2017.
  • Storage: etc staff will contact you for delivery arrangement in Spring/Summer 2019, there would be storage charges if we do not receive any reply on shipping instruction in 7 days of our notification. The charge will be HKD $240 per annum per case or per large format bottle (9L case). 
  • Shipping Cost: HKD$180 per case inclusive of insurance. Please instruct us in advance for special shipping arrangements.
  • Offer: Please note that the following wines are offered ex-cellars Bordeaux and available in unit of 6 or 12 bottles. Minimum order is 1 case of 6 bottles (750ml) for each wine, when available. If you need special bottling (half bottles, magnums or other large formats), please let us know at the time of order. They will be available for delivery in Spring/Summer 2019. Payment upon receipt of invoice.
  • Payment:
    Payment will be only processed in HKD.
    The following payment methods are accepted:
    - Visa , Mastercard, AE, bank transfer.

To place order please send an email at order@etcwineshops.com