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Affordable Bordeaux + 2016 Bordeaux Estates

From the basic to the Some Overlooked Greats
October 30, 2019


Even though Seth doubled decanted most of the wines three hours prior to the tasting, all the 2016s and even to some degree the 2015s showed young. Of the major wines the two most approachable were the 2015 Deyrem Valentin showed both power and elegance: towards the end of the tasting the Edmonds began to blossom into a wine of richness and spice.

The 2016 Château Gloria was powerful and closed, nonetheless showing great intensity and balance. The 2016 Langoa Barton eased into a wine of great and layered complexity, coming close to the layered grandeur of its big brother, Leoville. We would strongly recommend it for middle term cellaring.

We opened, but did not decant, the 2016 Caze Bellevue. We might well have. It opened to a pretty wine with concentrated fruit, more so then the previous vintage. Tasters liked it. We sold out at the tasting but have gotten more in.

Most people found the 2015 Château Puyanche was a nicely quaffable, pleasant weekday wine. Incidentally, Rich B, as well as a close taster pointed out that I had described it last week as being 20% Cabernet Franc but the label indicated Cabernet Sauvignon. Intrigued, I checked with the owners’ s daughter to see if I had misheard her saying that it was Franc. She said it was not I but the label was printed wrong and they had never changed it.

Red Bordeaux

2015 Ch. Puyanche (Bordeaux); Color: very dark; Aroma: heady nicely ripe , very pretty fruity with fine acidity, ; Mouth: smooth clean, nicely herbal, good character from the Cabernet Franc ; Very Good 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2016 Ch. La Caze Bellevue (St. Emilion); Aroma: elegant very pretty fresh, fresh rather clean; Mouth: smooth nice inytensity nice delineation, sweet acid, clean, elegant, lmedium bodied; Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2015 Ch. Deyrem Valentin Margaux Excellent Neal Martin “an intense bouquet with powerful black cherry and raspberry fruit, a light graphite and marine influence surfacing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin, here a mixture of red and black fruit, quite corpulent in the mouth but with a very pure and lightly spiced finish. This is another impressive wine from this estate that deserves a higher profile.” $39; Mixed Case, 35.1; Case, 33.15

2015 Edmus (St Emilion Grand Cru) Excellent Antonio Galloni “racy, sensual and beautifully expressive. Silky tannins give the 2015 much of its refined, elegant feel. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and anise are all nicely expressed. This is one of the more delicate, feminine St.-Émilions of the vintage”

Guide Hachette Starred - a very successful wine “A good example of the 2015 vintage…. Intense young color. Airing releases pleasant scents of candied fruit, prune, underlined with a wood Finish. The maturity of the fruit is confirmed in a fleshy mouth with firm tannins and well-integrated oak. Pleasant and tasty to drink young, it has enough structure to age well.”

$48; Mixed Case, 43.2; Case, 40.80

2016 Chateau Gloria, St. Julien Excellent Antonio Galloni “one of the undisputed stars of this vintage. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried rose petal all add complexity. In 2016 Gloria is a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well.”

$58; Mixed Case, 52.2; Case, 49.3

2016 Chateau Langoa Barton, St. Julien Excellent - Antonio Galloni “succulent, racy and inviting, with striking textural richness and depth. Ripe dark plum, tobacco, cedar, licorice and spice are all generous in this racy, pliant Saint-Julien. The 2016 is an especially fine edition of Langoa-Barton and one of the sleepers of the vintage.”

$67; Mixed Case, 60.30; Case, 56.95


10-30 Bordeaux Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $422

10-30 Bordeaux Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $224

Or mix any 6- 11 of the above for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


2016 Bordeaux

We have the wines below in bottle quantity only. They are well priced compared to the current market and can be combined with the wines above at a 10% discount when ordering at least 12 bottles.


2016 Chateau Les Grands Chenes Medoc $29.99

2016 Chateau De Fonbel St. Emilion $35.00

2016 Chateau Taillefer Pomerol $38.00

2016 Chateau Barde Haut St. Emilion $50.00

2016 Chateau Prieure Lichine $55.00

2016 Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc $64.00

2016 Chateau Rouget Pomerol $66.00

2016 Chateau Branaire Ducru St. Julien $68.00

2016 Chateau La Dominique St. Emilion $75.00

2016 Chateau Giscours Margaux $77.00

2016 Chateau St. Pierre St. Julien $86.00

2016 Chateau Brane Cantenac Margaux $96.00

2016 Ch. Clerc Milon Pauillac $99.00

2016 Chateau Pavie Macquin St. Emilion $99.00

2016 Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol $400.00

2016 Ch. Mouton Rothschild Pauillac $750.00

2016 Ch. Margaux, Margaux $799.00

2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac $799.00


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