James Suckling publishes further Bordeaux 2016 scores: “It’s a Left Bank year!”

On Friday, James Suckling released further scores for Bordeaux 2016. Having tasted over 1,000 samples, he suggests that the vintage is “an excellent year, producing dynamic and well-structured wines that are fresh and balanced”.

Overall, he says that 2016 is “a Left Bank year”, noting that “vineyards in the Medoc and Graves – particularly in the north such as St. Estephe and Pauillac – capitalised on swings in the weather”.

In the recent report, Haut Brion was awarded a straight 100 points, joining Mouton Rothschild and Lafite as the wines that appear to have achieved perfection.

Suckling described Haut Brion as a wine that “grabs you by the shoulder and tells you its great”, adding that it “reminds [him] of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style”.

Suckling notes the differences between the 2016 and 2015 vintages but concludes that “2015 may be better overall than 2016, though it [2016] remains one of the best years for fine wines in the last two decades”.

Newly added scores are highlighted.

James Suckling’s report and tasting notes on Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur can be found at www.Jamessuckling.com, with further scores to come.

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