“Following 2015, the 2016 growing season has provided Bordeaux with its first excellent back-to-back crops since 2009 and 2010,”says Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth.
And we’re here to give you a taste of this blockbuster vintage, with this gold-medal Merlot blend from Château du Prieur, nestled in the heart of Bordeaux, just five miles from the medieval town of Saint-Emilion (home to some of the region’s finest wines).
It’s run by father-son team Didier and Arnaud Merit, the grandson and great-grandson of the château’s founder, Emmanuel Merit. Their sunny, south-facing slopes yield beautifully ripe grapes – Merlot lends lush, black plum character, Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine structure and classic hints of earthy black currant and Cabernet Franc adds an inviting, violet-tinged lift.
Made in a smooth, easy-drinking, meant-to-be-enjoyed-young style, Château du Prieur has won gold medals from France’s prestigious Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide, and the 2016 release proudly sports gold from the Catavinum Wine & Spirits Competition. Pour with roast chicken or beef, hearty casseroles and more. (Just be sure to snag your share soon to avoid missing out on this terrific year.)