“The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines.”
– Antonio Galloni
What more can we say? Everyone is scrambling to get their hands on the best values from this outstanding Bordeaux vintage. And that’s where our man on the ground, Jean-Marc Sauboua, comes in …
He’s good friends with Pascale Peyronie, owner of historic, under-the-radar, Château Tour du Roch-Milon. Her vines perch on the same gravelly ridge as prestigious First Growth Château Mouton Rothschild – in fact, they even share vineyards, and Pascale’s caught Mouton harvesters accidentally taking grapes from her vines(today the stakes are color-coded to avoid confusion).
Back to Jean-Marc: he persuaded Pascale to part ways with a small lot of her silky 2016. An 80/20 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has 12 months in French oak, plus a dose of “juice” from her top-shelf Pauillac release (which starts at $60). The last two releases in a row have scored gold medals from leading wine guide, Gilbert & Gaillard. Look forward to all the same incredible class in her 2016, with its layers of classic cassis and plum, plus notes of cedar and cinnamon-clove.
Considering your pricey alternatives, the caliber of Pascale’s grapes, and the super-high demand for this fantastic vintage, this can be on your dinner table for a remarkable price.
Important: 2017 was France’s smallest harvest since 1945, and that’s made the stellar 2016s all the more desirable to Bordeaux lovers – order soon to be sure of your share.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
The red fruits of this wine dance on the palate. This could use a little time in the bottle, which would make for a great wine to tuck away for a special occasion as it opens up. If poured now, it will hugely benefit from decanting.