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2016 Bordeaux En-Primeur

2016 Bordeaux En-Primeur

After a slow start, the 2016 Bordeaux campaign is now well underway,  and for the first time this year we are offering the wines online, for those that haven't previously bought En-Primeur, I have attached below a simple explanation of the process.

En-Primeur presents an opportunity to purchase Bordeaux whilst still in barrel. You will receive your wines in two years' time when it is bottled and shipped (May 2019).

Payable now is the cost of the wine. In the spring of 2019 will you will be invoiced for the duty, VAT and shipping costs associated with your purchase.

The advantage of buying En-Primeur is that you are getting the lowest price that the wine is likely ever to sell for. People hoping to buy the wine in two years’ time, when it is released, will most likely have to pay a significantly higher price.

Please see below for our latest Bordeaux offers, some wines have limited stock allocations, we will be in touch once we have confirmed your order with Châteaux.

Vintage Report

Thanks to favourable weather conditions throughout the 2016 growing season, the wines have been widely acknowledged as perhaps the best produced this Century, and there can be no doubt that some exceptionally good wines were made at certain Châteaux, particularly in the communes of St. Julien, St. Estephe & Pauillac.

With this in mind, we have selected, for our Bordeaux en-primeur campaign, only those Châteaux which we feel offer some value in their pricing.

What the critics had to say:

"2016 is unequivocally a great vintage in Bordeaux. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise…..we are looking at a vintage that can send tingles down the spine and back up again. Over twenty years of tasting Bordeaux from barrel at en primeur, this was my most pleasurable tasting experience alongside the 2009." - Neal Martin, the Wine Advocate

“I have so far tasted some absolutely stunning reds (I have even been tempted to give a few scores of 19 out of 20 – virtually unheard-of for me).”– Jancis Robinson

“2016 is an exceptional vintage equal to the exquisite 2015. In some regions like St. Estèphe and the Northern Medoc the wines are even better.”- James Suckling

Our first offers are listed below:

Château Kirwan owner, Yann Schÿler at his historic Margaux estate.

Chateaux Kirwan, Margaux                                       €460 / Dozen

“This is an effortlessly elegant and classy Margaux. Real structure where the tannins hold without being intrusive, close to the 2015 in quality. They have new cellars here, so lots to look forward to over the next decade as they really begin to benefit from the extra precision. Extremely classic Margaux, a great signature of the appellation.”  

93 points Decanter  

Château Langoa Barton, St. Julien                           €536 / Dozen

“The fresh blueberry, cherry and black currant flavours give this a wide range, while racy graphite and a mouth-watering anise streak drive the finish. The fruit is so enticing that you lose track of how solidly built this is through the finish.”

93-96 points Wine Spectator

Owner Jean-Charles Cazes at the Iconic Lynch Bages

Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac                                  €422 / Dozen

“The second wine of Lynch is linear and tight with beautiful blackberry and currant character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and an energetic finish. Super concentrated on the centre palate.”

93-94 points - James Suckling

Château Lynch Moussas, Pauillac                            €404 / Dozen

“This is very dense and intense with lovely intensity and energy. Dense, round and savoury tannins. Another winner from here.”

93-94 points James Suckling

Les Ormes de Pez, Saint Estèphe                             €317 / Dozen

“An impressive bouquet: blackcurrants, boysenberry and crème de cassis, all with very well integrated new oak. There is a lot of panache here, a word perhaps I have not associated with this Saint Estèphe in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a lovely grainy texture, quite pure with lovely blackberry, melted tar and slightly savoury, almost meaty notes. Harmonious right to the end, this is an excellent Les Ormes de Pez that seems to revel in the 2016 vintage. This might be one of the best wines from the estate.”

93-94 points Neal Martin, the Wine Advocate

Please note: All prices quoted are for 12 bottle cases delivered to our bonded warehouse in Dublin. A balance payment will be required in the spring of 2019 to cover excise duty, VAT and shipping costs before the wines will be released.

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