Yesterday, James Molesworth released the first of his 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur scores.
In a previous report, Molesworth says that “in 2016, the entire region was given a chance by Mother Nature to perform well and yields were normal”. Adding that “the pieces are in place for the best year since 2010, though I am not putting anything right next to that true benchmark just yet”.
He continues that “Bordeaux has reversed its recent trend line. Vintages ’11, ’12, and ’13 took the region down a few pegs after the highs of 2009 and ’10. But with a very solid 2014 and potentially even better ’15, things are looking up. And here comes 2016, perhaps even better still.”
Molesworth’s latest report contains scores for the 43 highest-rated Bordeaux reds that showed best in barrel samples.
The top spots were awarded to Ducru Beaucaillou, Leoville Las Cases, Mondotte and Pavie. All these wines received scores of 97-100.
This 2016 vintage of Leoville Las Cases scored significantly more than the 2015 vintage (94-97). Molesworth described the wine as “focused and ridiculously long”.
Molesworth’s top 15 scores can be found below.
For more on 2016 En Primeur and to compare other critics’ scores, click here.
All offical wine ratings for Wine Spectaor are tasted blind. James Molesworth’s full tasting notes on Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur and information on tastings can be found at WineSpectator.com.