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Since their appearance during the bottling process, the tastings and rankings of the 2016 Bordeaux wines have been progressing well. As expected, the reviews' notes and comments are formidable, confirming - and even exceeding - the promises announced in future.

Revue du Vin de France kicked off last September with a partial tasting of « Vintage 2016 - Let them age, they will become legendary » with three wines rated 20/20: Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Pontet-Canet.

On the website, Antonio Galloni put his complete tasting of all the 2016 red and white Bordeaux wines online in January, i.e. more than 600 wines. He does not hide his enthusiasm « The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage ».

We do not have enough space to quote in full the 76 wines that have obtained a score equal to or higher than 95/100 but here are the scores of those that we are proposing now or in the future by next March in our columns:

- 100/100 : Haut-Brion red (next March), Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande (next March)
-   99/100 : Pontet-Canet
-   98/100 : Cheval-Blanc (next March), Angélus, L'Église-Clinet (next March), Smith-Haut-Lafitte red
-   97/100 : Haut-Bailly, La Mission Haut-Brion red, Clos Fourtet, Domaine de Chevalier red (next March), La Mondotte, Léoville-Poyferré (next March), Suduiraut (next March)
-   96/100 : Canon-La Gaffelière, Gloria, L'Évangile, Lynch-Bages, Léoville-Barton (next March), Pape-Clément red (next March), Pichon-Baron, Prieuré-Lichine, Troplong-Mondot
-   95/100 : Cos d'Estournel (next March), Grand-Puy-Lacoste (next March), Petit-Gravet Aîné, Rieussec (next March)

Still on, Neal Martin posted the following week his own tasting of the 2016 Bordeaux wines after the bet, more than 550 wines, with a commentary in unison « Let’s cut to the chase: 2016 is a fantastic, sublime and at times entrancing vintage. For once, the frothing hype that presaged en primeur was justified. The 2016 vintage already feels haloed. The promise that was so palpable in barrel remains ».

Among the 53 vintages he notes 95/100 and more, you will find in our columns:

- 100/100 : Cos d'Estournel (next March)
-   99/100 : Haut-Brion red (next March), La Mission Haut-Brion red
-   98/100 : Cheval-Blanc (next March), L'Église-Clinet (next March)
-   97/100 : Canon (next March), Haut-Bailly, Lynch-Bages, Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande (next March), Smith-Haut-Lafitte red
-   96/100 : Angélus, Beychevelle, Clos Fourtet, Léoville-Poyferré (next March), Pape-Clément red (next March), Pichon-Baron, Pontet-Canet
-   95/100 : Domaine de Chevalier red (next March), Grand-Puy-Lacoste (next March), Léoville-Barton (next March), Malartic-Lagravière red, Smith-Haut-Lafitte white (next March)

Great wines rating in 2018


The worldwide craze for great wines continued in 2018.

Thus, the global platform for the exchange of fine wines Liv-ex (London International Vintners exchange) has just delivered, like a stock exchange, the 2018 balance sheet of its various indices:

• 35% increase for the Burgundy 150 index
• 21% increase for the California 50 index
•   8% increase for the Bordeaux Legends 50 index
•   8% increase for the Champagne 50 index
•   7% increase for the Rhône 100 index
•   4% increase for the Italy 100 index
•   3% increase for the Porto 50 index

While the Dow Jones 30 and CAC 40 stock market indices lost -6% and -11% respectively in 2018.

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The bestiary expands


The following is strictly authentic:

An honourable Chinese recent owner of several Bordeaux wines has renamed them under names that are at the very least imaginative:

- we no longer say Château Larteau (Bordeaux red) but Château Lapin Impérial (Imperial Rabbit)

- we no longer say Château Tour Saint-Pierre (Saint-Émilion) but Château Lapin d'Or (Golden Rabbit)

- we no longer say Château Clos Bel-Air (Pomerol) but Château Grande Antilope (Great Antelope)

- we no longer say Château Sénilhac (Haut-Médoc) but Château Antilope Tibétaine (Tibetan Antelope)

For the moment, a draw between the rabbits and the antelopes, but still beaten by a little sheep (Petit Mouton) and a white horse (Cheval Blanc)...

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