There is a lot to like with 2007 Beaucastel. It’s complex, earthy, spicy and sensuous, with ripe fruit that tastes ad feels great. Plus, it’s ready to drink!
While not at the same level of the more, recent, exalted vintages for the sweet, wine of Bordeaux, there are several good wines with looking at in 2016.
There are years when the white Bordeaux wine outperforms the red wines for example, most recently, 2013, 2011 and 2007. 2016 is not going to one of those vintages. That does not mean one should overlook some of these wines, as they can offer near term, delicious drinking.
2016 St. Emilion produced a bevy of great wines, especially from select, water retentive terroirs with pure fruits, silky tannins, exotic textures and due to lower alcohol levels, freshness. Some vineyards were obviously more successful than others. At the top, these are some of the best wines the appellation has even seen!
The mark of all great vintages isn’t just when the top wines score big, it is when the small wines, the petit chateaux produce wines offering quality, character, value and consumer friendly prices. 2016 Bordeaux is loaded with delicious, Bordeaux value wines.
Frost decimated parts of Bordeaux. Growers report up to 90% of their potential 2017 crop destroyed. This is heart breakng and it can effect 2016 pricing too.