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Debuts From 2016 Bordeaux! “The Versailles of Bordeaux” with Its Dragon Boat Label Delivers The Finest Beychevelle In More Than 80 Years! The Neighboring Gloria Delivers “Serious Quality For The Money.” Plus Sociando-Mallet and the Near Perfect Château Palmer (99-100JS).

“Saint-Julien is the unquestioned star of 2016.” Antonio Galloni

“Frankly, it leaves all the other Beychevelles in recent years standing. This is an electrifying 2016…” Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (96-98WA)

“A super-classic Saint-Julien, [2016] Gloria delivers serious quality for the money…the 2016 Gloria is also one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens readers will come across." Antonio Galloni (95-98AG)

It is the highest rated release in more than eighty years of vintage reviews from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. In 2016, the historic 1446 Chateau Beychevelle with it iconic “Dragon Boat” label delivered what is its finest performance to date! As we have pointed out since we arrived back from Bordeaux in April, in the classic vintage of 2016, Saint-Julien is a region to watch, from the wines of Ducru Beaucaillou to Talbot, all the wines demand serious attention. As Antonio Galloni, and many others have noted, “Saint-Julien is the unquestioned star of 2016,” and in the eyes of Neal Martin, it is Château Beychevelle that is the “most memorable Saint-Julien.” It is undoubtedly due to it being a more restrained Beychevelle that is reflective of this classic vintage. Today, the 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign continues with releases from Beychevelle to Sociando-Mallet to Palmer.

While we are in Saint-Julien, it should be noted that Croix de Beaucaillou (94-95JS) and Langoa Barton (93-96WS) were released today. We would also like to draw your attention to what are easily among the value gems of the vintage, the exceedingly small Château Saint-Pierre (94-96WA) and neighboring Château Gloria (93-96WS) – two wines that overdelivered in 2016 from the exceptional vintage in the little appellation between Pauillac and Margaux. Antonio Galloni calls Gloria “super-classic, delivers serious quality for the money…one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens,” while Neal Martin takes note of the structure of the vintage adding,“one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted.”

Cheers,
Jeff

 

2016-bordeaux-en-primeur

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Sociando Mallet 2016 (750ML)

SKU #421444
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Sociando Mallet 2016 (750ML)
93-94 Points, James Suckling: `Tight and chewy yet polished and beautiful. Medium to full body, a pretty core of fruit within the center palate and a flavorful finish. Better than 2015 and on the same level as the excellent 2014.` 4/17. . 92-94 Points, Neil Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:`The… more >
Bottle Price: $38.99
Case Price: $467.88

La Croix de Beaucaillou 2016 (750ML)

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La Croix de Beaucaillou 2016 (750ML)
94-95 Points, James Suckling: `This is very tight and focused with blackberries, blackcurrants and licorice. Lots of crushed stones, too. Full-bodied, tightly wound and pretty. Exciting second wine from Ducru.` 04/17. . 92-94 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advovate: `The 2016 La Croix de… more >
Bottle Price: $49.99
Case Price: $599.88

Langoa Barton 2016 (94-95JS) (750ML)

SKU #421273
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Langoa Barton 2016 (94-95JS)  (750ML)
94-95 Points, James Suckling: `This is really structured with great depth and power. Full body, chewy tannins, lots of fruit and a tangy, fresh finish. Solid.` 4/17. . 93-96 Points, Wine Spectator: `The fresh blueberry, cherry and black currant flavors give this a wide range, while racy graphite and… more >
Bottle Price: $52.99
Case Price: $635.88

Beychevelle 2016 (750ML)

SKU #421126
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Beychevelle 2016 (750ML)
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first… more >
Bottle Price: $78.99
Case Price: $947.88

Beychevelle 2016 (1.5L)

SKU #421127
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Beychevelle 2016 (1.5L)
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first… more >
Bottle Price: $167.99
Case Price: $1,007.94

Beychevelle 2016 (3L)

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Beychevelle 2016 (3L)
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first… more >
Bottle Price: $339.99
Case Price: $1,019.97

Beychevelle 2016 (6L)

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Beychevelle 2016 (6L)
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first… more >
Bottle Price: $724.99
Case Price: $724.99

Gloria 2016 (750ML)

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Gloria 2016 (750ML)
93-96 Points, Wine Spectator: `Shows a flash of mint before giving way to a torrent of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, pushed by energetic acidity and juicy, brambly grip. Plum cake and anise line the finish, along with a flash of tobacco. Lots going on here.` 4/17. . 93-95 Points, Neal… more >
Bottle Price: $42.99
Case Price: $515.88

Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (750ML)

SKU #421399
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Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (750ML)
99-100 Points, James Suckling: `I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so… more >
Bottle Price: $324.99
Case Price: $3,899.88

Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (375ML)

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Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (375ML)
99-100 Points, James Suckling: `I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so… more >
Bottle Price: $164.99
Case Price: $3,959.76

Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (1.5L)

SKU #421401
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Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (1.5L)
99-100 Points, James Suckling: `I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so… more >
Bottle Price: $664.99
Case Price: $3,989.94

Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (3L)

SKU #421402
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Palmer 2016 (99-100JS) (3L)
99-100 Points, James Suckling: `I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so… more >
Bottle Price: $1,324.99
Case Price: $3,974.97