En primeurs 2016

Comments and reviews for our 2016 vintage en primeurs/futures (April 2017).

The 2016 la Dauphine, from the Famille Labrune, has a lifted and quite floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet that opens beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, smooth in texture, tightening up towards the slightly attenuated finish. This will probably require two or three years in bottle but there is good potential here, even if it does not quite excite as much as last year’s 2015.

Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and licorice infuse the La Dauphine. Powerful and deep in all of its dimensions, the 2016 is super-impressive. It’s made in an especially dark, unctuous, concentrated style for the appellation. Tasted two times.

Roger VOSS
This wine is structured, dark and concentrated. With powerful tannins, it is going to be a dense and solidly constructed wine. There is power here in the abundance of rich fruit and spice flavors.

This is extremely structured and dense yet agile and energetic at the same time. Medium to full body, flanked by a linear backbone of tannins. Down on this.

With deep color, you catch the floral, blackberry, licorice and vanilla nose first. The lush textures, freshness and juicy fruits in the finish make this wine already delicious, and it should age for a few years too.

The wine of this imposing estate in Fronsac is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with an alcohol of 14%, and 30% new oak.The vineyard is run according to biodyamic principles. Beautiful aromatic purity here, the nose dark and smoky, with the curranty concentration that define the vintage quite evident. There follows a lovely freshness on the palate, a concentration of pure black cherry and blackcurrant, with a smoky and sooty intensity, lifted by the vibrant acidity of the vintage, with a very supple, low-key backdrop of tannins. This is elegant, pure, smoky and fresh, with some tension and real lift. Very good. (16,5-17,5 / 20)




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