Bordeaux 2016: Malescot St Exupery, Lagrange, Phelan Segur and Le Dome

Bordeaux 2016: Malescot St Exupery, Lagrange, Phelan Segur and Le Dome
Calon Segur came and went in a flash. We could have sold our allocation several times over. Well done if you were one of the lucky few who got a case…

The exquisite 2015 Malescot St Exupery has been backed up with an equally ravishing 2016. At £505 per dozen, it’s a bit of a jump from last year’s release price, but it still a snip compared to similar quality vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010. With 98-99 points from James Suckling, this is one of the highest scoring wines of the Margaux commune.

Chateau Lagrange, which has by all accounts been severely damaged by the 2017 frosts, has released its 2016 at £420 per dozen. This is the highest scoring Lagrange we can remember with 94-96 points from Neal Martin and 95-96 points from James Suckling.

‘The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced. Drink 2025 - 2060. 94-96/100’. - Neal Martin,

Concluding our roundup we have Phelan Segur at £395 per dozen, and over on the right bank, Jonathan Maltus has released his flagship, Le Dome at £1200 per dozen.