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Bordeaux 2016: The Full Monty
16 May 2017

Maybe it was a premature to start thinking about a potential wine of the vintage in February, when we had only tasted a handful of wines. It wasn’t really fair on the countless wines we hadn’t tasted. However, when we were the first ‘foreigners’ to taste the magnificent Montrose 2016, we were smitten. It had the power and authority of the superb 2010, but in a sleeker more refined style. Re-tasting during the primeurs only confirmed our suspicions – this is one very smart Montrose. Alas, at this time we do not have enough stock to offer, however, we can fully endorse the quite excellent second wine, La Dame de Montrose. This is one graceful lady, laced with serious dark fruit and wrapped in cashmere tannins. It is certainly one of if not the most impressive second wines from this high flying second growth, and at £155 per half dozen, it offers tremendous value for a mini-Montrose.

Also released this afternoon is the wonderful Duhart Milon. This was a superb return to form from the Domaines Barons de Rothschild chateau. The 2016 doesn’t possess the same depth and power as the magnificent 2009 and 2010, but what it lacks in that respect it more than makes up for with its ethereal fruit and tannins. This is all about charm and sophistication – a truly ravishing Pauillac.

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