Having enjoyed excellent climatic conditions that allowed for harvesting at optimum maturity in several regions, the 2016 vintage can be described as truly exceptional! Following in the footsteps of 1928/1929, 1989/1990, 2009/2010, the years 2015/2016 join the ranks of superb duo-vintages. Millésima offers over 250 wines en primeur, making it difficult to choose… Luckily, the Millésima sales team is here to lend you their expert advice and reveal some of their favourites for the 2016 vintage:
Hope and Morgane’s Favourite Wines:
Dame de Montrose 2016 – Medoc
Chateau Montrose is located on a gravelly rump just off the Gironde estuary. The estate covers a completely unified 95-hectare plot of land, a rare find in the Medoc. The vines are planted on small gravel hills, enjoying ideal conditions and excellent sun exposure. The estuary helps regulate extreme changes in temperature and protects the vines from potential frost. The gravel hills are perfect for water drainage. In this region one can find 4 distinct types of soil, which depend on the distance from the estuary. The grape varieties planted here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The vines are, on average, 40 years old.
In 2016, the second wines of the top chateaux rivalled the best grand vins of other estates. The Dame de Montrose offers notes of ripe blackberry and spice, along with fine-grained tannins. An elegant and refined wine.
Chateau de Sales 2016 – Pomerol
Chateau de Sales is the largest estate within the Pomerol appellation, with 47.50 hectares of land. The castle itself was constructed in the 17th century and is wonderfully elegant. The terroir on which the vines of Chateau de Sales are planted is typical of Pomerol – a mix of gravel, sand, clay, and iron. The varietals planted by Bruno de Lambert and his sisters are the following: 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
A lighter style of Pomerol, Chateau de Sales is bursting with ripe fruit. This is very refreshing wine with supple tannins and hints of mushroom.
Chateau Lynch Moussas 2016 – Pauillac
Chateau Lynch-Moussas was constructed as a result of property division in the 18th century. Lynch-Bages was the other half of the Count Lynch’s property. The vineyard covers around 60 hectares and has been under the ownership of the Casteja family since the beginning of the 20th century. The estate of this 5th Classified Growth in Pauillac is planted with Cabernet Sauvingon (75%) and Merlot (25%) on quartz soil. The vines are 35 years old, on average.
Packed with dark fruit flavour, a beautiful structure, and well-integrated tannins, the 2016 Chateau Lynch Moussas is an excellent example of a classic Pauillac.
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Tailored advice and service
The highly qualified and passionate team at Millésima makes it their priority to offer personalized advice and service. Hope Gee and Morgane Renaud have tasted all of the wines that we offer on our site several times. They are ready to share their passion with you and answer any questions you may have. Do not hesitate to contact them by phone at: (+33) 5 57 808 808 or by email at the following addresses: at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com