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The Top 10 Bordeaux Wines of the Year!
December 10, 2019

The Top 10 Bordeaux Wines of the Year!


10. 2016 Chateau Plince

Wally's price: $50
92 Points - Wine Advocate

The 2016 Plince is a blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. It has a medium garnet-purple color and offers up scents of red and black currants, black cherries and mulberries with scorched earth, bay leaves and iron ore nuances plus a hint of violets. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with energetic red and black fruits, textured with ripe, rounded tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a compelling mineral note. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

9. 2016 Chateau Vray Croix de Gay

Wally's price: $79
96 Points - Vinous

The 2016 Vray Croix de Gay is deep, sumptuous and opulent to the core. Inky blue/purplish fruit, crme de cassis, mint, sage, lavender and hard candy give the 2016 its sweet, unctuous personality. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 possesses striking detail and nuance. This is an especially flamboyant style, but it all works beautifully. The 2016 has been absolutely fabulous on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

8. 2016 Chateau Belair Monange

Wally's price: $215
95-98 Points - Wine Spectator

This is about as pure a beam of unadulterated cassis and cherry sauce as you can get, beautifully silky in feel and carrying through a very long, refined finish. The chalky echo is there, but it's really tucked away for now. Lilting incense hint in the background too. -James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

7. 2015 Chateau La Dauphine

Wally's price: $27
91-93 Points - Wine Advocate

The 2015 La Dauphine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Having vexed about the 2014 last year, the 2015 is a much "happier" sample, pure and quite elegant with black cherries, blueberry and cassis fruit, the new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp blackberry and bilberry fruit with a healthy sprinkle of white pepper to spice up the finish. This is an excellent Fronsac, although it deserves 4-6 years in bottle. -Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

6. 2015 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion

Wally's price: $549
98 Points - Wine Advocate

The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Youthfully mute with bright, youthful red currants, black raspberries, cassis and freshly crushed blackberries notions, it slowly unfurls to reveal an earthy/minerally undercurrent of damp soil, charcoal, iron ore and truffles plus a waft of violets. Medium to full-bodied, decadently fruited and yet wonderfully elegant with very ripe, very silky tannins, freshness that sits well in the background and an almost electric intensity of vibrant red and black fruit flavors, it finishes long and minerally. Just. Beautiful. Consider giving it 6-7 years in bottle before broaching and drink it over the next 30+. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

5. 2015 Roc de Cambes

Wally's price: $69
92 Points - Vinous

The 2015 Roc de Cambes is dense, powerful and savory in style. Iron, grilled herbs, tobacco and cedar are some of the many notes that give the wine its distinctive feral personality. Energetic and vibrant in the glass, it offers notable intensity in a wild, almost unrestrained style. This especially forbidding, rustic 2015 needs a bit of time to be at its very best; I would give it at least a year or two in bottle to allow the tannins to soften a bit. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Cabernet is especially strong. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

4. 2014 Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte

Wally's price: $89
94 Points - Wine Advocate

The 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte has a fragrant mulberry and strawberry scented bouquet with cedar and subtle undergrowth scents emerging with time. There is something almost Musigny-like here (written as a complement incidentally why not be compared to the greatest Burgundy Grand Cru?). The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and mellow opening. Quite spicy in the mouth with leather-tinged fruit on the open and inviting finish, there is something very approachable about this Smith-Haut-Lafitte, though like the 2014 Pape-Clement, it contains the substance to drink well over 10-15 years. -Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

3. 2012 Chateau Cheval Blanc

Wally's price: $650
94 Points - Wine Advocate

A beautiful wine that always seems to drink well, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a sweet, fragrant nose of black and red currants, floral nuances and spice. Supple, round and juicy, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 or more years. -Robert Parker

2. 2012 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou

Wally's price: $150
94+ Points - Vinous

A big wine for the year, the 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou possesses striking depth and intensity from start to finish. Sweet tobacco, cedar, smoke and savory herb overtones add intrigue to this deep, fleshy Saint-Julien. I imagine the 2012 will age for several decades based on its fruit density. Whether the tannins ever become noble is another question. Still, it is impossible not to admire the wine's pure depth. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

1. 2016 Chateau Trotanoy

Wally's price: $395
99 Points - Wine Advocate

Composed of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Trotanoy is characteristically a little closed at this youthful stage, slowly unfurling to reveal compelling notions of chocolate-covered cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with touches of pencil lead, crushed rocks, underbrush and chargrill plus a fragrant waft of star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and invigorating freshness supporting the densely packed, muscular fruits, finishing very long and mineral laced. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

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