2016 Bordeaux – Clos Fortet, La Mondotte, Le Gay, La Violette, Durfort Vivens

by Edward Richardson

CLOS FOURTET is out at聽拢500 per 6 bottles IB. Now this is really top-quality Saint Emilion. There are all the elements you’d expect in abundance; a聽concentrated smokey nose, a really dense and polished black fruit core, and聽that inimitable mineral undertow which holds it all together. This is an extremely well made wine and the critics all agree. The Wine Spectator called it ‘a beauty in the making‘ and scored it 96-99/100(!). Neal Martin labelled it ‘outstanding‘ and gave it a score to match – 95-97/100. Jane Anson thought it ‘cerebral but sexy…‘ (96/100)

Also from the right bank is聽LA MONDOTTE聽at聽拢1,194 per 6 bottles IB. This is super-concentrated, extremely dense and very tannic. It’s a bit of a blunderbuss of a wine. Nevertheless, there is real purity of fruit here and some will love it’s sheer intensity. James Molesworth of The Wine Spectator certainly did. He scored it 97-100/100(!) and described it as ‘a stunner‘ with ‘a towering display of purity‘ and a ‘jaw-dropping core of fruit‘.

CH脗TEAU LE GAY聽has been released at聽拢522 per 6 bottles IB. This was everything you’d expect –聽creamy, ripe Merlot fruit and typical velvety texture. There’s lots of oak evident at this stage but it will all knit together. Galloni聽gave this 93-96/100 and described it as ‘one of the most compellingly delicious Pomerols of the year‘.

CH脗TEAU LA VIOLETTE聽is also out at 拢1,095 per 6 bottles IB. This is a floral, suave and opulent Pomerol with bags of warm, supple fruit.聽James Molesworth from The Wine Spectator scored it 93-96/100 and described it as ‘exotic juice‘. Jane Anson thought it ‘a great wine‘ and rated it 94/100.

DURFORT VIVENS is out at聽拢277 per 6 bottles IB.聽The revival of this estate is well under way under聽Gonzague Lurton. His move to聽biodynamics and the high proportion of Cabernet in the blend have certainly brought more tension and poise to these wines. The 2016 is a perfect example. It has a lovely weight and boasts notable purity and freshness. Jane Anson scored it 94/100 and commented, ‘I just love this, it has a true sense of forward motion but it is also intense, complex and layered‘.

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