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Bordeaux second wines

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The spirit of classified grands crus

In Bordeaux, prestigious estates sell one or two different cuvées aside from their top wine. Second wines generally come from younger vines from the same vineyard than the estate’s premier cuvée, while benefitting from the same care and expertise from the winemaking team behind the classified grands crus. While usually being enjoyable younger than their top label counterparts, these second wines from 2016, the most acclaimed vintage since 2010, are destined for a superb future.

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  1. “The 2016 Brio de Cantenac Brown is rich and dense in the glass, with generous dark fruit, chocolate, leather, licorice, smoke, tobacco and charcoal notes. This sumptuous, bold second wine from Cantenac Brown is a fine choice for drinking now and over the next few years. As with the Grand Vin, the Brio is a decidedly opulent wine.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2026

    V 88

  2. “The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a fabulous second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, lavender, menthol, licorice and cloves give the Petit Haut Lafitte its striking aromatic complexity. Deep, resonant and exquisitely layered, the 2016 is a real joy to taste.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2038

    WA 91-93, WS 90, V 94, JS 92

  3. “The 2016 Clémentin de Pape Clement has a medium to deep garnet-purple color with crushed blackberries, cedar chest and allspice on the nose and new leather, unsmoked cigars and cassis in the background. Medium-bodied and finely crafted, with a good core of delicate black fruits, it has a plush frame and a spicy finish.”
    www.robertparker.com

    Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2035

    WA 90, V 88  

  4. ‘’The brambly forest berries are so enticing and really pitched into perfect ripeness, together with boysenberries and mulberries and a layer of red-flower notes. The palate has a very succulent array of fresh, gently tart and tangy red plums and berries with athletically refined tannins that carry unwavering into the finish.”
    - www.jamessuckling.com

    Drink now or keep until 2028

    WA 89, V 91, JS 94

  5. “Brane-Cantenac's 2016 Baron de Brane is a silky, gracious second wine from Brane-Cantenac that is ideal for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Expressive floral and savory notes add brightness to a core of sweet red berry and plum fruit. The 2016 is delicate and a touch lithe in the glass, with superb balance and tons of sheer immediacy.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2030

    WA 89-91, V 90, JS 92-93

  6. “The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a fabulous second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, lavender, menthol, licorice and cloves give the Petit Haut Lafitte its striking aromatic complexity. Deep, resonant and exquisitely layered, the 2016 is a real joy to taste.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2040

    WA 91-93, WS 90, V 94, JS 92

  7. ‘’The 2016 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. The high percentage of Merlot comes through beautifully in the wine's succulent, racy personality. Raspberry jam, mocha, white flowers, spice and blood orange all race through this succulent second wine from Calon Ségur.”
    - www.jamessuckling.com

    Drink now or keep until 2029

    WA 90, WS 90, V 93, JS 93

  8. " The medium garnet-purple colored 2016 La Parde de Haut-Bailly comes bursting out of the glass with cassis, redcurrant jelly, fragrant earth and dried Provence herbs scents plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy textured and packed with fruit, it delivers a long and mineral-laced finish."
    - www.robertparker.com

    Drink now or keep until 2030

    WA 91, V 91, JS 91

  9. " The 2016 Echo de Lynch Bages is an irresistibly beautiful, racy Pauillac. Sweet floral and spice overtones add brilliant top notes to a core of bright red cherry and plum fruit. Generous, supple and inviting, with silky tannins, the 2016 is going to be ready to deliver considerable pleasure upon release. Today, it is beautiful and alluring."
    - www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2030

    WA 90, WS 92, V 92, JS 93

  10. ‘’A gorgeous second wine, the 2016 La Dame de Montrose is incredibly expressive today. Supple, radiant and inviting, La Dame has all the potential to be an overachiever in this vintage. Today, it is quite open, and, even more importantly, flat-out delicious. In some moments, La Dame is rather nuanced, while at other times it is a bit more potent. It will be interesting to see what aging in bottle brings, but one thing is certain; the 2016 La Dame is a stellar wine.”
    - www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2030

    WA 91, WS 89, V 93, JS 93 

  11. ‘’The 2016 Carmes de Rieussec is absolutely gorgeous. Hints of passion fruit, pineapple and mint all run through this gracious Sauternes. Medium in body, open-knit and accessible, the 2016 is easy to drink and enjoy right now. The 2016 Carmes is an absolutely delicious second wine from Rieussec that emphasizes freshness and immediacy. Residual sugar is relatively modest at 120 grams per liter.’’
    - www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2033

    WA 91, WS 88, V 92, JS 91 

     

  12. ‘’The 2016 Carmes de Rieussec is absolutely gorgeous. Hints of passion fruit, pineapple and mint all run through this gracious Sauternes. Medium in body, open-knit and accessible, the 2016 is easy to drink and enjoy right now. The 2016 Carmes is an absolutely delicious second wine from Rieussec that emphasizes freshness and immediacy. Residual sugar is relatively modest at 120 grams per liter.’’
    - www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2031

    WA 91, WS 88, V 92, JS 91 

     

  13. “The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is an absolutely gorgeous, vivid wine endowed with tremendous aromatic intensity and stunning beauty. Gravel, tobacco, smoke and dark fruit all open up in the glass, but it is the wine's total sense of allure that is most captivating. The Clarence seems to have firmed up a bit following its bottling in June, but that is not at all a bad thing. Today, it is memorable. There is not much more I can add.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2034

    WA 93, WS 93, V 94, JS 94

  14. “The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is soft, gentle and caressing, with silky tannins and a sweet, perfumed bouquet that gives the wine its sensual, inviting personality. Medium in body and gracious, the Carruades will be easy to drink and enjoy upon release. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and floral notes are all laced together in this exquisite Pauillac.”
    www.vinous.com

    Drink now or keep until 2034

    WA 92, WS 93, V 92, JS 93