See Jane Anson's en primeur tasting notes for the 2016 Pauillac wines...

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The most famous appellation in the Médoc has delivered some brilliant wines in 2016, although its size means you can’t buy with your eyes closed.

The first growths of Lafite, Latour and Mouton have come up with some of their best-ever wines.

Eric Boissenot, consultant at many top estates in the appellation, says: ‘There is a grace and elegance to the tannins this year that is remarkable.’

But, the 2016 vintage is also an opportunity to buy some great wines from Pauillac all the way down the appellation hierarchy.



The wines

*Dry white wines of Pauillac estates included in this list, but dry whites cannot officially be classed as part of the Pauillac appellation. 

**Click on the wines to see the full tasting note.

Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

This is richly layered with seductively ripe fruit. The quality and texture of the brambled blackberries, cassis and bilberries is striking. There is a sense of lightness and juiciness but also depth and flesh - you can feel the joy of that contrast at every step as the wine stretches…

Points 97
Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

An estate that has been making great leaps forward over recent years, and once again we have a gorgeous Clerc on our hands. This is extremely succulent, with aromatic complexity and a freshness that just bursts out of the glass.

Points 96
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

This has a spicy, almost toasted edge, perfectly balanced depth and a retraction of the tannins through the mid-palate that springs back again on the finish. This vintage sees the addition of 15 new small 80hl stainless steel vats in the cellar, allowing for more precision during fermentation.

Points 94
Château Batailley, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Batailley, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

A tunnel of tannins takes you right through the palate, but it is not fully walled in as with 2010, rather the tannins are pliable and the overall feeling is of well controlled fruit that deepens as you go along. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 12% Merlot and…

Points 93
Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé, 2016

This wine shows notes of charcoal, cassis and blackcurrant bud. It is more restrained than some in the appellation, with a well placed structure and a pleasurable future ahead of it. A Villars-Lurton estate in the process of converting to organic and biodynamic farming methods. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and...

Points 91
Château Fonbadet, Pauillac, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, 2016

Château Fonbadet, Pauillac, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, 2016

A great wine, with well judged extraction that is tight without being rustic. It takes you right up to the edge and could perhaps have let in a little more juice on the finish, but I love the complexity on the nose, the cassis and menthol on the finish and…

Points 91

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