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St-Emilion GCC 2016: Panel tasting results

The 2016 grands crus classés were unsurprisingly impressive: and many of these excellent Right Bank wines are now into their ideal drinking window.

Georgie Hindle, Vincenzo Arnese and Arthur Coggill tasted 59 wines with 11 Outstanding and 41 Highly recommended.

St-Emilion GCC 2016: Panel tasting scores

59 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 11

Highly recommended 41

Recommended 7

Commended 0

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit 2016-vintage wines from St-Emilion at the grand cru classé and premier grand cru classé A and B levels according to the official Classification of 2012. Second wines (grand cru) of the property were also permitted.

Even having anticipated good results from one of the most highly regarded vintages in Bordeaux over the last two decades, all the judges summarised this as an ‘incredible tasting’ with ‘no bad wines’ among those tasted. It’s a testament to the confidence of estates (and their regard for Decanter’s tasting process) that they were happy to send their critically acclaimed, and in some cases extremely expensive wines to be judged blind for one of our panel tastings, and I am so grateful to them that they did.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the St-Emilion GCC 2016 panel tasting

St-Emilion GCC 2016 panel tasting scores

The judges

Georgie Hindle is Decanter’s regional editor for Bordeaux and Burgundy, and editor of Decanter Premium online. She lives in Bordeaux.

Vincenzo Arnese is the newly appointed director of wine at Raffles London at the OWO. Born in Naples, he specialised in sommellerie at hospitality school, then worked at top hotels in Italy, Switzerland and Australia, as well as in London at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.

Arthur Coggill is associate director and fine wine buyer at Goedhuis & Co, Decanter Retailer Awards 2022 Bordeaux Specialist winner. He started in wine at Majestic before moving into fine wine trading in 2010, joining Goedhuis & Co in 2013 and running its sister investment fund Vintage Capital for eight years, before moving solely to buying in 2021.

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