Bordeaux Primeurs 2016
Bordeaux is the largest AOC in France, mainly due to it's terroir and the diversity of the wines. You can find still, sparkling, dry, sweet, white, red...they have it all! And it's not as difficult to understand as some of the other wine regions.
If you have a red wine from Bordeaux it's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. In small portions, Petit Verdot and Malbec may be blended in as well.
If you have a white wine from Bordeaux it's a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
And there you have it!
Now that that's out of the way, a 'Primeur' is a first taste of wines to assess and rate and write about before they are available to the consumer. Most of these wines still need a few more years of aging. But, if no one knows how they taste or are developing, the critics and write about them, the importers/distributors can't place orders...you get it. So, I went to taste the wines, see what was what and then tell you about it.
I'd had a lot of Bordeauxs that I was not pleased with AT ALL. They were just poorly made, not well-balanced, overly oaked...just wrong! This tasting restored my faith in Bordeauxs. And I now know that I really like right-bank, merlot influenced Bordeauxs from Fronsac, Pomerol and Cotes de Bourg. Who knew?! The Cotes de Bourg were my fav of the tasting, think soft structure with subtle red fruit aromas, hints of sweet oak.