Superb Second Wines: Bordeaux 2016

2016 is a very high class vintage indeed in Bordeaux. Thibault Pontallier of Château Margaux's words, "an open vintage not a shy one" still ring true. He followed up by saying, "this vintage has it all, it smiled from day one..." and, happily, this quality was to be found at all levels.

The major chateaux' second wines 2016 are one of the high points of the vintage. The seamless ripeness of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2016 has meant the Left Bank seconds have excellent structure and ripeness, while Pomerol was hugely successful, widely critically acclaimed and will be in short supply when mature.