2016 La Serre Saint-Emilion
2016 La Serre Saint-Emilion

2016 La Serre Saint-Emilion

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Vinous (Galloni) rates the 2016 vintage the best ever in Saint-Emilion, rivalled only by 1961, saying:

The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines. The word that comes to mind, unfortunately so often overused, is balance. In technical terms, the 2016s boast off the charts tannins that in many cases exceed those of wines from massive vintages such as 2010. And yet, the best 2016s are absolutely harmonious, with the tannins barely perceptible at all. The 2016s also have tremendous energy and bright, acid-driven profiles, with many wines playing more in the red-fruit area of the flavor spectrum. One of the results of the unusual growing season is that alcohols range from 0.5% to 1% lower than what has been the norm in recent years. From a stylistic standpoint, the recent vintage that comes to mind is 2014, also a late-ripening year, but the 2016s have more mid palate depth and greater density. Intuitively, it makes sense that a late-ripening vintage might favor Cabernet Sauvignon, especially given the intense heat of the summer that cause sunburn and overripeness in some of the Merlots. Excellence is highly correlated with quality of site. Specifically, moisture-retentive sites and older vineyards with deeper root systems fared best. Some wines on the Right Bank show a distinctly roasted, overripe character, especially in Merlot, while the intense heat also affected some of the Cabernet Franc. But where conditions were less extreme and where producers were able to cull out lower quality fruit, the wines are simply dazzling. The 2016 Right Bank reds are remarkably polished and sensual.

 Decanter, at 95 points, Vinous and Dunnuck rate this 2016 the best La Serre ever.

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