RHW
2016 Bordeaux Futures

2017-06-15

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 Bordeaux Futures are available for purchase. Bordeaux has now experienced back to back outstanding vintages (15’, 16'), and there is a very good chance that 2016 will be remembered as the strongest of the two. For more on the 2016 vintage, please see the bottom of this page for our full report.

Bordeaux wines are sold using a unique system knows as "Futures". In this system, wines are purchased 2 years in advance after a special week of tastings know as "En Primeur". During En Primeur week, the Chateaux showcase barrel samples of their wines to journalists and wine buyers from around the world, and wines are then released for sale over the following months. We purchase futures to secure our allocation of the rarest and best wines of the vintage, and the futures price is generally much lower than the price on release.

Traditionally, Bordeaux futures are sold by the case (12), but at RHW we offer our wines in 3 bottle lots to allow more variety. For any questions on the process of purchasing Bordeaux Futures, or for recommendations, please feel free to email us or visit our staff in store. Our core staff have all traveled to Bordeaux and tasted multiple vintages En Primeur, and we have been participating in the Bordeaux Futures program for over 20 years.

Orders can be placed by emailing shiraz@richmondhillwines.com

Wines are sold in 3 bottle lots and include all taxes and shipping costs.
Payment is due in full before August 31, 2017 (Visa, Mastercard or Cheque)
Wines will be available for pickup in June of 2019.

WA = The Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage tasted by Neil Martin)
2016 RHW Bordeaux Futures Offer
12 Bottle Lots (new) Lot Price (Bottle Price)
Chateau Francs Magnus, Bordeaux Superieur $252 ($21)
     
3 Bottle Lots Lot Price (Bottle Price) WA
Domaine de Cambes, Bordeaux Superieur $195 ($65) 89-91
Domaine de l'Aurage, Cotes de Castillon $156 ($52) 89-91
Chateau Belgrave, Haut-Medoc $162 ($54) 90-92
Chateau Potensac, Medoc $144 ($48) 90-92
La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol $153 ($51) 91-93
Chateau Fourcas Dupre, Listrac $90 ($30) 91-93
Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Francs $93 ($31) 87-89
Chateau Carlmagnus, Fronsac $87 ($29)
Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis $102 ($34)
Chateau Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg $255 ($85)
     
St. Estephe
Chateau Capbern $123 ($41) 90-92
Chateau Calon-Segur - SOLD OUT $426 ($142) 95-97
Chateau Cos D'Estournel $810 ($270) 98-100
La Dame de Montrose $201 ($67) 90-92
Chateau Le Boscq $141 ($47) 91-93
Chateau Lafon Rochet $237 ($79) 91-93
Chateau Montrose $711 ($237) 97-99
Chateau Phelan-Segur $234 ($78) 92-94
     
Pauillac
Chateau Clerc Milon $351 ($117) 92-94
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste $414 ($138) 95-97
Chateau Lafite Rothschild - SOLD OUT $2880 ($960) 96-98
Chateau Lynch Bages $645 ($215) 97-99
Chateau Mouton Rothschild $2490 ($830) 98-100
Chateau Pedesclaux $237 ($79) 93-95
Chateau Pichon-Baron $780 ($260) 96-98
Chateau Pichon-Lalande $810 ($270) 96-98
Chateau Pontet-Canet $741 ($247) 95-97
     
St. Julien
Chateau Beychevelle $390 ($130) 96-98
Chateau Branaire-Ducru $282 ($94) 92-94
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou $945 ($315) 96-98
Chateau Gruaud-Larose $369 ($123) 93-95
Chateau Lagrange $249 ($83) 94-96
Chateau Leoville Barton - SOLD OUT $447 ($149) 93-95
Chateau Leoville Las-Cases $1230 ($410) 98-100
Chateau Leoville Poyferre $465 ($155) 95-97
Chateau Saint Pierre $327 ($109) 94-96
     
Margaux
Chateau Du Tertre $213 ($71) 90-92
Chateau Giscours $318 ($106) 93-95
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery $297 ($99) 94-96
Chateau Margaux $2490 ($830) 97-99
Chateau Palmer $1590 ($530) 95-97
Chateau Rauzan-Segla $414 ($138) 95-97
     
Graves/Pessac-Leognan
Chateau Le Carmes Haut Brion $402 ($134) 95-97
Domaine Chevalier $369 ($123) 94-96
Chateau Haut-Bailly $576 ($192) 96-98
Chateau Haut-Brion $2490 ($830) 97-99
Chateau La Garde $123 ($41) 88-90
Chateau Latour-Martillac $195 ($65)
Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion $195 ($65) 88-91
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion $2070 ($690) 98-100
Chateau Pape-Clement $459 ($153) 95-97
Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte $537 ($179) 96-98
     
Pomerol
Chateau Clinet $498 ($166) 96-98
Clos L'Eglise $498 ($166) 93-95
Chateau La Conseillante $1020 ($340) 96-98
Chateau Gazin $414 ($138) 94-96
Chateau La Pointe $222 ($74) 92-94
Chateau Rouget $264 ($88) 89-91
Vieux Chateau Certan $1290 ($430) 95-97
     
St. Emilion
Chateau Ausone $3450 ($1150) 98-100
Chateau Canon - SOLD OUT $495 ($165) 97-99
Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere $459 ($153) 93-95
Chateau Clos Fourtet $570 ($190) 95-97
Chateau La Clotte $336 ($112) 94-96
Chateau Fleur-Cardinale $222 ($74) 92-94
Chateau Fonbel $114 ($38) 88-90
Chateau Grand-Mayne $222 ($74) 94-96
Chateau Larcis-Ducasse $369 ($123) 93-95
Chateau Pavie-MacQuin $408 ($136) 94-96
Chateau La Tertre Roteboeuf $747 ($249) 96-98
Chateau Troplong-Mondot $705 ($235) 93-96
     
Bordeaux Blanc
Latour Martillac Blanc $177 ($59) 88-90

2016 Bordeaux Vintage Report

We are happy to report that despite a shaky start to the growing season, 2016 will rank among the top 5 vintages of the last two decades. The communes that were outstanding in 16' greatly outnumber the communes that were average or below average. The top performers were St. Estephe, St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Emilion, with very good wines also produced in Pessac, Pomerol and Margaux. The great wines of the vintage are full bodied, structured, intensely coloured and built to age for 20+ years.

The first 6 months of 2016 were extremely wet, with over 700 mm of rain falling between January 1st and June 20th. The Bordelais were preparing for a very disappointing harvest that was at risk of turning into a full blown disaster. The only way the harvest could be salvaged was for the summer to be hot and dry, and luckily that is exactly what happened. Between the end of June and the end of harvest (late October) only 25 mm of rain fell, and the average temperature was well above seasonal. This lengthy heat wave led to a very even ripening period, and the harvest began almost exactly on time (the first white grapes were picked at the beginning of September, and the final red grapes were harvested in the final weeks of October). Because the water reserves were so well supplied by the early season rainfall, the vines were not stressed by the summer heat, and very little over-ripening was reported. This led to wines that have great intensity and flavour, but also moderate alcohol levels (13.5-14.0% on average).

Our opinion of the 2016 vintage is that it is one of the most consistent we have seen across the left and right banks since 1990. The star of 2016 was Cabernet Sauvignon, but some of the greatest wines of the vintage were those that featured perfectly ripened Cabernet Franc and Merlot. One estate that we have been closely monitoring since their outstanding 2013 vintage is Chateau les Carmes Haut Brion in Graves. Les Carmes Haut-Brion once again produced one of the top wines of the vintage. We are also very proud to offer Chateau Le Tertre Rotebouef from St. Emilion for the first time. This iconic 5.7 hectare Grand Cru Classe Chateau has been one of the top performers in Bordeaux since the mid 1980's, and 2016 may be one of their best vintages ever produced.

In addition to the consistency of the major communes of Bordeaux in 2016, we were also extremely impressed by the large amount of great values. A few names that stood out are Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux from Moulis, Chateau Lagrange from St. Julien, and Chateau Le Boscq from St. Estephe. We also highly recommend Chateau Francs Magnus from Bordeaux Superieur ($252/12 bottle lot). Francs Magnus will provide outstanding structure, complexity and longevity at just over $20 per bottle.