The 2016 vintage was marked by changing climatic conditions, but it resulted in good harvests. In Bordeaux, this vintage is widely reputed to be exceptional, even legendary. Despite disturbing summer droughts, the last rains before the harvest saved the wines of Bordeaux. The harvest was slightly larger than usual, while showing exceptionally high quality. The 2016 Sauternes vintage was very good, with large yields and rich, pure and fresh wines, with an emphasis on sweet fruit.
In Burgundy, the 2016 vintage faced the worst frost since 1981. However, paradoxically, it is considered a good vintage with surprising wines, although rare due to poor harvests.
As for the Rhône Valley, the 2016 vintage was brilliant, following on from the success of the much-vaunted 2015 vintage. While the 2015 vintage was often associated with the northern Rhône, 2016 seems to belong more to the south. However, both the north and the south produced intensely fruity and concentrated wines, thus offering a wide choice of high quality reds and whites.
The champagne had a difficult 2016 vintage, but the quality was good without being excellent. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier did well, but some of the Chardonnay did not mature evenly.
In Bordeaux, the most successful reds come mainly from the Left Bank (Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien, Pauillac) and the Right Bank (Pomerol, Saint-Émilion). They are characterized by intense purity, elegance and persistent freshness despite the tannins.
Red Burgundy wines are rich, ripe and well-balanced, while whites have suffered the most from frosts, making wine production difficult for many producers. Despite these difficult weather conditions, the results obtained were generally very successful.
The red wines of the Rhone Valley are good. The whites themselves are secondary except for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, which presents very successful wines with good maturities.
In Champagne, the wines offer good fruit and good acidity. Some of the best Blanc de Noirs may have a higher aging potential than Blanc de Blancs.
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