2016 started with an atypical winter, mild temperatures and a lot of rain. Spring continued on the same path with more rain. On the physiological side, 2016 is an early year: budding started last week of March for Merlots. The rain and the relative spring freshness delayed the flowering that began around June 2nd-5th. Then, the rain stopped sharply at the end of June. The 2016 summer is the driest we have known for more than 40 years! Signs of water stress were observed on some plots of young vines and the grapes changed colour quite slowly. The 50 mm rainfall of September 13th favored the maturation of the berries. Paradoxically despite the summer drought, the 2016 harvest started quite late on September 27th. The great weather conditions allowed us to wait for the right moment in order to pick beautiful and healthy grapes. Unfortunately, the yields are down about 15% compared to last year.
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2016 is a powerful and well-balanced vintage, with aromas of violet and spices on the nose, a fresh and greedy mouthfeel with roasted notes and a very nice length.
James Sucking 91-92
The Wine Enthusiast 89 88–90. Barrel Sample. This wine is firm and structured, with dry tannins. The base of full-bodied plum fruits rescues the dryness. Try it after 2025.
The Wine Advocate 85-87 The 2014 La Garricq offers attractive blackberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin and this just feels a little attenuated towards the finish when I would be looking for more depth.
Jean-Marc Quarin 14.75
Yves Beck 87-89 Dégusté le 16.03.17 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot Rouge rubis aux reflets violets. Notes de distillation., chaleureux, brûlant.. Notes de sapins et de chocolat, cacao. Graphite. Attaque fruitée, suave. Tannins parfaitement intégrés. Structure en retrait. Un vin séduisant que l’on pourra déjà apprécier...
Gault Millau 15/16,5 Fruits noirs bien murs. Bouche tendue, fraiche, du volume certes avec un ensemble structurant et des tanins veloutés.
Bettane et Desseauve 92 Nez parfaitement épanoui et flatteur, bouche harmonieuse, avec beaucoup de fruit, des tannins mûrs et frais et une grande allonge. Du caractère.
Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
Petit Verdot 10%