Comments: Bruno Borie
“2016? I would describe it as a biblical vintage. We first of all experienced the flood with a sodden spring, then the plagues of Egypt with much disease (mildew and grey rot) and of course afterwards we had to cross the desert with the drought. Only 22mm of rain in the months of July and August. And then – the promised land, the more we got closer to Jerusalem, the more beautiful it became. On September 14th the holy water came with 30-31mm of salvational rain. It took a bit of time to dry but there was no danger from disease. On September 24th and 25th we harvested the merlot and from October 7th-14th the cabernets and petits verdots – all incredibly consistent believe me! The beneficial weather allowed us to attain the best possible point of maturity. Not since 2003 have I seen such superb grapes, ripe but balanced with an excellent acidity.
In Bordeaux we can say that the vintage was generally very successful. Today we are all travelling in the same direction and are reaping the rewards. How can we not rejoice?”