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Jancis Robinson - Margaux, Moulis & Listrac

Jancis Robinson - Margaux, Moulis & Listrac

Jancis sampled in excess of 600 wines and her detailed vintage assessment (per appellation) can be found on her excellent website, which we highly recommend (and not only for Bordeaux).

More scores by Jancis


Margaux


Ch Angludet 2016

Dark crimson. Some sweetness and slightly simple fruity aromas. Some silky quality and the merest hint of less-than-perfectly-ripe fruit. Pretty and unforced but not top drawer. A bit stringy on the end.

Drink 2025-2040

16.5

Ch d'Arsac 2016

First sample tasted in London: Rather luscious. Very slightly tired sample on the nose. Lacks a bit of drive but I suspect it's the sample at fault not the wine.

Second sample tasted in Bordeaux: Smudgy crimson. Broad start and then pretty inky and pinched on the finish.

Drink 2022-2030

16

Ch Boyd-Cantenac 2016

Very dense glowing crimson. Rather farmyard aromas - are we in Chianti Classico? Masses of extraction and slightly syrupy texture but not enough freshness. Out of balance.

Drink 2025-2037

16

Ch Brane-Cantenac 2016

Dark purplish crimson. Neat, unforced, smells fully ripe. Salty finish and a fine spread across the palate. Bone dry, but not too drying, finish. Cool, unforced and sophisticated. Very competent indeed.

Drink 2026-2044

17

Ch Cantenac Brown 2016

Dark crimson. Relatively high VA. Thick and sweet but with a green edge. Not the most generous nor the ripest Margaux. Falls away pretty suddenly on the palate. An attempt at glamour certainly.

Drink 2025-2040

16+

Ch Charmant 2016

Pretty skinny and tight without much breadth of ripe fruit. Pinched finish.

Drink 2022-2029

16

Ch Dauzac 2016

Very deep purple. Some sweet coconutty oak in evidence, which I find a bit off-putting. Then a bit green on the finish. Evidence of some make-up here? Not a comfortable whole.

Drink 2026-2038

16

Ch Desmirail 2016

Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Very sweet, almost chocolatey oak (like the old Tertre nose). Really nice texture and pace on the palate though. Provided you don't have anything against that aroma, you could take a lot of pleasure from this wine.

Drink 2025-2043

16.5

Ch Deyrem Valentin 2016

Light and round with lots of immediate appeal. Not that complex but everything is in the right proportion. Long.

Drink 2021-2032

16.5+

Ch Durfort-Vivens 2016

Dark purple. Very wild cocktail of aromas. Real lift and freshness. Racy and very distinctive. There is certainly full ripeness but a more delicate touch than most. Good length. Transparency and undertow. A way ahead?

Drink 2026-2043

17.5

Ch Ferrière 2016

Light, toasty nose. Lively and very Margaux. Unforced. Even a bit delicate. Just a tad drying on the end, and far from the most concentrated, but overall quite a pleasure.

Drink 2024-2040

17-

Ch Giscours 2016

Glowing purple. Concentrated and sappy - real energy here. Glossy and fresh. Really exuberant. Perhaps not one of the most earnestly fashioned for the very long term but a real crowd-pleaser.

Drink 2024-2040

17

Ch La Gurgue 2016

Mid crimson. Lightish in weight but quite luscious in terms of ripeness. Floral top note. Pretty and Margaux with a light touch even if not that dramatic.

Drink 2024-2034

16.5

Ch Haut Breton Larigaudière 2016

A De Mour property. In the process of dropping the L word from its rather cumbersome name. Lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and some Petit Verdot.

Polished nose and a little sharp in terms of acidity on the palate. Drying finish. In the UK this wine is sold to Handford.

Drink 2025-2037

16

Ch Haut Breton Larigaudière, Le Créateur 2016

Dark purple. Sweet, floral notes on the nose make me think of Merlot though apparently this cuvée of particularly senior vines is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It certainly has Margaux elegance and the fruit is just rising above the oak even at this early stage. Should mature nicely and please those who see a refreshing finish as a sine qua non. Grown-up wine. I wonder whether it would not be even greater with just a little bit of Merlot flesh?

Drink 2021-2030

16.5

Ch d'Issan, Blason d'Issan 2016

Fresh and penetrating aroma. Luscious texture. Doesn’t taste like a second wine! Just a little stodgy on the finish.

Drink 2020-2026

16.5

Ch d'Issan 2016

Mid crimson. Vigorous nose. Round texture and really rather admirably relaxed. Certainly not sweet. Quite long.

Drink 2025-2040

17+

Ch Kirwan 2016

Dark purplish crimson. Some freshness on the nose with a hint of ink and pencils. A certain 'mineral' scent. A very slight green note but not bad at all, and certainly not forced. Real Margaux charm. Lift and pleasure in a dry idiom.

Drink 2026-2042

17-

Ch Labégorce 2016

Very scented. Maybe slightly tarty but it delivers lots of flashy fruit. It does seem almost too sweet to me and the oak is not yet fully integrated.

Drink 2024-2038

16.5

Ch Lascombes 2016

Dark blackish purple. I'd hate to be given this blind. It's pure Napa Valley! So sweet! So concentrated! Not really Margaux but a mouthful of concentration, certainly. Drying finish with a slight suggestion of something underripe on the very end. Extremely different from most of its neighbours but the style will definitely appeal to some palates. Just goes a bit dead on the end.

Drink 2025-2040

16.5

Ch Malescot St-Exupéry 2016

Quite gamey and savoury on the nose. Then rather strung out and austere on the palate. Doesn’t hang together. This bottle anyway is a disappointment in the context of the vintage. Austere.

Drink 2024-2034

15.5

Ch Margaux, Pavillon Rouge 2016

Very strict selection (only 28% went into their grand vin cf 35% in 2015). 26% went into Pavillon, 20% into the third wine, and 20% sold off in bulk. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

Quite bright cherry red rather than deep crimson. Great quality sandy tannins. Really zesty. But light and very aérien. Really lifted.

Drink 2022-2032

16.5++

Ch Margaux 2016

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a little bit of Petit Verdot. pH 3.6 (cf pH 3.65 in 2015).

Sweet rich start and then very fresh. Seems a little bit marked by oak at the moment. Sinewy. Hint of chocolate - just like Palmer! Slightly drying tannins. Sandpaper on the end.

 13%

Drink 2027-2045

17.5

Ch Marojallia 2016

Blackish crimson. Sweet and loose with a damp webbing flavour. A bit sour and drying on the end. Dramatic but not very user-friendly.

Drink 2024-2032

16

Ch Marojallia, Clos Margalaine 2016

Exceptionally dark, blackish purple. Very opulent nose but with spice and intrigue too. Sort of cordite fireworks scent but very severe, tough tannins. Not remotely ready. Clearly an extremely ambitious wine but not fun to drink. A bit like a fermented liquid in which cinders had been macerated. No follow-through.

Drink 2021-2027

15.5

Ch Marquis d'Alesme Becker 2016

Aromatic and fresh with lovely texture and integrity. Very firm spine. Lots of excitement. Well done.

Drink 2024-2040

17

Ch Marquis de Terme 2016

A little sweaty on the nose. Round and easy on the palate. And then pretty chewy and drying. Not a runaway success.

Drink 2024-2039

16.5

Ch Mille Roses 2016

Lightly sweet on the nose. Just a little stewed and rhubarby. Flattering for early drinking.

Drink 2022-2028

16

Ch Monbrison 2016

Dark purple. Ripe sweet black fruits. But then it falls away into something really rather insignificant. Lots of green notes.

Drink 2023-2032

15.5

Ch Montgravey 2016

Very dark crimson. Attractively dusty nose. Then very juicy on the palate. Fairly forward.

Drink 2020-2027

16

Ch Palmer, Alter Ego de Palmer 2016

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot.

Very bright dark glossy crimson. Very rich and sweet and approachable. Round and fresh. Meaty. Very, very sweet start and then chewy. Lots going on here but not that much tannin, much less than in most other 2016s. Very juicy.

 13%

Drink 2022-2030

16.5

Ch Palmer 2016

47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. No sulphur dioxide until after MLF.

Very dark, velvety look - really bright. Complex and energetic. Not simple and sweet but quite a step change. Feels a little transitional because it's so different and more energetic than the old style. 65% new oak, as always, but the wine can absorb it better. Some bitter chocolate. Lots of sweetness. Energy and freshness.

Drink 2025-2045

17.5+

Ch Prieuré-Lichine 2016

Rather a sumptuous alluring nose. Mild and sweet on the palate without great drive, but inoffensive certainly. No great length.

Drink 2024-2036

16.5

Ch Rauzan-Gassies 2016

Unusually dark for this property. Smells of light blackberry juice. Not emphatic but certainly not disastrous. Almost ripe enough. Doesn't seem especially concentrated. Inconsequential.

Drink 2023-2032

16.5

Ch Rauzan-Ségla 2016

Really lifted, savoury nose. Well mannered. Nothing out of step. Could do with a bit more acidity and drive? A bit too diplomatic on the palate?

 Drink 2025-2045

17

Ch Siran 2016

Dark purple. Some excitement and risk on the nose here. Nicely Margaux but pretty intense. Sweet start but enough freshness. Not the most concentrated but nicely judged.

Drink 2023-2040

17-

Ch du Tertre 2016

Dark with the usual sweet oak nose. Just a little dead on the palate. Round and very well worked tannins but just a little short of freshness.

Drink 2023-2040

16.5+

Ch La Tour de Bessan 2016

Mid to dark crimson. Fresh, solid nose. Ripe fruit but not that much structure. Just a tad stringy.

Drink 2020-2027

15.5


Moulis


Ch Branas Grand Poujeaux 2016

Perfumed and quite rich. Lots of energy and focus. Should be rewarding. GV

Drink 2022-2032

16.5

Ch Chasse-Spleen 2016

Dark crimson. Scented and rather voluptuous. Not forced. Medium weight. Very classic. Pimento and satin somehow! Bone dry. Tannins maybe just a tad too much? Just slightly sour on the rather sudden end.

Drink 2023-2032

16

Ch Duplessis 2016

68% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

Dark, rather muddy crimson. Just fresh enough on the nose and rather winning in the short to medium term with fine tannins on the end. Not luscious but correct with a certain inkiness on the end.

Drink 2019-2024

16

Ch Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2016

Mid crimson. Clean, fresh and minerally on the nose. Very sweet (almost syrupy) palate entry. But very confident and fresh. Bravo! Should be racy and refreshing over the years to come. One to watch.

Drink 2022-2032

16.5

Ch Maucaillou 2016

Pungent tarmacadam nose. Very dry and slightly hollow palate. Not quite enough flesh.

Drink 2023-2030

16

Ch Mauvesin Barton 2016

Very neat and polished without being at all forced. Classic stuff - Barton Lite-ish. Very nice top-quality oak influence and a bone-dry finish. Lots of energy here.

Drink 2022-2032

16.5+

Ch Moulin à Vent 2016

69% Merlot , 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Dark crimson. Smells a bit unappetisingly overripe and tastes sweet and sour with salive-sucking tannins but without a real core of fruit. Shame.

Drink 2020-2023

15

Ch La Mouline 2016

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.

Light to mid crimson. Well balanced, rather ‘damp webbing’ nose. A little light and loose. Lots of ripe Merlot in evidence and a hint of sweet oak. Not much oomph or concentration. Just a little low key with a stringy finish.

Drink 2019-2023

15.5


Listrac


Ch Cap Léon Veyrin 2016

Very dark purple. Juicy and savoury – a nice whole on the nose though it lacks a bit of drive and freshness on the palate. Something buttery about this.

Drink 2023-2033

16

Ch Clarke 2016

Deep purplish crimson. Just a little hint of green on the nose. Then a little bit of sandpaper. Pretty austere on the end. Not unalloyed joy. But it does have nice persistence.

Drink 2024-2032

15.5

Ch Donissan 2016

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot.

Dark purplish crimson. Lots of Cabernet evident on the nose and real structure on the palate. A little strict with good freshness if a slight lack of flesh. Difficult to believe this is 60% Merlot. Ambitious but not charming.

Drink 2021-2029

16

Ch Fonréaud 2016

Deep crimson. Rather gorgeously ripe and glossy on the nose. Very sweet black fruits on the palate followed by really quite a charge of ripe tannin. Maybe not the longest-laster, but overall well done! A delicate touch.

Drink 2025-2038

17

Ch Fourcas Dupré 2016

Bright, mid crimson. Some pepperiness and real drive on the nose. Not the most concentrated wine, with quite marked acidity as well as light tannins at the moment. Very sandy finish. Competent rather than thrilling.

Drink 2021-2032

16

Ch Fourcas Hosten 2016

Slightly weak rim on deep crimson. Interesting nose with a real undertow of sophistication (top-quality oak?). Then it's a tad severe on the palate and drying on the end. Lots of effort…

Drink 2024-2036

16

Ch Lestage 2016

Dark rich crimson fruits. A bit loose and simple. Aggressively sour finish.

Drink 2021-2029

15.5

Ch Liouner 2016

Dark purplish crimson. Discreet, lightly sandalwood nose. Seriously luscious palate and bone dry on the end. Relatively youthful. Sandy tannins and well balanced. A certain stoniness on the end. Very successful.

Drink 2021-2028

16.5