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Jancis Robinson - Saint-Julien

Jancis Robinson - Saint-Julien

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

 

Ch Beychevelle 2016

Dark purple. Light peppery nose. Sweet palate entry with a hint of sweet oak, and then a bit austere on the palate. Lively coconut hint. Falls away on the finish. Competent rather than exciting.

Drink 2025-2040

16.5 

 

Ch Branaire-Ducru 2016

Juicy, savoury nose. Fresh and fine-boned. Could only be bordeaux – tant mieux! Silky texture with some energy.

Drink 2026-2043

17

Ch La Bridane 2016

Dark blackish ruby. Sweet, evolved nose. This seems much less callow than most 2016s. Very winning already but not very obviously St-Julien; less structured. You have to look carefully for the tannins. Big ripe fruit. Maybe just a bit too smooth and low in acid...?

Drink 2020-2026

16

Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou, Croix de Beaucaillou 2016

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Not a second wine but from a particular area in the middle of the AOC. 60% new oak. IPT 78.

Bright, deep crimson. Tastes so dramatic that it’s on the edge – almost camembert notes. Lots of spiciness and glamour and then the oak insists a bit. The new oak is a tad obvious at the moment.

13.44%

Drink 2026-2040

17

Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 100% new oak. Yields were the lowest in the commune: just 37 hl/ha because of poor flowering, esca pruning and selection. Still, 7,500 cases made!

Very dark. Racy and sinewy with lots of richness and energy. Smooth and supple and quite sweet – arguably too sweet? – but with masses of tannins buried down there. Blackberry compote mixed with health juice.

 13.63%

Drink 2026-2046

17

Ch du Glana 2016

Bright crimson. Plump, ripe, purple-fruit nose. Very flattering. Easy peasy. Super-round and bright. Slight sandpaper finish.

Drink 2022-2030

16.5

 

Ch Gloria 2016

Sweet and energetic and very glossy. Just a little austere on the end. Bone dry. Quite demanding. Just not quite enough ripe fruit for the not inconsiderable tannins.

Drink 2024-2038

16.5

Ch Gruaud Larose 2016

Initially there’s a whiff of sweet oak, and then underneath there is the vineyard and real savour. Ripe but not forced. Good stuff with a ‘mineral’ whiff. Not a blockbuster but very well balanced with lovely length.

Drink 2025-2045

17.5

Ch Lagrange, Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2016

Not that concentrated crimson. Light and dry. Respectable and quite dry. Far from heavy. Quite demandingly dry.

Drink 2023-2030

16

Ch Lagrange 2016

Dark purple. Quite high volatile acidity. Big and broad but lacks a bit of precision and focus. A tad scrawny on the end. Was everything ripe enough? Dilute finish.

Drink 2024-2038

16.5

 

 

Ch Lalande Borie 2016

55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. 30% new oak.

Rich and very lively on the nose. Real freshness and raciness. Beautiful wine! Really vibrant and rich. But with masses of energy. Just very slightly dry on the end. But such a charmer! GV

13.66%

Drink 2021-2030

17.5

Ch Langoa Barton 2016

Exceptionally dark purple. Very meaty, concentrated nose with real lift. Lots of graphite and grit. No spare flesh but truly terroir wine. Sinewy. Bone-dry finish. Very much in its own style. But long and precise.

Drink 2027-2045

17.5

Ch Léoville Barton 2016

Dark blackish purple. Less obviously aromatic than Langoa. Tea-leaf notes. Round texture with gloriously ripe tannins. Really a standout Barton. So unusually supple! Yet with masses of tannins underneath. This will surely be one of the vintage’s longer-living wines. Glorious texture and flavour. Utterly minerally dry, but not drying. Very good freshness – much fresher than many of its peers. Real energy.

Drink 2027-2047

18

Ch Léoville Las Cases, La Petite Marquise 2016 

Second vintage. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. 25% new oak.

Racy and bright fruited with a hint of juice and tobacco notes. (Mind you, I’m tasting in a salon reeking of Jean Hubert Delon’s cigars…!) Inky but fresh and precise. Just a little wanting on the very end.

 12.9%

Drink 2022-2028

16.5

Ch Léoville Las Cases, Clos du Marquis 2016 

73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. 55% new oak.

Exotically rich on the nose! I would never have believed I could encounter such richness at this address. Some real life here. Racy and rich and lots of black fruit. Richness but some structure too. Racy.

13.55%

Drink 2023-2040

17

Ch Léoville Las Cases, Le Petit Lion 2016 

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. 40 hl/ha.

Very dark crimson. Sweet and fresh at the same time. Sinewy and round. Lip smacking. Just a little green note on the end. Real lift to this and not quite mouth-filling – just a little austere hole on the end but pretty good!

 13.4%

Drink 2023-2032

16.5

Ch Léoville Las Cases 2016 

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, the result aged in 90% new barrels. IPT 82.

Amazing combination of the stoniness and backbone of traditional Las Cases with extraordinary vitality and energy, all overlaid with fully ripe fruit. Such richness! Round tannins but  the most youthful wine I have yet encountered. Extremely minerally and thrilling. Jean-Hubert Delon bemoans the fact he will not be alive to see it at its peak, and is convinced it will shut down at some point. It is glorious to taste now.

13.6%

Drink 2026-2050

19

Ch Léoville Poyferré, Pavillon de Léoville Poyferré 2016 

Second wine of Moulin Riche and Léoville Poyferré. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc.

Not much nose – light inkiness. Very sweet start and then it starts to tighten on the finish. Just a little meagre.

Drink 2021-2030

16.5- 

Ch Léoville Poyferré 2016 

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Deep purple. Very deep. Really rich and winning. Much more mouth-filling than the other wines from this stable. Really fresh but broad and ripe. Great freshness. Long and beautifully balanced.

13.6%

Drink 2027-2045

18

Ch Moulin Riche 2016 

A quite distinct property from Léoville Poyferré. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot.

Quite rich start and then it’s fresh and tight. Just a bit green on the end but winning beforehand with good ‘minerality’.

Drink 2023-2035

16.5+

Ch Les Ormes 2016

Owned by the Pairault family, so a sister brand to Chx Teynac and Corconnac.

Very dark purplish crimson. Seductively floral notes on the nose. Velvety texture almost hides the super-ripe tannins. A particularly precocious and winning St-Julien. Not for the very long term but it does taste of savoury St-Julien. Superb balance. GV

Drink 2020-2026

16.5

Ch St-Pierre 2016 

Dark purple. Sweet peppery notes on the nose. Very glossy and friendly. Sweet start and then quite chewy. Well put together if a tad inky on the end. Not quite enough density on the finish for perfection.

Drink 2025-2038

17-

Ch Talbot 2016 

Very dark and shiny. Not that intense but very well mannered. Sweet, almost thick, start. Very flattering. If I had to choose one wine to represent the vintage in typical style I might well choose this one – though the hint of heat on the end is a little worrying. Should be rewarding in the end. Great harmony.

Drink 2025-2045

17

Ch Teynac 2016 

Blackish purple. Ferns and forest floor on the cool nose. Fine tannins in abundance as well as freshness. Lifted and straight backed. Lots of Cabernet but enough stuffing in the middle. Dry but not drying finish. Long, serious.

Drink 2021-2028

16.5