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2016 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1302657 92-93 points James Suckling

 This is very solid with a beautiful core of blackberry, wet-earth and walnut character. Full body and a long and flavorful finish. One of the best in a long time. Better than 2014?  (4/2017)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This ripe wine is full of great fruit aromas and flavors. The tannins are generous and rich, supported by rounded black-plum and -berry fruits. It should cellar well through the medium term. (RV)  (4/2017)

90 points Decanter

 Heavily extracted yet well made and carefully thought out. Black fruits are joined by liquorice and smoky bacon tinged oak which dominates the palate but is undeniably appealing. It could let the light in a little more but it has succulence and kerb appeal, and I tasted it several times over primeurs week and always found it enjoyable. (JA)  (4/2017)

87-90 points Vinous

 The 2016 Les Grands Chênes is bright, classy and super-polished, with striking energy to its red- and purplish-hued fruits. Grilled herbs, smoke, leather and iron overtones develop in the glass, adding further shades of complexity. The flavors are brisk and finely delineated in this super-expressive Médoc from Bernard Magrez. Les Grands Chênes is often one of the best values in Bordeaux, and the 2016 looks like it will continue that trend. Don't miss it. (AG)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2018 | Send Email
From the vintage that fooled everybody (2012 turned out to be much better than initially assessed), comes this another great value of a wine that is drinking beautifully right now. With a privileged terroir in the Haut-Médoc, this Cru Bourgeois delivers a lot of quality in its 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet fruit on the palate is surely framed by structure, giving it a nice overall balance that it is at the same time classic and modern. Surprised? Don’t be. This one would be a great bottle for those trying out Bordeaux for size.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
One of the bargains of the vintage and an amazing value. This hearty wine has bold fruit and a chewy texture that deftly matches the richness to the strong tannins. Perhaps a bit brash today but should mellow nicely by the time its released. A " must buy" for all bargain hunters.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
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For the low price you get a lot of wine here. I love this wine and we tasted it three times. Toasty, very fruity aromas of blackberry that follow to the palate. So sweet and juicy on the palate you want to drink it now. Good acidity and very round tannins-this wine is NOT overdone like some of the past vintages. Bravo!
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
From the stable of Bernard Magrez, owner of Pape Clement in Pessac-Leognan. This cru bourgeois from the Medoc is made in the signature Magrez style, ripe and forward with a notable generosity of fruit. Very sweet with notes of kirsch and creme de cassis. Good underlying structure with lively acidity and firm tannins.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.