Last December, during my little tour of Bordeaux to taste the 2014s, I called in on Bruno Rolland at Château Léoville-Las-Cases. Bruno has his finger on the pulse of what happens across all the Delon domaines, not just here in St Julien but also at Château Potensac, up in the Médoc, and on the opposite bank, at Château Nenin, in Pomerol. Here’s what Bruno (pictured below) had to say on the 2016 vintage.
Me: What is 2016 like as a vintage?
Bruno: It is a vintage with good ripeness at harvest, giving us very beautiful raw material, but with a racy structure. The quality is at a very high level. We plan to do the assemblage tomorrow, so we shall know more of the vintage then.
Me: Were there any particular difficulties with the vintage?
Bruno: The young vines had a bit of difficulty in the heat. There was a long period of very dry weather. The old vines did better during this time.
Me: Is it similar to any other recent vintages?
Bruno: I think at Leoville-Las-Cases 2016 is closest to the style of 2006 and 2010.
Me: What sort of style is that?
Bruno: Here at Léoville-Las-Cases the wines have ended up quite powerful, with very firm tannins, but the acidity keeps them fresh.
Me: Sounds good – thanks for your time Bruno.
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