My dream of becoming a wine maker never really featured a top Bordeaux left bank Chateau!
To think that back in the early 90’s would simply be lunacy.
When opportunity comes, you have to grab it!
To make my own Bordeaux wine, supervised by the world-class wine making team at Chateau Lynch-bages is a dream I fulfilled with this ‘Harim Ve Yam’ 2016.
It is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend from some superb sites, 65% of which came from Pauillac with 15% from the northerly St Estephe.
The rest is 15% Merlot and 5% Caberner Franc , both from the right bank.
2016 was a fantastic vintage. Long and very dry summer with just the right amount of rain, mid September to refresh the vines and allow perfect maturity.
Most world leading wine critics gave this vintage top marks. Here in brief is what James Suckling of James Suckling.com said recently:
“What we know for sure is that 2016 is one of the best vintages since 2010. I would rate it ahead of 2000 and 2003, as well as every vintage in the 1990s except 1990 itself. The only vintages better are 2005, 2009, 2010 and perhaps 2015.
As I wrote a few days ago, 2016 is a Left Bank year. Vineyards in the Médoc and Graves – particularly in the north such as St. Estephe and Pauillac – capitalized on swings in the weather from drought conditions in the summer to light rain in mid-September. Wineries using predominantly cabernet sauvignon made the best wines, as they harvested later than more precocious and merlot-based areas.
For those, like me, that find the geeky stuff (i.e. Vineyard sites, soil composition etc) interesting, here is the vineyard breakdown, so you can read all about the individual plots.
80% in total, (65%of which from Pauillac and 15% from St Estephe)
35% L’Enclos – Pauillac
30% Grand Catelie- Pauillac
15% Demi Lune – St Estephe
15% in total, 5% each from superb sites in St Emilion
5% La Rose
5% La Pyramid
5% Les Terrasses
5% La Carriere
18 months in French oak barrique (60% new)