Chateau Bel Air la Royere 2016 from Blaye in Bordeaux
Merlot/Malbec, 65/35. In my experience the reputations of Bordeaux's vintage 2015 and 2016 sometimes appear to be the wrong way round. 2015 was judged by the critics to be a year of outrageous intensity and ripeness but my own personal experience has been that it was actually a year of power - yes - but also delightful finesse (with alcohol levels sometimes as low as 12.5% in reds), while it was 2016 (dubbed a year of classical beauty by the critics) that was really the year of outright and often outrageous red wine power, and this is exactly what we see in the Château de BLR 2016, a high octane red that delivers knock-out blows of billowing fruit perfume and heavy hitting structure, full-bodied and domineering. If you want a big wine of depth and longevity, this is it. Drink now to 2035.