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Wine Advocate's 2016 Bordeaux to Buy

“I examined the release prices of 2016s, took a peek at prices of recent vintages and came up with a list of wines that I would buy. Readers should note that the real bargains are probably at the Cru Bourgeois level or satellite Right Bank appellations. The problem is that many are not actually sold en primeur or they are sold directly to distributors, which means I do not have access to price information. You will notice that there are wines that I praised from barrel but do not appear below, either because their price increase made them less attractive vis-à-vis another or simply by limiting myself to a dozen names. One observation is that the long list contained a majority of wines from the Left Bank. This might be explained by greater price inflation on the Right Bank, which is nothing new. Estates are generally smaller in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol and therefore have less risk of unsold stock if they choose to pursue a much higher price.” - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate