The 2016 vintage combines all requisite characteristics for a great vintage: well-balanced flowering giving excellent fertilisation, a summer with a significant lack of water and intense sunshine, and late but balanced ripening. Grapes ripened in sunny conditions with marked thermal amplitudes, favouring the anthocyanin synthesis behind the wine’s deep colour. Water constraints became more moderate as harvest approached, with very little arrested maturity in the driest areas. Château Patache d’Aux’s vineyards were all harvested at optimal maturity with highly promising intrinsic potential. Only the driest areas of the gravel outcrop experienced physiological impact, forcing a harvest deficient in alcohol but with sound skin maturity. The vintage was more marked by climate impacts than terroir, with the quality of otherwise average plots enhanced during this particularly productive, high quality vintage!
From the vine to the glass
Concours Général Agricole de Paris – Médaille d’argent
Andreas Larsson, Tasted – 92 pts
Yves Beck – 91 pts
James Suckling – 91 pts
Vinous – 91 pts