2016 Chateau de Saint-Pey
Remember when great Bordeaux was as rare as it was expensive? When great Bordeaux vintages came around every decade or so? Vintages with the capacity to deliver great Bordeaux from the smallest Chateaux? The kind of great, little Bordeaux any wine lover could buy for a modest price?
The past ten years have seen great Bordeaux vintages in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. As many great vintages as Bordeaux had in the 73 years from 1947 to 2010. Vintages of Bordeaux which are as highly sought after as they are highly priced. Vintages with the capacity to deliver great Bordeaux from the smallest Chateaux. The kind of great, little Bordeaux any wine lover can buy for a modest price. The 2016 Château de Saint-Pey Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is one of those great, little Bordeaux.
Château de Saint-Pey is 20 hectares of vines cared for by two Bordeaux lovers, Frédéric Stévenin and Clarence Grosdidier. The terroir of their vines is classic Saint-Émilion: sand and loam over clay and limestone. And as you might expect of Bordeaux lovers, Frédéric and Clarence have just two objectives for the wines they make: great pleasure, along with great taste.
The best way to describe Frédéric and Clarence’s 2016 Chateau de Saint-Pey is simply great. It has a classic Saint-Émilion Grand Cru cepage of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep, dark ruby robe. It has a powerful bouquet and full body of ripe plum and blackberry, raspberry jam, and dark cocoa. Its tannins are silky and supple.
This is an elegant and generous wine. A textbook Bordeaux from a great vintage of a classic appellation. A great, little Bordeaux any wine lover can buy for a modest price. The question the history of Bordeaux vintages asks isn’t whether you should buy a bottle of the 2016 Château de Saint-Pey, but how many you should buy.
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