About Chateau Le Boscq 2016 Saint Estephe, Cru Bourgeois
Classified in 2020 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Château Le Boscq is a Grand Saint-Estèphe with an elegant character, harmoniously combining the power of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Petit Verdot with the finesse of Merlot. The vineyard of Château Le Boscq produces great typical red wines, which elegantly combine the power of Saint-Estèphe with an unusual finesse.
Château Le Boscq, owned by Vignobles Dourthe, has one of the most beautiful exhibitions in Saint-Estèphe. Its exceptional terroir culminating at 18 meters and its hillside of gravel mixed with clay runs in front of the largest estuary in Europe: the Gironde. Like the greatest classic properties of the Médoc, Le Boscq is on the front line and benefits from a saving microclimate.
This 2016 (a 98 Pt Vintage) has received a plethora of critical acclaim, and with extremely good reason. Just take a look at what ALL of the experts have to say!
93 points Wine Advocate
'The 2016 Le Boscq, owned by Vignobles Dourthe, is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot and was picked 29 September until 20 October. This represents a move towards Cabernet Sauvignon and away from Merlot in the final blend. It has a very ripe, opulent bouquet that does not quite convey its terroir with the same aplomb as say, the Phelan-Ségur. It translates more of the winemaking than the terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, crisp acidity and quite an elegant finish. It is in the second half of this wine that the quality of the vintage shows through. Hopefully the aromatics will gain more composure and it will live up to the finish it currently displays. One to watch.'
93 points James Suckling
'Wonderful aromas of crushed, fresh flowers and berries. Fantastic. Full body and round, velvety tannins. Deep and glorious. This delivers way above its price level.'
93 points Decanter
'Again you see the step up between vintages - the 2014 of this wine was good quality but here you have greater depth of expression, blackberry fruits laced with mint leaf and bitter dark cocoa. Tight on the finish, tannins still fairly fierce even with four hours opening (no carafe). Character, personality and punch.'
92 points Wine Enthusiast
'This is a dense wine, packed with tannins. However this youthful concentration does not mask the bold black fruits and good acidity that are also very present. The vineyard surrounds a 19th-century chateau on a high point in Saint-Estèphe. Drink this intense wine from 2024.'
92 points Decanter
'This is good quality, creamy in texture with ripe fruit that feels ready to drink now but should also age for at least another decade. One of my favourites of this line-up, not hugely concentrated but elegant and highly enjoyable. Carries the vintage well.'
92 points Jeb Dunnuck
'The 2016 Château Le Boscq a rock star of a Saint-Estephe and offers a concentrated, textured, perfectly balanced profile that’s very much in the style of the vintage. Liquid violets, mint, spring flowers, and blue fruit characteristics all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort. It has present tannins, yet they’re integrated and polished, and it’s already accessible given its purity and, again, its balance. It should keep for 20 years or so.'
91 points Wine Spectator
'This is both winey, with currant and cherry paste flavors, as well as tangy, with bright iron minerality for spine and a lilac note flitting through. The taut finish has pebbly grip. Not big, but should be fun to watch this mellow slightly with time.'
91 points Neal Martin in Vinous:
'The 2016 Le Boscq has a tightly wound bouquet that gradually opens in the glass to reveal black cherries, a hint of sloe jam and crushed violets, all quite pure and attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, a velvety-smooth texture and just a touch of vanilla coming through on the finish.'
Incredibly deep, and still almost black in appearance. The intense and complex bouquet imparts lovely fruit intensity to notes of cedar, spice and precious wood. The wonderfully supple palate gradually gains in intensity. Densely-packed, silky and very fine-grained tannic structure underpins generous richness on the palate, and is coated with spice and ripe fruit flavours. Smooth and concentrated, the wine culminates in a notably long, lingering finish, characterised by freshness and spice.
Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot