Bordeaux 2016, best vintage so far?

As main En primeurs ratings from wine critics for Bordeaux 2016 are released, the Global Wine Score gives an indication on the quality of the vintage 2016. It seems interesting to appreciate this vintage through a comparison with previous vintages from 2000’s.

Global Wine Score results from the aggregation of wine ratings. The aim is to obtain through the Global Wine Score process, a score as objective as possible.

The methodology:

We decided to compare only wines rated on all vintages from 2000 to 2016 by at least 3 wine critics (Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, et al.). The complete list of the wine critics is available on the home page of the Global Wine Score ( ).

We choose 132 wines from the different following Bordeaux classifications:

  • Grand Cru Classés de Saint Emilion, A and B included.
  • Grands Crus Classés en 1855
  • Grands Pomerol
  • Some Seconds Vins

The wine critics en primeur scores normalized on a 100 point scale represent the input data of the Global Wine Score.

Usually, wine sector professionals consider 2005, 2009 and 2010 as the best vintages. How does Global Wine Score compare vintage 2016 to the other ones?

What can we notice?

The graph below presents the Global Wine Score for vintages from 2000 to 2016.

A first look at the graph leads to an obvious finding. According to the Global Wine Score, the vintage 2016 is the best one when compared to all the others vintages since 2000. The best previous vintages 2009, 2010 and 2015 are behind 2016 by about one point. As seen previously on this blog, the vintages 2007 and 2013 have lower scores confirmed by these results.

A global raise in the Global Wine Score appears from 2014 to 2016. An inflation in wine scores may cause that effect on these values. As low values (2007 and 2013) and high ones (2009, 2010 and 2015) correspond to the trends generally admitted in wine sector, this inflation in scores might have a very slight effect.

At a first sight, wine critics greatly appreciate this vintage 2016. This may represent an excellent investment for the future (the price releases will give a good indication). As usual, these results concern En primeur scores and not the bottled wines that will be on market in two years. Ageing in barrels may change slightly these wines but, anyway, 2016 vintage is very promising!