What does it take to convince the owners of Château Latour to back your wine? Ask Saint Emilion’s Le Prieuré, who now enjoys patronage from the mighty First Growth and who have produced one of the must-have wines of the 2016 En Primeur campaign. Produced in tiny quantities (only 1208 cases produced), this received a huge score from Antonio Galloni:
95-98 points: “One of the most exciting wines of the vintage… a deeply expressive and resonant Saint Émilion of the highest level.”
The enormity of this score from Galloni only becomes apparent when you realise that he places Le Prieuré in the illustrious company of Haut-Brion, Pétrus and Lafite-Rothschild in this vintage. Although the wine styles may be very different, the quality is undeniable. But that should come as no surprise as the Technical Director is Pénélope Godefroy who managed Latour’s vineyards for six years, and she has received consultancy from Jean-Claude Berrouet of Pétrus and Dominus fame.
The points-to-price ratio of this wine is going to be hard to beat in this vintage.
Jancis Robinson 16 punten
James Suckling 92-93 punten