Southwold 2016s – left-bank reds

The third, last and most comprehensive report on this year's Southwold-on-Thames blind tasting of 264 2016s from Bordeaux's best addresses. See also right-bank reds and whites. For all our Bordeaux 2016 coverage, see this guide.

There were some lovely wines among the 124 left-bank 2016 reds we tasted this year. Tasting blind meant that we were not prejudiced by different labels’ reputations and rank. The result for me was that I was hugely enthusiastic about some second wines, even preferring Rauzan’s second wine Ségla (not yet released) to the grand vin. In the group ranking of this Margaux...

Bottles of left bank claret at the 2020 Southwold-on-Thames tasting