The year of 2016 was a very good one for wine made from grapes grown in the Bordeaux appellation in southwest France—and those bottles will soon be available for purchase in British Columbia.
The annual Bordeaux wine release will be held at 32 participating B.C. Liquor Stores (BCLS) on September 28. Over 10,000 cases of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage from over 200 châteaus will be available, with prices ranging from $29 to $3,500.
Wine aficionados are anticipated to line up overnight in preparation for doors opening at 9:30 a.m.
Purchase limits will be in place for select bottles.
BCLS category manager and master of wine Barb Philip stated in a news release that the 2016 vintage is regarded as particularly stellar, due in part to a longer growing season.
“The 2016 vintage offers top quality across the range from the famous châteaux in the Médoc appellations through the petits châteaux of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC,” Philip stated. “The fruit is ripe and powerful but balanced by great finesse.”
Participating stores in the Lower Mainland are located in Vancouver (including Cambie, UBC, Dunbar, Kerrisdale, and the West End), West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, and Abbotsford.
Full details are available at the BCLS website.