This really shows what makes all of Fabre’s wines so singularly remarkable. Sure, this shows the colossal concentration, black color and immense richness of a mountain vineyard with vines planted in 1908 and yields literally half those of a Bordeaux First Growth. But it also shows the elegance and class you’d expect from a winemaker whose family has been making great Bordeaux for 300 years.
A wine that’s both “true to its origins” and in a vintage like 2016 transcends them. It is, in fact, the top Mendoza vintage in Parker’s chart.
This is like the 2009 vintage turned up to eleven…but also without distortion. (To borrow an analogy from Matt Kramer.) Which is also what makes 2016 so special as a vintage. Amplitude without distortion. It’s pixelated!