Bordeaux 2015: our selection and reviews
2009 was the last Bordeaux en primeur campaign I really got behind, but subsequent pricing and/or vintage quality has meant it's been difficult to be as enthusiastic about all but a handful of more recent releases. Further below is our "Bordeaux Select" chateau list - which we will update with prices as soon as they are released.
The best wines on the Left Bank, especially in the southerly appellations, and in Saint Emilion and to a slightly lesser extent Pomerol, have made wines to rival and sometimes exceed the quality and expansive character of 2009 with the benefit of greater freshness and vivacity. These are also more charming wines than 2005 and 2010 - with generally softer tannins, lower pH and more lively aromatics. Selection
A number of Saint Emilion producers have made their best ever wines, and some from Margaux and Pessac come very close to rivalling their top vintages. Like our approach to the recent Burgundy 2014 campaign, we have chosen to focus on specific estates that we think are the top performers from 2015.
However please do let us know if there are other chateaux of personal interest as we are happy to source those from our negociant friends too.
The top chateaux are all saying they intend to release less wine en primeur (taking a leaf out of Latour's book - who withdrew entirely from EP). Given how well-britched the majority are, and no shortage of Chinese buyers to snap up those who aren't, there is probably some truth in this.
With 10% euro-swing since 2014 campaign and everyone imagining a 20% price hike on 2014 for the better performing wines, 2015 is not going to be a bargain. However if they are around the current 2009 and 2010 market prices, there seems a good argument to buy on release.
An early indication of interest would better to enable us to secure the wines you want so do let us know your hitlist as soon as possible (there is no obligation to confirm until the prices come out but please be aware that allocations will sell out very quickly once they do!). NB - to show it's not just us hyping the vintage, I have included recent scores from Wine Enthusiast, Tim Atkin and James Suckling.
Saint-Estèphe Phélan Ségur: 93-94JS
Pauillac Grand Puy Lacoste: 95TA 94-95JS Pichon Baron: 96TA 96-97JS
Ducru Beaucaillou: 96TA 95-97WE
Saint Pierre: 94TA
Langoa Barton, 92-93JS, 93TA: £171 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch Leoville Barton, 94-96WA, 94-95JS: £290 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
Castillon Clos Puy Arnaud: £90 In Bond /6 Available here
Margaux Alter Ego (de Palmer), 94-95JS: £240 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch Cantenac Brown: 94-96WE Giscours: 94-96WE 96-97JS: £192 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch Margaux: 98-100WE 100JS Palmer: 97-99WE 99-100JS Rauzan Segla: 94-96WE 97-98JS
Haut-Médoc La Lagune: 93-94JS £174 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
de Fieuzal Blanc: £159 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
Carbonnieux: (red) 93-94JS 93-95WE (white) 92-93JS
Haut Brion: 96-98WE 97-98JS
Petit Haut Lafitte: 92TA 92-93JS
Smith Haut Lafitte: 97-98JS 96TA
Pape Clément, 97-98JS 95-97WA: £312 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
Pomerol La Conseillante: 96-97JS
Saint-Emilion Canon La Gaffelière: 96-97JS Cheval Blanc: 98TA 97-99WE Clos de l'Oratoire: 95-96JS: £139.80 In Bond /6 Available here Clos Fourtet: 96-98WE 96-97JS La Dominique: 92-94WE 94-95JS: £180 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch Le Dôme: 96TA 96-98WE: £510 In Bond /6 Available here Le Nardian (white): 92TA 92-93JS Les Asteries: 96TA 95-97WE Teyssier, 91-92JS: £120 In Bond /case of 6 Available here £141 In Bond /case of 6 magnums Available here £52 In Bond /double magnum bottle Available here Vieux Château Mazerat: 95TA 95-97WE Haut Brisson La Grave: £66 In Bond /6 Available here
Château Guiraud, 96-97JS: £156 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
Château de Rayne Vigneau, 93-94JS: £168 In Bond /6 Available here
Château Suduiraut, 97-98JS: £239.40 In Bond /6 Currently out of stock - get in touch
To register your interest, or for more information please email us.
Published on: April 22, 2016