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.                                                                                 

Style
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.
Allocations
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.
Pricing
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  

Saint-Julien Ducru Beaucaillou:  96TA  95-97WE Gloria:  95TA 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

Pessac-Léognan 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 

Sauternes 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.