Bordeaux 2015 - A vintage without comparison
2015 was an unconventional growing season, which has resulted in some truly extraordinary wines. It is certainly the best vintage since 2010, and in places it ranks amongst greats such as 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010; although drawing comparisons to these years is not straightforward. On the Right Bank, Pessac Leognan and Margaux, there are wines of enormous depth, which resemble a hybrid of 2005 and 2009, however, at the best estates, the tannins and fruit profiles are perhaps even more charming. The great estates of Pauillac and St Julien are extremely successful too. They are for the most part not like their blockbusters 2009s and 2010 counterparts; but they have ample concentration, are elegantly proportioned and speak of sleek fruit and refined tannins. St Estephe bore the brunt of the rain in September and the wines, although charming, are made in a lighter yet very appealing style.
Our four days of extensive tastings flew by without any hint of palate fatigue. The quality of fruit combined with the refreshing character of the wines made the 2015s a joy to taste. You can read more about the vintage and submit your ‘wish-list’ on this designated area of our website. Bordeaux is back!
“15 is the perfect opportunity to get back to Bordeaux. Analytically the wines are very impressive, lots of concentration and good pH… I can never remember a vintage where the mid-palates have been so sweet and so exuberant and delightful to taste… It’s going to rank up there with one of the best vintages of Bordeaux in the last 20 or so years.”
“2015 is finishing with great results. You can only think of a few vintages in your career, like ‘15 will be… ‘15 is still a baby at the moment, it is a special combination of deepness and structure. It is also a question of charm, one of the differences between 2010, the last great vintage we had in Bordeaux. We’ve got the structure and deepness of ‘10, but with more charm and more sweetness that we’ve had in the last 15 years.”
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Wine merchant Chadwick Delaney, Day 1: I’m on a three-day trip with our buying director Giles Burke-Gaffney and our Bordeaux buyer Tom Jenkins. We land in fog so thick and low that we think we’re still up in the clouds as the wheels touch down. Read more.
We are just back from a three day reconnaissance mission, scoping the latest Bordeaux vintage. Some Chateaux have finished their assemblage and were prepared to show us their final blend, others were more circumspect; either way, the technical directors, cellar masters and general managers we met with were all beaming about their 2015s. Read more.