Bordeaux’s Turnaround: 2015 Vintage

Bordeaux at Justerini & Brooks

A Work of Art: thoughts of the vintage from the Chateaux owners themselves

During a recent trip to Bordeaux to taste the 2015 vintage, the Justerini & Brooks team challenged wine-makers, technical directors and chateau owners to sum up the 2015 vintage by putting pen to paper. These are the results, click on the images below for Bordeaux 2015 in the words of the Bordelais.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day one, the wait is over…

We’ve been waiting a long time. We recall the still fermenting juices we tasted in October and then the impressive, precocious assemblages we tasted in February. Now the opportunity to taste the 2015s in earnest is finally here; the litmus test for the vintage. Read more.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day two, traversing the Gironde

Our first appointment of the day was with Cyril Thienpont, son of Nicolas and nephew of Jacques. Larcis Ducasse and Pavie Macquin are seriously impressive expressions of their terroir, brimming with vibrant fruit and wrapped in sumptuous tannins. Read more.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day three, It’s grim up north… far from it!

We started up north with a St Estephe trio: Calon Segur, Montrose and Cos d’Estournel.

Now much has already been said about the weekend of the Medoc marathon – some vignerons in these parts are blaming the runners for the rain. It happened, there’s no point in denial, about 120 mm fell on the Northern Medocover the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September. Read more.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day four, the long and winding road to Moulis…

Our team was still in good spirits on day four - a good barometer of the vintage. There was no palate fatigue and we were eager to discover more about the 2015s. Read more.

The Buyers’ Blog – A Bordeaux 2012 Tasting

‘Long overdue’ was the cry from members of the press and clients alike. It was over ten years since Justerinis hosted a Bordeaux tasting. Unlike Burgundy, Rhone, Loire, Germany and Piedmont, there is no annual Justerini & Brooks’ tasting for the largest fine wine producing region of them all! Read more.

Photos from our recent Bordeaux Tasting

The Buyers’ Blog – Bordeaux 2015 – love at first sight

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.

FT’s How To Spend It - Wine merchant Chadwick Delaney, Day 1. Touch down in Bordeaux for an early tasting

My week begins with a drive through the streets of a pre-dawn London to catch the first flight to Bordeaux. In fact, it begins with me still hurriedly packing at 4.45am in the dark, so unpacking this evening may hold a few surprises. 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.

FT’s How To Spend It - Wine merchant Chadwick Delaney, Day 2. Even in its infancy, this wine really is glorious

Today is a day of firsts. Straight from breakfast in our hotel in Pauillac, we drive down along the river to Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande’s state-of-the-art winery. We meet winemaker Stéphanie Danglade in a new tasting room. A panoramic view of the vineyards is spectacular this morning, as the fog has cleared and it is a beautiful, blue, sunny day. We are told we are the first people outside Pichon Lalande itself to taste the new vintage. Even in its infancy – and this really is early, as we will taste all these wines again in April – it is glorious. Read more.

FT’s How To Spend It - Wine merchant Chadwick Delaney, Day 3. Tastings at the Pétrus and Lafleur estates

We visit hallowed soils today. The day begins with a visit to Pétrus. We started importing Pétrus to the UK two years ago now and we work very closely with them to ensure that the estate’s wines are hand-placed with our collectors, who will cherish owning and drinking these rare bottles. At the estate with my colleagues Giles Burke-Gaffney and Tom Jenkins I retaste their sublime 2014, a wine that has fleshed out quite beautifully in the months since I last tasted it. Read more.

The Buyers’ Blog - Tasting Bordeaux 2012 at Southwold

The Suffolk coastal town of Southwold again played host to ‘The Great Claret Tasting’ 2016. This time it was the turn of the 2012s; a year characterised by poor flowering (so a small crop) and then, much like in 2000, the summer was late to arrive. Veraisons took a full month and ripening was a long, protracted process. Read more.

The Buyers’ Blog - A celebration of Pichon Lalande with Nicolas Glumineau

Last week, we were delighted to welcome Nicolas Glumineau to Hélène Darroze at the Connaught to present the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Read more.

The Buyers’ Blog - A First Class Dinner – The 1996s at 20

Opening and drinking the hallowed wines of Bordeaux’s ‘First Growths’ is always an event. These magnificent estates have graced the tables of the great and the good for centuries and continue to hold an appeal like no other wines from the Medoc or Graves. Read more.

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