It feels like the campaign has finally started. Yesterday, Chateau Lafleur sold out in quick time. Hardly surprising given that it was one of our wines of the vintage and priced correctly against equivalent vintages. Beychevelle (£535/12) and Pape Clement (£625/12) were somewhat overlooked in all the excitement surrounding Lafleur. Both wines have been well received by the critics and are selling well in Bordeaux.
Today, we have a flurry of releases including the quite excellent Malescot St Exupery. It has been some time since the Margaux commune took the limelight; the 2015 vintage was worth the wait… Margaux, Palmer and Rauzan Segla take the podium places, but Brane Cantenac and Malescot lead the chasing pack. This is a grand scale wine with enormous potential, gorgeous, well-delineated flavours and a serious tannic structure. At £370 per dozen it is under half the price of the 2005 and is every bit as good!
‘The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle. Drink 2025-2045. 93-95/100’. – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
‘The beauty in the fruit here is so impressive. Full body, super fine tannins. It’s very racy and incredibly long. Sexy and rich finish. Better than the legendary 2009? A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. 97-98/100’. – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
We can also offer Chateau d’Armailhac from the Mouton Rothschild stable. Philippe Dhalluin and his team have produced a spellbinding range. This is the most decadent and sumptuous d’Armailhac we can recall tasting, packed with spiced plums and bright crimson fruit. It is harmonious and racy and will provide excellent drinking in the medium term. At £310 per dozen for a Pauillac Cru Classé from the Mouton wine-making team – what’s not to like?