The value wines of Bordeaux 2015

The value wines of Bordeaux 2015
‘Great value’ and ‘Bordeaux’ don’t often go hand-in-hand, however, this is a big misconception. Whilst it may suit some to talk about the most exalted chateaux with their elevated prices, the reality is that the majority of Bordeaux commands far more modest sums. And if you are canny, there are bargains a plenty to be had.

There were three such wines at our 2015 Bordeaux tasting: Lalande Borie, Montlandrie and Les Cruzelles. Here we have three examples of wines with real pedigree that have excelled in this luxurious vintage. Bruno Borie’s Lalande Borie hails from a less auspicious terroir than its big brother, Ducru Beaucaillou, but the hallmarks of generosity, vibrancy, opulent fruit and class are all clearly evident in this top value St Julien. At £210 per dozen, it is outrageously good value and given the sumptuous nature of the vintage, you can enjoy this right now!

On the other side of the river, we have two wines from the maverick Denis Durantou: Montlandrie and Les Cruzelles. Despite their relatively modest appellations, Denis spotted the potential of these terroirs. We know they are more than capable of producing enthralling wines, but the 2015s have perhaps reached a new level of sophistication. These spectacular offerings have not got gone unnoticed by the press... Montlandrie in particular is receiving rave reviews (see below), and it’s not hard to see why. There is real density and power, whilst the Cabernets provide a fragrance and lift that makes this so engaging; a truly wonderful drop!

“The 2015 Montlandrie is another stellar wine from Denis Durantou. Dark, sumptuous and alluring, the 2015 is going to be virtually impossible to resist in its youth. The blackberry jam, graphite, savory herb, lavender, licorice and crushed rock flavors are remarkably rich and vivid in the glass. As good as the 2015 is today, it also has tons of underlying tannin that is going to need a bit of time to resolve itself. The blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 93/100”. – Antonio Galloni

“Flowers, black licorice, blackberries and minerals all rise to the surface. Transparent. Medium to full bodied, polished and ultra-fine. This is a wine guided for a long time by the owner of Pomerol’s l’Eglise Clinet. Regal. Drink now or hold. 94/100”. – James Suckling

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