While 2015 may have fallen short of powerhouse years like 2005, 2009 or 2010, there is no question that there are some exceptional wines this vintage, full of charm and elegance. While the question of price remains heavy on most minds, especially those of UK merchants, it is important to remember that the value of the 2015 vintage should not be generalized by the prices at which the top chateaux will ultimately release their wines. In fact, they represent a small, albeit very prominent, proportion of what Bordeaux has to offer and it is more important than ever to remember this point amidst the talk of “Bordeaux fatigue” that circulates the wine market.
The 2015 vintage has produced a brilliant line up of wines full of succulent fruit, mouth-watering freshness and tannins so fine that tasting them in their infant stage was a relative breeze. With exceptional efforts from wines like Grand Puy Lacoste, Canon, Denis Durantou’s consistently excellent La Chenade and Les Cruzelles, as well as very strong showings from satellite appellation wines like Lalande de Pomerol, Cotes de Castillon and Fronsac, which will continue to remain refreshingly affordable and crowd pleasing.
"The 2015 vintage has produced a brilliant line up of wines full of succulent fruit, mouth-watering freshness and tannins so fine that tasting them was a breeze."
This past week has seen a slew of releases of Cru favourites like Lanessan, Beaumont, Peyrabon, Haut Bergey, Senejac, and several others which we regularly follow for their reliable quality and value. These wines were definitely on top form in 2015, and additionally it is always worth a reminder that En Primeur offers the unique opportunity to purchase your favourite claret in the format of your choosing: from a handy weekday half bottles to show stopping Imperiales. It is certainly worth a hard look at the wines of this level in 2015.