2015 Bordeaux – Our Recommendations

by Beth Thomas

Bordeaux can be a rather confusing and confounding market and never more so than at ‘primeur’ time. It is very easy to switch off, and many of us do, with just some of the big names and wild prices making the headlines. But – and there is a but – there are some gems and some wines that should be considered if you are a wine lover. 2015 is a good year and there are some wines that will be very good indeed. Bordeaux has still ‘got it’, you just have to choose wisely.

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As Will Lyons, Wine Correspondent for the Times, eloquently writes:

‘..it is always the red Bordeaux I serve which receives the most lavish praise. Why? Well, they posses a unique combination of finesse and power, have an ability to improve with age …. They are also very consistent. 聽But aside from their taste Bordeaux鈥檚 magic lies in its variation and value. Yes, value. Leave aside the top 30 Ch芒teaux and there are some wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blends to be found at a price point between 拢10 and 拢20.’

And it is here where we should all be thinking about tucking some bottles away. There are some great wines now out that you simply will not regret finding in your cellar in the next few years and they don’t have to cost the earth. 聽Please see our focused selection below – there are many more we liked, some now sold-out, some still available in very small volumes, that space simply doesn’t allow us to include here, but please ask as we have great access to most of the 2015 wines and we will happily hunt them out for you.

Under 拢100

OK, this聽 (saying under 拢100) is cheating a bit as they are all six-packs, but Denis Durantou, maker of Pomerol l’脡glise Clinet, offers simply extraordinary value in his ‘lesser’ wines. Any of the other wines can also be ordered by the six bottles (or any other available bottle size), just say what you want in the comments on your order wish list.

2015聽SAINTAYME 聽拢55 (case of 6)

2015聽LA CHENADE 聽拢60 (case of 6)

2015聽CH脗TEAU LES CRUZELLES 聽 拢90 (case of 6)

2015 CH脗TEAU MONTLANDRIE聽拢82.50聽(case of 6)

拢100-拢300

2015 CH脗TEAU LA MAURIANE PRIMEUR FAVOURITES 拢125

2015聽CH脗TEAU LAB脡GORCE 聽拢200

2015聽CH脗TEAU FERRI脠RE 聽拢270

2015聽CH脗TEAU HAUT BAGES LIB脡RAL聽拢280

2015聽CH脗TEAU PEDESCLAUX聽拢290

2015聽CH脗TEAU HAUT BATAILLEY 聽拢300

Two Margaux in the section above, and three in the one below tell something of the story of this vintage, the most successful Margaux vintage for many years.

拢300-拢500

2015聽CH脗TEAU GISCOURS聽拢390

2015聽CH脗TEAU D’ISSAN 聽拢420

2015聽CH脗TEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 聽拢460

2015 CH脗TEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION 聽拢470

2015聽CH脗TEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 聽拢500

拢500+

2015 CH脗TEAU L脡OVILLE BARTON聽拢580

2015聽CH脗TEAU LYNCH BAGES 聽拢890

2015聽CH脗TEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 聽拢995

Depressingly, from now on in it is likely to be well over a 拢1000 a case for the last few releases barring a few second wines (look out for the silkily delicious 2015 R脡SERVE DE LA COMTESSE PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES in particular), so for us the聽interesting kit is already聽out and its time to make some decisions. It is a further aggravation that despite a seemingly calm campaign and a real sensation that wines are not selling particularly well here, in Bordeaux the story is rather different and many 2015s are already sold out. So if you want to secure anything in particular please let us know.

As ever you can keep up to date with all releases from #Bdx15 on our Recent Releases page.