Médoc and Graves, 2015

2015 was an excellent Bordeaux vintage and the best since the excellent 2010 vintage, but it is a variable vintage between appellations and producers, with some great, very good and quite poor wines due to the erratic weather. Careful selection is key.

A really hot early summer was brought to a halt by a cooler, wet end to the growing season, and so vineyard management was tantamount to success. Those that succeeded made wines of purity, precision, elegance and freshness, with concentrated fruit and stunning balance. Those that were less successful made big fruit bombs with high acidity.

On the Left Bank, Margaux was the pick of the appellations, with great consistency across the board, while Saint-Estèphe, Graves and Pessac-Léognan also performed well generally. In Paulliac and Saint-Julien, it was more of a mixed bag, with some truly brilliant and poor wines made.

Médoc and Graves, 2015

2015 was an excellent Bordeaux vintage and the best since the excellent 2010 vintage, but it is a variable vintage between appellations and producers, with some great, very good and quite poor wines due to the erratic weather. Careful selection is key.

A really hot early summer was brought to a halt by a cooler, wet end to the growing season, and so vineyard management was tantamount to success. Those that succeeded made wines of purity, precision, elegance and freshness, with concentrated fruit and stunning balance. Those that were less successful made big fruit bombs with high acidity.

On the Left Bank, Margaux was the pick of the appellations, with great consistency across the board, while Saint-Estèphe, Graves and Pessac-Léognan also performed well generally. In Paulliac and Saint-Julien, it was more of a mixed bag, with some truly brilliant and poor wines made.

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  1. Chateau Ferriere, Margaux 2015 TN

    Château Ferrière, 2015

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2019-2029
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Antonio Galloni

    "The 2015 Ferrière is terrific...a very nice Margaux that plays on the darker end of the fruit spectrum. The 2015 is dense and powerful, but also impeccably balanced." Antonio Galloni

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  2. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2015

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2015

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2022-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Antonio Galloni

    "Sensual, polished and refined, the 2015 is all class. Silky tannins, perfumed aromatics and beautifully delineated fruit...This is a fabulous example of the year." Antonio Galloni

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  3. Chateau Calon Segur, Saint-Estephe, 2015 TN

    Château Calon Segur, 2015

    Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2023-2045
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - Antonio Galloni

    "This has a nearly plush edge, surprising for the vintage, with warmed plum, blackberry and black cherry compote flavors liberally inlaid with smoldering tobacco, humus and roasted juniper notes." Wine Spectator

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  4. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2015

    Château Smith Haut Lafitte, 2015

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2045
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - eRobertParker.com

    "Explosive and powerful in the glass, the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte is going to need time to come into its own. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, leather, licorice and savory herbs effortlessly fill out the wine's ample frame.” Antonio Galloni

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  5. Château Léoville Las Cases 2015 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Léoville Las Cases, 2015

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - eRobertParker.com

    "The 2015 Léoville Las Cases is simply captivating. Sumptuous, racy and explosive in the glass, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous energy from start to finish. Readers who can find it should not miss it." Antonio Galloni

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