2015, as far as the wine industry is concerned, was a year full of excitements. Great moments and sad ones lived side by side. But, overall, 2015 was a great vintage. Here are, according to us, the three striking moments of 2015, the year of wine.
The 2014 Primeurs (March)
The en Primeur campaign is a very special event of the year in Bordeaux. Indeed, it is the first opportunity for professionals to taste for the first time the vintage of the previous year. In 2015 we tasted the 2014 vintage. Petit Village and Clos Fourtet, for the right bank and Léoville-Poyferré, Smith Haut-Lafitte, Lamarque, Lynch Moussas, Dauzac and La Lagune hosted in 2015 the En Primeur week organized by our partner, l’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB).
Champagne and Burgundy listed as UNESCO World heritage sites (July).
It’s in July that the UNESCO took its decision. The Champagne and Burgundy vineyards will be listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. This decision was justified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization because Champagne and its vineyards are “the places were the sparkling wine method was elaborated, thanks to a second fermentation in the bottle, since its beginning in the XVIIth century up to its early industrialization in the XIXth century”.
In Burgundy, the vineyards (“climats”) as well as the city of Dijon were listed. The UNESCO justifies its decision quoting that “(the city of Dijon) symbolizes the political impulsion that lead to the creation of the Burgundy climats”.
With Saint-Emilion, already listed in 1999, France now has three wine areas listed by the UNESCO.
The 2015 harvests (September – October)
A great summer followed by beautiful weather conditions with a light wind during the harvests make us think that 2015 could be a great vintage. All the professionals agree on the fact that the grapes, “the raw material”, were of high quality. They should lead, once they are vinified and raised in oak barrels, to one of the best vintages of the decade. The 2015 En Primeur campaign that will take place in March in Bordeaux will give us a first good indication. Roll on March!
We are convinced that 2016 will be on the same line as 2015. A great year for wine, vineyard, wine amateurs and for all the professionals involved with passion in the wine making industry.