Bordeaux Primeurs : Our experts’ opinion.

The Bordeaux Primeurs week  took place last week. Find out our expert’s first impressions on this new vintage.

2015 was claimed to be the vintage of the decade. And for the moment, we must admit it is. Even if the decade is not over yet. Obviously, in saying so, we deliberately put aside 2010, which turns out to be a vintage of exception.

2015 in Bordeaux a rather heterogeneous vintage.

2015 in Bordeaux was a year of microclimates.  Early summer water shortages combined with heavy August rains had a strong impact on the vineyards. As a result, the quality of the Bordeaux Primeurs wines of the right bank (St Emilion and Pomerol) is very homogeneous. On the contrary, The left bank wines (Médoc and Graves), show bigger disparities. Between the various appellations but also within . Wines will therefore have to be selected carefully.

Gruaud Larose Primeurs 2

Château Gruaud Larose hosted the St Julien 2015 Primeurs

On the left bank, Saint Julien & Graves stand out.

Whether it is in white or in red, the wines of Graves tasted during the Bordeaux 2015 Primeurs week by our experts left a strong impression: ” good in white and very good in red ” quoted Aymeric de Clouet, member of our selection committee. Aymeric even added: ” The region south of Bordeaux stands out showing a very high quality level “. Our experts favourites for the Graves appellation are Châteaux Bouscaut (white and red), Château Olivier (red), Domaine de Chevalier and Château Latour-Martillac (white and red) which hosted this year the Bordeaux Primeurs for this appellation.

On the Saint-Julien’s side, our experts are unanimous: one very great success with very promising and quality wines. The homogeneity and regularity of the wines of this appellation has now been on going for years. Our experts top Saint Julien’s wines for this En Primeurs campaign are Châteaux Gruaud Larose, Léoville Poyferré and Branaire Ducru.

The Bordeaux 2015 Primeurs turn out to be more complicated for the Margaux, St Estèphe and Pauillac appellations. They apparently badly suffered from the heavy rain falls that occured during the course of August 2015. However, the Bordeaux Primeurs still brought beautiful surprises from those appellations. In St Estèphe, Château Lafon Rochet looks very promising while in Pauillac, Clerc Milon confirms all the promises made in the previous years. In Margaux, Kirwan, Brane-Cantenac and Dauzac are to be followed with great interest too.

Dégustations au Château Beauregard (Pomerol)

Tastings in Château Beauregard (Pomerol)

Right Bank : A big success.

2015 is, according to our experts, going to be a great vintage on the right bank of the Garonne. St Emilion showed a strong and pleasant homogeneity and a very high global quality level . To quote one more time our expert Aymeric de Clouet:” (…) Some regrets (due to the excess of maturity or extraction), but a lot of successes too. ” Our experts, really appreciated, among others, Châteaux Quinault L’Enclos, Dassault, Cap de Mourlin and Balestard la Tonnelle.

It will be more difficult to have a global idea of the quality of the 2015 vintage in Pomerol. Indeed, the UGCB, that organizes the Bordeaux Primeurs week did not have many Pomerol wines to taste. However, even then, the homogeneity within the appellation is striking. Our experts appreciated Château Petit-village and Clinet.

The vintage that our experts tasted during the Bordeaux 2015 Primeurs  week is overall a good vintage. Much more qualitative than 2012 and 2013 and, a notch above 2014. 2015 can therefore be considered as the vintage of the decade, so far. A vintage that, in a few years, should please all wine lovers.