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2015 Bordeaux

Château Cantemerle by night
Château Cantemerle by night

2015 is/was the best Bordeaux vintage since the blockbuster duo of 2009 & 2010.  The wines sold well on release though the vintage was put into the shade by the outstanding 2016s.  It’s been in the same shadow ever since despite some truly great wines, notably in Margaux, Graves and on the right bank.  We have opened a few bottles recently and the results have been positive: this isn’t a 2016 or a 2019, but it’s not far off in places and, notably, the wines are accessible across the board.

Our current selection of 2015s is listed below.  Highlights include:

2015 Ségla: this is a candidate for one of the best value wines in our entire list.  2015 was a particular success for Margaux and this is quite possibly the best Ségla ever. At the Southwold tasting of the 2015s this came 7th out of 27 wines in Margaux, and most tasters had it only a whisker behind the grand vin.

2015 Allées de Cantemerle: “What an outstanding second wine” says Neal Martin, and we agree.  There is a hint of Margaux character to this, and it is drinking very well now.

2015 Figeac: Figeac was well on the way to their deserved “premier grand cru classé A” status in 2015, and this is one of the wines of the vintage on the right bank.

2015 Villa Bel Air (magnums): this is a wine to fill your boots with for parties.  Soft, supple and glossy and a real crowd-pleaser.

2015 Domaine des Cambes: a touch of Mitjavile magic for not much money.

For lovers of large formats we have a couple of imperials of the brilliant 2015 Brane Cantenac, double magnums of 2015 La Mission Haut Brion and the 100 point 2015 Canon and, if it’s your sort of thing and you can wait for it to be shipped from Bordeaux, a 27 litre primat of 2015 Pavie..

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