After spending a week touring the region of Bordeaux tasting several hundred top-flight wines, the time has come to take stock. The vintage is undeniably of a good standard. As usual, the Bordeaux wine industry slightly ‘over-sold’ it but generally speaking the quality is there. On the Right Bank, the wines are full, fleshy and already highly aromatic. On the Left Bank, the results are more mixed with Graves and Pessac-Léognan faring well along with the Médoc village appellations. Moulis, Listrac, Médoc and Haut-Médoc are often a notch below and show significant variations from one property to the next.
But for now, we have decided to showcase the less-publicised growths which we feel deserve to have the spotlight turned on them this year due to their consummate quality. Read on...
The TOP 5 from the 2015 vintage
Château Clinet: Intense, racy nose halfway between mineral and fruity with a faint touch of toast and roasted coffee. Fullness, delicacy, fruit presence, mouthcoating oak and already incredible length. A huge success in the appellation.
Gravel over deep clay with sub-soils showing high iron oxide content: the ultimate wine from Pomerol!
Château Gloria: Beautifully pure fruit on the nose with subtle oak in the background. Wonderfully sappy palate with superlative quality oak which is already starting to yield results. Archetypal upright, classic Saint-Julien style. A sterling wine for the future!
A gem from Saint-Julien, patiently crafted by its creator, Henri Martin
Château Les Ormes de Pez: Elegant fruity nose with impeccable support from racy oak. The palate shows more of the same with wonderful balance and racy expression coupled – already – with remarkable length. Hugely successful in this appellation.
Magnificent terroir, the finest of the appellation’s non classified estates
Château Rahoul: Racy nose of black fruits with a touch of roasted coffee. Dense, tightly-wound palate showing wonderful quality oak which reveals good influence at this stage. A complete, aromatic wine with high potential. Very successful.
This château, remarkable in 2015, brings the Portets terroir out of anonymity
Château La Fortune: Elegant fruity nose with notes of ripe cherry and redcurrant. Lovely sappy palate supported by top quality oak. A harmonious, fairly concentrated wine with delightful finesse. Good potential.
2.5 hectares of gravel soils which fully reveal their potential this year