Estate dinner at Chateau Haut-Brion
Other standout whites in the Pessac-Leognan appellation include Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, whose 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillion enjoyed perfectly uniform ripening in 2015. The property is under the expert guidance of Michel Roland.
Meanwhile, Chateau Carbonnieux, offering a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon, benefitted from cool nights in August, which provided good acidity, structure and aromatic balance.
Domaine de Chevalier produced a Sauvignon Blanc (70%) rich in freshness and aromatic taste, while the Semillon (30%) is loaded with purity and concentration. Finally, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillion and 5% Sauvignon Gris, is another superb vintage boasting of not only great concentration in complexity with spicy notes, but also very elegant aromas of white fruit.
There’s no doubt the 2015 vintage was outstanding for White Bordeaux, but there was also broad disparity in style and aromas. At the end, my suggestion is to save a bottle of 2012 Cos d’Estournel – a glorious example of traditional Bordeaux Blanc – to sample with a 2015 and decide…or just simply enjoy the difference.
First 2015 Bordeaux Offers
2015 Bordeaux futures are starting to be offered and both ratings and prices are encouraging: quality is there and prices are staying honest.
Best values ( quality to price ratio ) so far:
Chateau Peyrabon, Ht Medoc, 92-94WE $11.99 per b
Chateau Paloumey, Ht Medoc, 92-94WE $12.99 per b
Chateau Ht Bergey, Pessac, JS92-93 $19.99 per b
Chateau Ferran, Pessac, JS $13.39 per b
Chateau Ht Brisson, St Emilion Gd Cru, JS94-95, $19.99 per b
And my favorite of the group Chateau Charmail, Ht Medoc…$15.49 per b
Chateau Ferran, Pessac, JS92-93, $13.39 per b
Chateau Ht Bergey Blanc, Pessac , JS92-93, $24.99 per b
Delivery of these and other 2015s will be from Fall / Winter 2017 to Spring 2018