It’s official! Many of the 2015 Bordeaux are already in our warehouse!
The first batch of wines from this beautiful vintage arrived last week, much to our delight. 2015 was an almost perfect vintage, with a warm to hot spring, followed by a summer providing vines with just enough hydric stress. The final weeks of the growing season were mild and temperate, which allowed winemakers to pick at the most optimal moment.
After tasting literally hundreds of wines from this vintage, we’ve concluded that these are the qualities that make 2015 a standout and why you should buy:
1.) Even average properties produced exceptional wine in the 2015 vintage. This was good news as many Bordeaux producers had struggled with the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages. All those years presented different weather challenges and 2015 was an incredible relief to them.
2.) Both Right Bank and Left Bank enjoyed quality harvests, with Margaux, Pessac-Léognan and Saint-Émilion taking most of the honors.
3.) Also significant, producers needed to sell their wine production to normalize their finances. So, they offered the wines at decent prices (price increases were moderate in relation to the 2014 vintage, which was already well-priced). Then, best of all, the Euro dropped — from $1.40 or so with the 2010 vintage, to $1.08!!! A full 25% discount on a superlative vintage.
4.) In terms of style, the news is good as well. It was obvious in barrel tasting that we were dealing with very fine, integrated tannins with ripe fruit. Remember, winemakers had the luxury of picking exactly when they wanted. The result is wines that drink nicely now. The “dumb” phase that wines usually go through, when fruit is less showy and wines seem to close up and fall asleep, is already disappearing — the 2015’s show very well. The comparison with 2009 is becoming even more obvious, with juicy aromas, wrapping themselves around voluptuous wines that are rich, but never overwhelming or fat.
I can only say that I wish we had bought more in “Futures” since we’ve nearly sold out of the vintage, and judging by the current retail offers throughout the country, prices will inevitably climb rapidly.
Here is a list of 2015 wines we currently have in stock, ready to ship. Call 850-687-1370 or write firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Château Fleur Cardinale. JS 95-96. $39.99. 24 bottles.
Château Grand Mayne. WE 93-95. $39.99. 24 bottles.
Château Quinault l’Enclos. JS 93-94. $35.99. 12 bottles.
Château Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarrosse. JS 98-99. $99.99. 2 bottles.
Château Berliquet JS 96-97. $39.99. 24 bottles.
Clos Fourtet. WE 96-98. $95.99. 12 bottles.
Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. AG 93-96. $59.99. 18 bottles
Clos de l’Oratoire. JS 95-96. $43.99. 22 bottles.
Château La Croix du Casse. JS 93-94. $29.99. 20 bottles.
La Gravette de Certan (Vieux Château Certan 2nd wine). JS 93. $62.99. 18 bottles.
Château Clinet. JS 99-100. $114.99. 36 bottles.
Château Le Gay. WA 94-96. $99.99. 18 bottles.
Château Montviel. JS 92-93. $41.99. 34 bottles.
Château Gazin. WA 94-96. $69.99. 30 bottles.
Clos l’Eglise. RP 94-96. $84.99. 18 bottles.
Domaine de l’Aurage (by Tertre Roteboeuf). WA 90-92. $33.99. 24 bottles.
Château Cantemerle. JS 95-96. $32.99. 18 bottles.
Château Pontet Canet. JS 97-98. $104.49. 24 bottles.
Château Duhart-Milon (by Lafite Rothschild). WE 93-95. $64.99. 24 bottles.
Château Clerc-Milon (by Mouton Rothschild).JS 94-95. $58.99. 36 bottles.
Château Pichon Longueville-Baron. NM 96-98. $139.99. 3 bottles.
Château Pichon-Lalande. AG 96-98. $134.99. 24 bottles.
Château d’Yquem. WA 98-100. $168.99 for 375 ml. 18 bottles.
Le Petit Cheval Blanc. RP 97-99. (by Château Cheval Blanc) $109.99. 18 bottles. Very Rare!
And finally, some other treats:
Château Barde-Haut. Saint-Émilion — a beautifully-priced vertical collection:
Château Haut-Bergey. Pessac-Léognan — another vertical collection, with great pricing:
2006 Château Leoville Barton. $99.99
1996 Château Leoville Poyferre: 750’s-$179.99 and magnums at a very special price – $299.99!
2004 Château Latour. $569.99.
NO! Christmas is NOT over. Ask Santa for more wine.