Bordeaux is back! The lovers of the fine wines of this great French region are rejoicing. After a few years of less than perfect vintages, and general stagnation and uncertainty, the 2015 vintage is being hailed as the best since 2010 if not better. It’s being touted by some as “the next great vintage” and lines up with the other great years of this millennium, the 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Langton’s Fine Wines recently teamed up with Andrew Caillard, an Australian Master of Wine, to produce a Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur full report with tasting notes. En Primeur translates to “of the first” and is often regarded as the best way of securing some of the world’s most sought after wines before they are bottled and officially released to the market. It involves securing parcels of the wine while it is still in barrels and is usually cheaper than the general release price. It also means you can be guaranteed that you are purchasing the real deal.
In his report, Andrew Caillard MW says that the wines of 2015 are generally expressive and generous with marvellous concentration and structure and that given another year in barrel, the wines should gain more fruit complexity and volume. The weather conditions were near perfect being dry most of the way through vintage with cool evenings. The colours, densities, flavours and tannin quality of the young red wines all suggest a great vintage in the making. There’s beautiful fragrance, clear fruit flavours and brisk energy of the wines and they will probably be formally released around 2018.
So if you’re a Bordeaux fan with a bit of coin to shake then checking out the 2015 En Primeur via Langton’s may be the best move you can make. The report itself and the regular updates from the Langton’s team of experts makes good reading for any serious wine lover and is a great way to stay informed of all the comings and goings of the Bordeaux primeurs.
Map Source: De Long Wine Company
Disclosure: The Wine Wankers have partnered with Langton’s to promote their 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur Full Report