Bordeaux 2015 New Arrivals 2018

I was very pleased with my tastings of the 2015s from bottle. So many wines were more convincing than they were from barrel, showing once again that trying to understand the quality and potential of wines that are six months old when they are presented during the en primeur campaign is at best an inexact science. Specifically, I was impressed by how much freshness and structure the 2015s show today. Although 2015 is not an across the board success (for reasons I will discuss below), the best wines are truly phenomenal. In particular, 2015 is a superb vintage for Margaux and Saint-Julien. Pauillac and Pessac-Léognan aren’t too far behind.” ANTONIO GALLONI

So the 2015 Bordeaux is finally here and we can all see for ourselves what the hype is all about. For the last five years the wines and region have been more visible in media and documentaries than in the market itself and following a string of difficult vintages 2015 produced brilliant wines. We’ve seen a number of petite Chateaux over the last few weeks and the overall quality of the wines is fantastic.

An exhaustive account of the vintage has been written elsewhere, but a few important points bare repeating. Unusually this is an excellent vintage for both the right and left banks, with properties on both sides of the river enjoying excellent vintage conditions – particularly Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Margaux and Pessacc-Leognan. Secondly, the quality of the wines produced extends throughout the hierarchy of appellations, with lesser estates and petite Chateaux producing delicious and affordable wines that will drink well out of the gate and cellar in the short to mid-term, though this may be attributed to technological advances in wine making. Many smaller estates have enjoyed new life under the work of more prestigious owners or consulting winemakers. The top properties have always had the aristocratic privileged of terroir. Thirdly there has been a marked change in the style of wine being produced, most notably the lessening of new oak in wine making and also the emphasis on freshness in the wines. Whether the Bordealise  are responding to market demand, or the vintage, and likely a combination of both, the resulting wines are a different animal to those produced a decade ago…

This offer contains a selection of wines where were first to land and have been approximately arrange by appellation and suggested tasting order. The wines are available in limited quantities. Please note some wines are still to arrive and it has been noted they are expected at the end of June.

For those customers who purchased wine en primeur, thank you. you patience has been rewarded.


Sebastian and the team at PWS