The hallmark of a great Bordeaux vintage lies in the quality of wines from lesser-known, modestly-priced châteaux. Considering how delicious and refined the wines below are, 2015 can indeed be considered a great Bordeaux vintage. Without the huge ripeness of ‘09 or ‘10, it shows similar depth and poise to 2000 or 2005.
Each appellation performed well and we have selected wines from all corners of Bordeaux that punch well above their price. With scores from 88 to 93, this is a cracking selection!
The G de Guiraud is a decadent but classic Bordeaux dry white from one of Sauternes’ First Growths. The Teyssier is a mineral St-Émilion that will age well for a decade. Mauvesin Barton is the sister property of Léoville Barton and offers similar styling and beautiful tannins. The Le Chenade, from the l’Eglise-Clinet stable, is often considered one of Bordeaux’s best value wines. La Chapelle de Potensac is the second wine of Potensac and is made in the classic Delon family style.
Lastly, we introduce Jean-Luc Thunevin’s Bad Boy. Jean-Luc is the godfather of the garagiste movement in Bordeaux. Château Valandraud, which he started in the early ‘90s, shot to stardom without any history or a château for a base. This earned him the reputation for being the ‘Bad Boy’ of St-Émilion. His modern take on Bordeaux is reflected in the 2015; it is polished, powerful and exotic but offers beautiful Bordeaux poise.
G de Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc 2015 – R 295
Lovely yellow apple, mirabelle plum and apricot notes burst forth, quickly harnessed by acacia and verbena threads, which provide focus and cut through the flattering finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2020. – Wine Spectator, 91/100
Teyssier, St-Émilion 2015 – R 350
Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Teyssier (a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) gives up lovely black and red cherries notions with cinnamon stick, fragrant earth and potpourri nuances. Medium-bodied and fresh with a satiny texture, it’s earthy and elegant in the mouth with a perfumed finish. – Wine Advocate, 90/100
Mauvesin Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc 2015 – R 325
The fifth vintage from this estate since its purchase by the Barton family of Léoville Barton in Saint-Julien, this is a generous, structured wine. It has ripe black fruits in profusion that are held together by the serious layer of tannins. Rich and concentrated, the wine will age for many years. Drink from 2024. – Wine Enthusiast, 93/100
La Chenade, Lalande de Pomerol 2015 – R 350
A fresh, ripe style, with a bright core of raspberry and plum coulis flavors lined with refined structure, backed by light rooibos tea and mineral threads on the finish. Stylish. Drink now through 2022. – Wine Spectator, 91/100
La Chapelle de Potensac, Médoc 2015 – R 275
The second wine from Potensac is based on its great fruit. It offers black currants, acidity and a warm, ripe character from the Merlot that dominates this wine. It is juicy, spicy and has a crisp fresh aftertaste. – Decanter, 88/100
Jean-Luc Thunevin, Bad Boy 2015 – R 305
The 2015 Mauvais Garçon (‘Bad Boy’) is medium garnet-purple in colour with wonderfully pure blackberries and black plums notes with hints of baking spices and smoked meats. Full, rich, spicy and seductive in the mouth, it has velvety tannins and impressive energy on the finish that makes another glass hard to resist. – Wine Advocate, 90/100