Experts agree, it’s the best vintage since ’10
Chateau La Croix Montlabert St. Emilion Grand Cru 2015 - Bordeaux, France, $26
A wine from the “right bank” of the Gironde estuary, so more Merlot grapes than Cabernet in the blend. Rich and ready to enjoy, with a bold structure of cassis and red berry aromas and flavors, plus hints of chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied, ripe tannins, smooth and elegant finish. Rated 92 points.
Chateau Guillon Graves 2015 - Bordeaux, France, $16
Many think of the Graves region only for white wines, but solid reds are made there too. This example offers a deep purple tint with tobacco and tar notes, typical of the region. It’s full-bodied with hints of cherry and blackberry extending to a luscious finish. Earned a 90 point rating from Decanter magazine.
Chateau Lalande-Borie St. Julien 2015 - Bordeaux, France,$38
The 2010 vintage was a memorable wine with finesse and character, and the 2015 version displays many of the same qualities: balanced dark fruits and earthy aromas on the nose, the taste of tart red berries and nuances of oak and chocolate. The finish is mellow with mild tannins. A unique wine to drink now, but will hold for several years. Earned a 92 point rating.
Chateau Lanessan Haut Medoc 2015 - Bordeaux, France, $23
Always a consistent and reliable chateau, this vintage shows earthy blackberry and plum notes on the nose. The taste profile begins with cassis, plum and cherry followed by a lively mouthfeel of spicy fruit notes and a hint of mint. Supple tannins lead to a lengthy finish. James Suckling, former wine writer for Wine Spectator, gave it 93 points.
Chateau Puygueraud Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2015 - Bordeaux, France, $21
Another reliable chateau producing good, sturdy wine. Firm structure with dark fruit flavors on the nose and toasty and oaky hints with red fruit on the palate. The texture and finish are complex and long lasting with silky plum and berry notes. A wine to enjoy for many years to come. Rated 92 points.
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