Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur

Welcome to our 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign.  If you are new to En Primeur and want to find out more I encourage you to read our Newcomer Guide to En Primeur.  See below for my Bordeaux 2105 Vintage Report and my selection of top wines for 2015.  To follow our campaign please sign up to our En Primeur alerts, email to be added to the distribution list.  Recent releases and updates can be found on our Bordeaux 2015 Release Diary.

Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 - Vintage Report 

The week we spent in Bordeaux was so worthwhile, both from a personal view, being my 19th En Primeur and from the initiation that Louis experienced being his first En Primeur. On reflection it made me look at Bordeaux from a renewed perspective. There is so much that we take for granted and we are all so quick to judge a wine in 2 minutes flat; whilst the winemaker has spent the best part of his life in some cases, certainly years in the endeavour to make the best wine possible. The owners and winemaking teams are constantly analysing, developing their craft, we returned with lots of information and exciting developments which will be revealed in months to come. Louis and I spent six intensive days tasting over 400 individual wines, often more than once, to get a good understanding of the vintage and identify not only our favourites but also the wines of the vintage that have excelled.

The 2015 is a unique vintage, full of charm and purity with fine structured tannins, wonderful freshness and energy; certainly the best vintage in recent years since 2010. In my opinion the wines are charming with plenty of structure and ripe tannins which means they will cellar well. If you need a comparison to another vintage then you really need to go back to 1985, however, 2015 is a more concentrated and consistent vintage than 1985, indeed winemaking techniques have moved on a tremendous amount over the last 30 years. For 2015 there are some communes that shone above the rest and I would like to commend, Pomerol, St Emilion, Pessac Leognan and Margaux, in addition we found some exceptional wines in St Julien, Pauillac and St Estephe.

Personally it is a vintage that suits my palate as I’m a big fan of purity and balance. If you were to generalise the 2015 slightly favoured the early ripening Merlot, which was picked before some of the rain in September and October. See below at the bottom of the page for a full and extensive independent 2015 Bordeaux Vintage Reports from Bordeaux consultant and Chateau owner Professor Denis Dubourdieu and my good friend Bill Blatch.  Both reports on the vintage are outstanding and are published here with their kind permission.  I believe that Bill’s final conclusion is the fairest that I have seen “In general, all growers are extremely pleased with their wines, some exceptionally so. Quite clearly 2015 is by far the most satisfactory of the last five vintages and, in line with the times, and contrary to the year’s weather, the wines are beautiful rather than excessive.” Bill Blatch.

We are expecting some slight price increases on 2014, however if the prices are realistic then it a vintage we recommend you buy. From my perspective it is a vintage that I will be buying personally for my own cellar and also for the business. If I can help you in any way please give me a call. Some wines will be sold under allocation and if you have an idea of your wish list I would advise that you contact me to discuss.

James Goodhart, Founder, Bon Coeur Fine Wines