Bordeaux 2015: a fine, future cellar of wine for under £800
Take your first steps into the world of fine wine without breaking the bank! I have selected 4 cases from across the length and breadth of Bordeaux which will offer great drinking from when they arrive here in 2018 right through to 2035.
For £110 (with VAT and duty payable when they arrive) you can buy 12 bts of the excellent Chateau La Prade 2015 or why not buy the complete selection for £797 (VAT and duty payable on arrival).
JB16 /JS 92-93 points / WS 89 – 92 points
Another consistently good effort from the Thienpont stable. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Vanilla, strawberry and roast coffee on the nose. Full bodied with ripe succulent fruit. Fresh, with marked acidity and firm tannins carrying the wine to a long finish. Drink 2020-25
Right Bank (Merlot dominant)
JB17 / James Suckling 94 points / WS 90 – 92 points / Decanter 90 points
Nicolas Thienpont’s Chateau Puygueraud consistently offers some of the best quality/prix in Bordeaux and this vintage is no exception. 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Black fruit and violets on the nose. Creamy, spicy palate. Could almost drink this now! Ripe and attractive, yet not overextracted. Drink 2018-25.
Left Bank (Cabernet Sauvignon dominant)
TA91, JT 16.5, JS 90 / 91
60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot
“Lynch Bages’ second wine, which accounted for 35% of total production, saw no new oak in 2015. It’s quite a forward wine, with red and black fruits, nice texture and supple tannins. A claret that will provide plenty of pleasure in its youth. Drink: 2019-24” www.timatkin.com
NM91/93, JS 93/94
53% Cabernet Sauvignon / 47% Merlot
Fresh raspberry and spice on the nose. Quite understated yet with good St Estephe typicity. Medium bodied, well balanced with a light, bright finish. Drink 2020 – 35.