Bordeaux Quartets: 2015 vs. 2014
With my Bordeaux 2015 report now complete, I can look forward to writing about other aspects of Bordeaux, and also squeezing in rather more from the Loire Valley than I have managed over the past three weeks. That should please those readers who were wondering when the roll-out of my Loire Valley wine guide, temporarily on hold during the primeurs, would resume. The answer is “very soon”!
Although I have plenty of new articles lined up, we can’t leave 2015 Bordeaux behind completely. Over the next couple of months we should see all or at least most of the wines released onto the market. It is not the sort of vintage I can comfortably ignore from now on, because there are some wines of exceptionally high quality set to be released, and the prices might (we can dream!) be resonable. As I wrote in my Primeur Picks conclusion for subscribers yesterday, with this being the best vintage since 2010 we can expect prices to be higher than those for the 2011-2014 vintages, but hopefully not as high as we saw in 2009 and 2010. Any wine priced in this zone is worth considering; all you have to do then is judge, based on your preferences, the style of the wine, your financial situation and of course the published notes and scores, whether or not you think the wine is worth the price asked (and the associated risks of buying at this stage).
Any significant news regarding the en primeur campaign I will bring onto this free-to-read blog, meanwhile subscribers can expect a series of articles looking at the 2015 vintage tasted alongside 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Not only have these Bordeaux Quartet tastings given me another chance to consider the wines of 2015 (and with barrel samples, the more often you taste them, the better) but it allows me to now put the vintage into a more contemporary context. How does it stack up against these other vintages? Those who believe the ‘great vintage’ mantra adhered to by one or two merchants will probably be surprised by some (although not all) of the results. I started last week with a Bordeaux Quartet from Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte (looking at both red and white in 2015 and 2010 here, so I cheated a bit on the vintages), and I will continue tomorrow with Château Canon (pictured above).
I had planned to roll out these reports at a rate of one a week, but that will take months. As I suspect we will see a huge flurry of releases starting next week (all of France is on holiday at the moment for Ascension Day, and the holiday will roll through Friday into the weekend, so don’t expect anything before Monday) I should crack on and will post these at a rate of two or three a week. And I’m looking forward to it – nothing shows up the strengths – or indeed the weaknesses – of a vintage more than tasting them side-by-side.
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