BORDEAUX 2015 Scores and Tech Notes

Scores, Tech, and a little Commentary

Listed alphabetically within appellations, here are my recommended wines from the 2015 vintage. We tasted a lot more than this but for various reasons (maybe due to style or maybe due to an off sample or simply because they just weren’t good) the others are wines I won’t recommend. Bolded wines are particularly recommended.

RECOMMENDED 2015 RED WINES by Appellation
MARGAUX
Ch. BRANE CANTENAC, Margaux, 2015   (94+)
Ch. CANTENAC BROWN, Margaux, 2015   (93+)
61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot
Ch. d’ISSAN, Margaux, 2015   (93+)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot    (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. du TERTRE, Margaux, 2015   (91+)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petite Verdot from Claire Villars and Gonzague Lurton
Ch. DURFORT VIVENS, Margaux, 2015   (93)
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc from Claire Villars and Gonzague Lurton.   Very Cabby tasting
Ch. FERRIERE, Margaux, 2015   (93)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petite Verdot farmed using Biodyamic principles (45% new oak barrels but 75% new oak in this sample) from Claire Villars and Gonzague Lurton
Ch. GISCOURS, Margaux, 2015   (94+)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petite Verdot
Ch. La GURGUE, Margaux, 2015   (91+)
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 2% Petite Verdot,   (20% new oak barrels) from Claire Villars and Gonzague Lurton
Ch. LASCOMBES, Margaux, 2015   (93)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 3% Petite Verdot,   (70% new oak barrels)  
Ch. MALESCOT St. EXUPERY, Margaux, 2015   (92+)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot      Michel Rolland consults
Ch. MARGAUX, Margaux, 2015   (97-100)
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot,   (100% new oak barrels)   35% of the production went into this grand vin. A top five wine of the vintage.
PAVILLON ROUGE du Ch. MARGAUX, Margaux, 2015   (95-96+)
2nd vin de Ch. Margaux    74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot,   (60% new oak barrels)   23% of production. More than a 2nd wine, Pavillon Rouge is the 2nd best (after the grand vin of Ch. Margaux) wine of the appellation.
Ch. PONTAC LYNCH, Margaux, 2015   (94++)
35% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot, and 60% a blend of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. This is a lesser known wine from a great terroir (it touches Ch. Margaux, Ch. Rauzan Segla, Ch. Palmer, and Ch. d’Issan). Lighter-colored, more traditional style with fine purity of fruit and elegant balance. A personal favorite. Best Pontac-Lynch yet?
Ch. RAUZAN SEGLA, Margaux, 2015   (94-95)
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot

SAINT JULIEN
Ch. BEYCHEVELLE, St. Julien, 2015   (94+)
42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petite Verdot,   (50% new oak barrels)  
AMIRAL de BEYCHEVELLE, St. Julien, 2015   (92)
2nd vin de Ch. Beychevelle    67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot,   (30% new oak barrels)  
Ch. BRANAIRE DUCRU, St. Julien, 2015   (95-96+)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot,   (65% new oak barrels)  
Ch. DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU, St. Julien, 2015   (97-99)
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot,   (all new oak barrels)  Easily the best Ducru I have ever tasted and one of the best wines of the vintage. Ethereal, weightless, stunning.
La CROIX de DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU, St. Julien, 2015   (93)
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 3% Petite Verdot,   (60% new oak barrels)
Note: “La Croix” had been the second wine of Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou but is now from a defined terroir that was part of Ducru Beaucaillou.
Ch. GLORIA, St. Julien, 2015   (93+)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petite Verdot,   (40% new oak barrels)  Best Gloria in a long time.
Ch. GRUAUD LAROSE, St. Julien, 2015   (95)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc, (70% new oak barrels)   Made using a mix of punch-downs and pump-overs.
SARGET de GRUAUD LAROSE, St. Julien, 2015   (91+)
2md wine of Ch. Gruaud Larose.   72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petite Verdot,   (35% new oak barrels)   Made using a mix of punch-downs and pump-overs.
Ch. LAGRANGE, St. Julien, 2015   (91+)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Petite Verdot
Ch. LALANDE BORIE, St. Julien, 2015   (91+)
45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot from the team at Ducru Beaucaillou
Ch. LANGOA BARTON, St. Julien, 2015   (93)
Ch. LEOVILLE BARTON, St. Julien, 2015   (94-96)
Ch. LEOVILLE las CASES, St. Julien, 2015   (96-98)
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc (record Cabernet)   (85% new oak barrels)   Most enjoyable young Leoville las Cases of my career.
PETIT LION (2nd vin de Leoville las Cases), St. Julien, 2015   (94)
2nd vin de Ch. Leoville las Cases     40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 60% Merlot   (30% new oak barrels)  
CLOS du MARQUIS, St. Julien, 2015   (94+)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
La PETITE MARQUISE du CLOS du MARQUIS, St. Julien, 2015   (92)
2nd vin de Clos du Marquis   52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot,   (25% new oak barrels)  
Note: Clos du Marquis was the 2nd vin of Ch. Leoville Las Cases  but now comes from a defined terroir. La Petite Marquise is the new for 2015 2nd wine of Clos de Marquis.
Ch. LEOVILLE POYFERRE, St. Julien, 2015   (96-98)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot,   (80% new oak barrels)  Yum!
Ch. MOULIN de BRIDANE, St. Julien, 2015   (91+)
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petite Verdot,    (33% new oak barrels)  
Ch. MOULIN RICHE, St. Julien, 2015   (93)
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 11% Petite Verdot,     all 2nd use barrels
Ch. SAINT PIERRE, St. Julien, 2015   (94)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. TALBOT, St. Julien, 2015   (94+)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 3% Petite Verdot,   (50% new oak barrels)  
CONNETABLE de TALBOT, St. Julien, 2015   (91)
2nd vin de Ch. Talbot   36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 64% Merlot,   (15% new oak barrels)  

PAUILLAC
Ch. BATAILLEY, Pauillac, 2015   (94+)
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot
LIONS de BATAILLEY, Pauillac, 2015   (91)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot,   (45% new oak barrels)  First vintage for this new 2nd wine.
Ch. CLERC MILON, Pauillac, 2015   (93+)
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot, 1% Carmenere,   (50% new oak)  
Ch. d’ARMAILHAC, Pauillac, 2015   (93)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot,   (38% new oak barrels)  
Ch. DUHART MILON, Pauillac, 2015   (92)
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. GRAND PUY LACOSTE, Pauillac, 2015   (96-98+)
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc,   (75% new oak barrels)  Brilliant Pauillac. A top ten wine of the vintage.
Ch. LACOSTE BORIE, Pauillac, 2015   (92+)
2nd of Grand Puy Lacoste     60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, Pauillac, 2015   (93+)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from two blocks (next to Latour and behind Pichon Baron on the Bages Plateau   (45% new oak barrels)   Biodynamic    From Claire Villars
Ch. HAUT BAGES MONPELOU, Pauillac, 2015   (90+)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Verdot,     used to be part of Duhart Milon. Made at Ch. Batailley but is a separate property.
Ch. HAUT BATAILLEY, Pauillac, 2015   (93+)
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot,   (60% new oak barrels)  
Ch. LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, Pauillac, 2015   (98-100)
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot,   (all new oak barrels)  Ethereal. Weightless. Classic. One of the top three wines of the vintage.
CARRUADES de LAFITE (2nd vin de Ch. Lafite), Pauillac, 2015   (93)
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc,   (20% new oak barrels)  
Ch. LATOUR, Pauillac, 2015   (97-99)
Les FORTS de LATOUR, Pauillac, 2015   (95)
2nd vin de Ch. Latour        63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.6% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc, and .9% Petite Verdot
PAUILLAC de Ch. LATOUR, Pauillac, 2015   (92)
3rd vin de Ch. Latour
Note: The three wines from Chateau Latour are no longer released as futures but are held until the chateau feels they have reached optimum stages of drinkability.
Ch. LYNCH BAGES, Pauillac, 2015   (95)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot,   (75% new oak barrels)  
ECHO de Lynch Bages , Pauillac, 2015   (92+)
2nd vin de Ch. Lynch Bages        66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot
Ch. LYNCH MOUSSAS, Pauillac, 2015   (92)
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot,   (60% new oak barrels)  
Ch. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD, Pauillac, 2015   (97-99)
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc,   (100%  new oak barrels)  
PETIT MOUTON (2nd vin de Ch. Mouton Rothschild), Pauillac, 2015   (94)
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PIBRAN, Pauillac, 2015   (90+)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PICHON BARON, Pauillac, 2015   (94+)
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot,   (80% new oak barrels)  Very much as expected
Les GRIFFONS de LONGUEVILLE, Pauillac, 2015   (92+)
2nd vin de Ch. Pichon Baron 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot
Les TOURELLES de LONGUEVILLE, Pauillac, 2015   (92)
2nd vin de Ch. Pichon Baron 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot (per Christian Seely)
Note: Les Griffons (expressing more Cabernet Sauvignon and gravel) and Les Tourelles (expressing more Merlot and clay over limestone) are both 2nd wines of Ch. Pichon Baron.
Ch. PICHON LALANDE, Pauillac, 2015   (96-98)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Verdot,   (60% new oak barrels)  Stunningly good wine.
RESERVE de la COMTESSE (2nd vin de Ch. Pichon Lalande), Pauillac, 2015   (93)
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot,   (25% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PONTET CANET, Pauillac, 2015   (96-98)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petite Verdot  certified Biodynamic    50% in new barrels, 15% in 2nd use barrels, and 35% in amphoras Pure and lovely and everything it is supposed to be.

SAINT ESTEPHE
It rained more and later in 2015 in St. Estephe than in much of the Haut Medoc and the gravel terroir dealt with it. There is quality here across the board.
Ch. BEAU-SITE, St. Estephe, 2015   (91+)
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot, (35% new oak barrels)  From the Borie Manoux team at Ch. Batailley.
Ch. CAPBERN, St. Estephe, 2015   (92+)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 4% Petite Verdot,   (60% new oak barrels)  from the team at Ch. Calon Segur
Ch. CALON SEGUR, St. Estephe, 2015   (95-97+)
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot,   (all new oak barrels)  
MARQUIS de CALON SEGUR, St. Estephe, 2015   (93+)
2nd vin de Ch. Canon Segur   33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. COS d’ESTOURNEL, St. Estephe, 2015   (94-96)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, and 1.5% Cabernet Franc,   (60% new oak barrels)  A return to elegance.
Ch. LAFON ROCHET, St. Estephe, 2015   (93++)
Jean Claude Berrouet (formerly of Petrus) is the new consultant and there is a new cuverie which together may explain the jump in quality here.
Ch. Le CROCK, St. Estephe, 2015   (92)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petite Verdot,   (25% new oak barrels)    From the team at Ch. Leoville Poyferre.
Ch. les ORMES de PEZ, St. Estephe, 2015   (92+)
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Verdot,   (45% new oak barrels)   From the team at Ch. Lynch Bages.
Ch. MEYNEY, St. Estephe, 2015   (93+)
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 8% Petite Verdot   Best Meyney in a long time
Ch. MONTROSE, St. Estephe, 2015   (94-96)
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc
La DAME de MONTROSE, St. Estephe, 2015   (92)
2nd vin de Ch. Montrose    55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and 4% Petite Verdot,   (30% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PHELAN SEGUR, St. Estephe, 2015   (94+)
53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot,   (50% new oak barrels)   Bravo Veronique Dausse. Best Phelan Segur of my career.
Ch. TRONQUOY LALANDE, St. Estephe, 2015   (91+)
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot,   (30% new oak barrels)  From the team at Ch. Montrose.

MEDOC and HAUT MEDOC with MOULIS and LISTRAC
BRULLIERES de BEYCHEVELLE, Haut Medoc, 2015   (91+)
35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 65% Merlot,  (20% new oak barrels)  An Haut Medoc from just south of St. Julien from the team at Ch. Beychevelle.
Ch. BEAUMONT, Haut Medoc, 2015   (90+)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 3% Petite Verdot,   (30% new oak barrels)  
Ch. CAMENSAC, Haut Medoc, 2015   (92)
57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot,   (70% new oak barrels)  
Ch. CANTEMERLE, Haut Medoc, 2015   (92+)
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot,   (40% new oak barrels)  
Ch. CHASSE SPLEEN, Moulis, 2015   (91+)
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot,   (40% new oak barrels)  
Ch. CLARKE (Baron Edmund de Rothschild), Listrac Médoc, 2015   (93)
70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (all new oak barrels)   projected 18 months of oak aging.  Eric Boissenot now consults. No longer overtly rustic. This is far and away the best Ch. Clarke I have ever tasted.
Ch. du RETOUT, Haut Medoc, 2015   (90+)
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 4% Petite Verdot in Cussac. Traditional, more rustic style of Haut Medoc. I get it but it is not my style (I prefer Ch. Tour Salvet).
Ch. DUCLUZEAU, Listrac, 2015   (90+)
15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 85% Merlot,   (20% new oak barrels)  
Ch. FOURCAS BORIE, Listrac, 2015   (91)
10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 75% Merlot, and 15% Petite Verdot,   (20% new oak barrels)  
Note: Ch. Ducluzeau and Ch. Fourcas Boire are from Bruno Borie and the team at Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou
Ch. GOULEE, Medoc, 2015   (90)
19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 77% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc,   (15% new oak barrels)   From the team at Ch. Cos d’Estournel
Ch. HAUT MADRAC, Haut Medoc, 2015   (89+)
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot,   (30% new oak barrels)  From the team at Ch. Batailley
Ch. La LAGUNE, Haut Medoc, 2015   (91+)
From the southern Haut Medoc just south of the Margaux appellation.
Ch. MALMAISON (Baronne Nadine de Rothschild), Moulis en Médoc, 2015   (93)
80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon   (30% new oak barrels)    Eric Boisenot now consults. he has tamed the earthiness. This is the best Ch. Malmaison I have ever tasted.
Ch. MAUVESIN BARTON, Moulis, 2015   (91)
36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot     (33% new oak barrels)  
Ch. POTENSAC, Medoc, 2015   (92+)
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc,   (33% new oak barrels)  
CHAPELLE de POTENSAC, Medoc, 2015   (91+)
2ns vin de Ch. Potensac  23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 71% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petite Verdot,   (10% new oak barrels)  
Ch. SENEJAC, Haut Medoc, 2015   (92+)
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petite Verdot,   (30% new oak barrels)  From the team at Ch. Talbot
Ch. SOCIANDO MALLET, Haut Medoc, 2015   (91+)
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc
Ch. TOUR SAINT BONNET, Medoc, 2015   (90)
19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 76% Merlot, and 5% Petite Verdot
Ch. TOUR SALVET, Haut Medoc, 2015   (90+)
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and a whooping 19% Petite Verdot aged in a mix of oak barrels (some new) and concrete tanks. A more modern fruit oriented style Haut Medoc from the Cussac vineyards and team of Ch. Retout. A personal favorite for everyday drinking.
Les HAUTS de LYNCH, Haut Medoc, 2015   (90+)
2nd vin de Ch. Lynch Moussas with some grapes from vineyards just outside the Pauillac appellation.   76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot

PESSAC LEOGNAN Rouge
Ch. CARBONNIEUX, Pessac Leognan Rouge Rouge, 2015   (94-95)
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot,   (30% new oak barrels)  
Ch. CLOS MARSALETTE, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (91+)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc farmed at 40 hl/ha   (all French oak barrels; 40% new oak barrels)  
Ch. HAUT BAILLY, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (95-96)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 4% Petite Verdot (50% new oak barrels)   very Cabby tasting
La PARDE de HAUT BAILLY, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (92)
2nd vin de Ch. Haut Bailly   30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc   (30% new oak barrels)  
Ch. HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (98-100)
42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc,   (78% new oak barrels)  Beautifully integrated  Pure pleasure already     A top three wine of the vintage
Le CLARENCE de HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (95-97)
2nd vin de Ch. Haut Brion    42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc,   (33% new oak barrels)   After Haut Brion and La Mission, this 2nd wine is the next best wine of the Pessac Leognan appellation. Terroir talks!
Ch. la MISSION HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (96-98)
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 58% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc,   (78% new oak barrels)  The clear runner up to Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan.
LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (93)
2nd of La Mission Haut Brion    45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc,   (35% new oak barrels)  
Ch. Le PAPE, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (91+)
25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 75% Merlot,   (30% new oak barrels)  a separate pessac Leognan property from the team at Ch. Haut Bailly.
Ch. Le THIL, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (90+)
100% Merlot on clay and limestone   (20% new oak barrels)    A separate Pessac Leogan property from the team at Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte.
Ch. les CARMES HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (95-96)
24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Franc grown on a unique terroir in a contiguous clos (walled vineyard) entirely within the city of Bordeaux cropped at 25 hl/ha  (all new oak barrels)   35% whole cluster.   80% new barrels 10% one use barrels 10% amphora plus some in oval foudre, 
Le CLOS de CARMES HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (93)
25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 75% Merlot from a separate property between Ch. Carbonnieux and Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte all oak barrels (70% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PAPE CLEMENT, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (94+)
Tastiest Pape Clement in years. The terroir is showing.
Ch. SMITH HAUT LAFITTE, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (95-96)
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot,   (65% new oak barrels)  
PETIT HAUT LAFITTE, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (91+)
One of two second wines of Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte   60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot,   (25% new oak barrels)  
DOMAINE de CHEVALIER, Pessac Leognan Rouge, 2015   (94++)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot,   (35% new oak barrels)  

POMEROL
Ch. BEAUREGARD, Pomerol, 2015   (93+)
75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from the team at Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte.
Ch. BOURGNEUF, Pomerol, 2015   (93)
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc grown on gravel and clay. Moueix team
Ch. CERTAN de MAY, Pomerol, 2015   (93+)
4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot, and 16% Cabernet Franc grown on clay and deep gravel. Moueix team
Ch. CLINET, Pomerol, 2015   (94)
9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc,   (65% new oak barrels)  
Ch. GAZIN, Pomerol, 2015   (92+)
95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. GRACIA, Pomerol, 2015   (94+)
5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc
Ch. HOSANNA, Pomerol, 2015   (92)
82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc grown on on gravel and clay terroirs  Moueix team
Ch. LAFLEUR GAZIN, Pomerol, 2015   (91)
98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Ch. La CROIX du CASSE, Pomerol, 2015   (91+)
91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc grown on thin red clay over limestone toward St. Emilion south of the village
Ch. La CROIX St. GEORGES, Pomerol, 2015   (95-96)
91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc from a vineyard that wraps around two sides of Ch. Le Pin and more and more tastes like it.   (50% new oak barrels – 20% 300 liter cigar barrels) 
Ch. La FLEUR PETRUS, Pomerol, 2015   (94-96)
92% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc, and .5% Petite Verdot   Moueix team
Ch. La GRAVE, Pomerol, 2015   (92)
91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc grown on gravel and clay terroirs.   Moueix team
Ch. La POINTE, Pomerol, 2015   (93+)
84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, (50% new oak barrels)   Hubert de Bouard is the consultant.
Ch. LAGRANGE, Pomerol, 2015   (88)
96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc
Ch. LATOUR a POMEROL, Pomerol, 2015   (93)
96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc grown on gravel clay and sandy gravel    Moueix team
Ch. Le GAY, Pomerol, 2015   (92)
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc   barrel fermentation with pigeage
Ch. NENIN, Pomerol, 2015   (94)
67% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc on Sand terroir   (35% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PETITE VILLAGE, Pomerol, 2015  (91)
9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 71% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc,   (60% new oak barrels)  
Ch. PETRUS, Pomerol, 2015   (97-99)
100% Merlot (50% new oak barrels)  

Ch. PLINCE, Pomerol, 2015   (91+)
74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc grown on sand    Moueix team
Ch. TAILLEFER, Pomerol, 2015   (91+)
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Ch. TROTANOY, Pomerol, 2015   (95-96)
93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, , and on mixed Clay with gravel and black clay over iron   Moueix team
DOMAINE de l’EGLISE, Pomerol, 2015   (93+)
94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  from Borie Manoux
VIEUX Ch. CERTAN, Pomerol, 2015   (97-100)
1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc,   (66% new oak barrels)  A top five wine of the vintage

ST. EMILION
Ch. BEAUSEJOUR DAUFFAU, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-96)
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc cropped at 34 hl/ha     (60% new oak barrels)    from Nicolas Thienpont
Ch. BELAIR MONANGE, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-96)
88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc grown on limestone and clay over limestone
Ch. BERLIQUET, St. Emilion, 2015   (93)
75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)   from Nicolas Thienpont
Ch. CANON la GAFFELIERE, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-97)
7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, and 38% Cabernet Franc,   (55% new oak barrels)   fully organic   From Stephan von Niepperg
Ch. CANON, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-96)
78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc
Ch. CHEVAL BLANC, St. Emilion, 2015   (98-100)
55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc at 29 hl/ha   (all new oak). No 2nd vin this year   Ethereal. One of the three best wines of the vintage.
Ch. CLOS FOURTET, St. Emilion, 2015   (95)
Ch. CLOS SAINT MARTIN, St. Emilion, 2015   (87)
5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Ch. DAUGAY, St. Emilion, 2015   (93)
8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc farmed at 45 hl/ha; (all French oak barrels; 25% new oak barrels)  
Ch. FIGEAC, St. Emilion, 2015   (97-99)
43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 28% Cabernet Franc grown on gravel terroir.   Made using pump-overs and submerged cap.    After Cheval blanc, the best wine of the appellation and one of the very best wines of the vintage.
PETIT FIGEAC, St. Emilion, 2015   (94)
48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc,   (30% new oak barrels)  So good I forgot I was tasting a 2nd wine.
Ch. GRAND CORBIN DESPAGNE, St. Emilion, 2015   (94)
1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, (all French; 50% new oak barrels)  
Ch. la DOMINIQUE, St. Emilion, 2015   (95)
2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc    This is a wine I had quit tasting but I’m glad I was prompted to try this. Living up to the potential of its terroir.
Ch. LAPLAGNOTTE BELLEVUE, St. Emilion, 2015   (93)
74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc,   Aged 12 months in (25% new oak barrels)  
Ch. LARCIS DUCASSE, St. Emilion, 2015   (94+)
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc,   (60% new oak barrels)  from Nicolas Thienpont
Ch. la CONFESSION, St. Emilion, 2015   (94)
71% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc (all French; 40% new; 25% Cigar barrels. The new oak barrels had Malo in barrels. The rest of malo was in tank.  From Jean Philippe Janouiex who also makes Ch. Croix St. Georges in Pomerol.
Ch. la MONDOTTE, St. Emilion, 2015   (96-98)
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Ch. PAVIE MACQUIN, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-96)
2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc,   (60% new oak barrels)  from Nicolas Thienpont
Ch. PUY BLANQUET, St. Emilion, 2015   (91+)
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Ch. QUINAULT l’ENCLOS, St. Emilion, 2015   (94)
19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 69% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc grown on gravel with a little clay in a warmer microclimate in the city of Libourne.  (50% new 450 liter barrels)
Ch. QUINTUS, St. Emilion, 2015   (95-96)
76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc from the former Ch. Tertre Daugay and Ch. l’Arrosee now owned and made by Domaines Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion) (37% new oak barrels)  Best wine yet from this new venture.
Le DRAGON de QUINTUS, St. Emilion, 2015   (92)
2nd wine of Ch. Quintus.   1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 76% Merlot, and 23% Cabernet Franc,   (33% new oak barrels)  
Ch. TROPLONG MONDOT, St. Emilion, 2015   (94-96)
Ch. TROTTEVIELLE, St. Emilion, 2015   (96-98)
2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, and 49% Cabernet Franc   (Some of the Cabernet Franc is pre-phylloxera and so on its own roots)   (100% new oak barrels)  
La DAME de TROTTEVIELLE, St. Emilion, 2015   (91+)
2nd wine of Ch. Trotteviele   58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc,   (70% new oak barrels)  
Ch. TRUQUET, St. Emilion, 2015  (91+)
20% Cabernet Sauvignon (yes, Sauvignon – not Franc) and 80% Merlot grown in a gravelly area (rare for St. Emilion) near Ch. Figeac fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. 
Ch. VIEUX CLOS St. EMILION, St. Emilion, 2015   (91)
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 5% Malbec grown on sand
CLOS de l’ORATOIRE, St. Emilion, 2015   (93)
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (40% new all French oak barrels)   From Stephan von Niepperg
L’IF, St. Emilion, 2015   (96-97+)
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc,   (50% new oak barrels)  Newish chateau from Jacques Thienpont of Ch. Le Pin and Cyrille Thienpont (son of Nicolas Thienpont)

OTHER RED APPELLATIONS
20 MILLE, Bordeaux, 2015   (91+)
100% Merlot planted at 20,000 vines per hectare (5,000 is standard)
Ch. AMPELIA, Cotes de Castillon, 2015   (91+)
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, all French oak barrels 35% new; 
CAP St. GEORGES, St. Georges St. Emilion, 2015   (91)
Ch. CROIX MOUTON, Bordeaux, 2015   (90+)
98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Ch. d’AIGUILHE, Cotes de Castillon, 2015   (93)
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc,   (all French ; 30% new oak barrels)   30 hl/ha on clay over iron clay. 20 hectares in organic farming   This is the reference standard for Castillon.
Ch. La DAUPHINE, Fronsac, 2015   (90+)
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc   Rustic with some black fruit.
Ch. la PRADE, Cotes de Francs, 2015   (91)
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc,   (33% new oak barrels)  
Ch. le CONSEILLER, Bordeaux, 2015   (90+)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ch. PUYGUERAUD, Cotes de Francs, 2015   (91)
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec,   (25% new oak barrels)  
VIEUX Ch. SAINT ANDRE, Montagne St. Emilion, 2015   (92+)
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc,   (20% new oak barrels)   The home of former Ch. Petrous winemaker and now consultant Jean Claude Berrouet.
RECOMMENDED 2015 DRY WHITES

BLANC de LYNCH BAGES, Bordeaux Blanc, 2015   (94)
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon, 17% Muscadelle,   30% tank 70% oak barrels (all new oak barrels)  Fresh, alive, vivid.
Ch. CARBONNIEUX Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (94-95)
75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon,  25% new oak barrels  Best Carbonnieux Blanc yet.
Ch. CHARMES GODARD Blanc, Francs – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2015   (91+)
25% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Gris, no ML, 500 liter oak, 10% new oak barrels. Fresh, focused, exotic. The Gris makes a difference.
Ch. CLOS MARSALETTE Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc, 2015   (92)
65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon,     30% new barrels   A sort of baby Haut Brion Blanc.
Ch. d’ AIGUILHE Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc, 2015   (93)
100% Sauvignon Blanc grown in Castillon, barrel fermented in all seasoned oak. Fresh, exotic and delicious.
Ch. HAUT BRION Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (98-100)
Stunning swirl of mineral, fruit, and oak. Easily the best dry white wine of Bordeaux.
Ch. LA MISSION HAUT BRION Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (97-99)
33% Sauvignon Blanc, 67% Semillon,     50% new barrels   Dimensional. Swirls in mineral and fruit and a touch of the exotic.
Le CLARTE de HAUT BRION, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (92)
2nd vin of both Ch. Haut Brion & Ch. La Mission Haut Brion Blanc    27% Sauvignon Blanc, 73% Semillon,   (55% new oak barrels)  
Ch. MALARTIC LAGRAVIERES Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (92)
85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon,     65% new barrels  Freshness personified
Ch. PUYGUERAUD Blanc, Francs – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2015   (90+)
60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sauvignon Gris     fermented using no malolactic in all stainless steel tanks  The Sauvignon Gris rocks.
Ch. SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (95-96)
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris,   (50% new oak barrels)  
Les HAUTES de SMITH, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (91)

100% Sauvignon Blanc,   Aged 12 months in all oak barrels (all French ; 50% new oak barrels)  
PETIT HAUT LAFITTE Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (92+)
80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon,  (50% new oak barrels)  
COS d’ESTOURNEL Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc, 2015   (90)
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon,   all oak barrels (15% new oak barrels)  
DOMAINE de CHEVALIER Blanc, Pessac Leognan Blanc, 2015   (94)
75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon,   (50% new oak barrels)  
PAVILLON BLANC du Ch. MARGAUX, Bordeaux Blanc, 2015   (96-99)
100% Sauvignon Blanc cropped at 20hl/ha     20% new oak with some barrels 400 liter and 500 liter rather than the standard 225liter    Used only 1/3 of fruit from vineyard. The rest was sold in bulk. Best dry white wine of Bordeaux without the words “Haut Brion” on the label.

RECOMMENDED 2015 SWEET WHITES
Ch. BASTOR LAMONTAGNE, Sauternes, 2015   (92)
From the team at Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte.
Ch. COUTET, Barsac, 2015   (94)
23% Sauvignon Blanc, 75% Semillon, and 2% Muscadelle,   (50% new oak barrels)  Fresh and alive.
Ch. d’YQUEM, Sauternes, 2015   (98-100)
25% Sauvignon Blanc and 75% Semillon,   (100% new oak barrels)  Stunning.
Ch. DOISY DAENE, Barsac, 2015   (94+)
Ch. DOISY VEDRINES, Barsac, 2015   (93-95)
Fresh and delicious with a fine mineral core.
Ch. GUIRAUD, Sauternes, 2015   (94)
Delicious, vivid. Sweet but not too sweet.
Ch. RIEUSSEC, Sauternes, 2015   (96-98)
14% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon. Wow.
CARMES de Ch. RIEUSSEC (2nd vin), Sauternes, 2015   (92)
7% Sauvignon Blanc, 87% Semillon, and 6% Muscadelle,
Ch. SUDUIRAUT, Sauternes, 2015   (93)
6% Sauvignon Blanc and 94% Semillon