7 Bordeaux Red Wine Bargains for 2015
In our latest Mid-February Interim Issue, Lisa Perrotti-Brown makes her debut as The Wine Advocate’s new reviewer for Bordeaux. Titled “Something for Everyone,” the report notes the wonderfully heterogeneous styles across the area’s many communes, singling out three stellar 100-point wines and 40 great value bargains.
"My exceptional confidence in Lisa's impeccable palate, work ethic, integrity, writing and communication skills are all reflected and reinforced in this comprehensive report where the 2015s from Bordeaux come alive in her notes as she expertly analyzes this strong vintage, the finest for the region since 2010. She is the go-to source for accurate, reliable and sensible Bordeaux critiques," comments Robert M. Parker, Jr., on the new report.
So where are the bargains in 2015? Perrotti-Brown notes that, “there is a huge amount of value to be had this vintage coming out of Fronsac, Sanit-Émilion (especially grand cru level), Pomerol and their satellites as well as Pessac-Léognan. […] Sommeliers, restaurateurs and beverage directors around the world should have a field day purchasing 2015 wines from these areas at very reasonable prices and in abundance.”
Below, seven outstanding Bordeaux red wine bargains for 2015, all under $50 or less:
“Full-bodied, rich and opulent, hitting the palate with a powerful and compelling wall of black and blue fruits plus oodles of spicy accents, it has gorgeous, velvety tannins and fantastic length.”
“The medium-bodied palate is firm, grainy and fresh with delicate red fruits and an earthy finish.”
“Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Dalem spent 18 months in part new and part one-year-old oak barrels.”
“The medium-bodied palate is firm with energetic fruit, a lively backbone and a long, earthy finish.”
“Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it has plenty of freshness and nice plush tannins, finishing on a fruity note.”
“Medium to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a lively backbone of muscular fruit, it finishes with an herbal lift.”
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 La Vieille Cure has some cedary notes to begin, giving way to scents of red and black currants, blackberries and forest floor plus hints of truffles and iron ore.”
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