Friday, August 17, 2018

2015 Bordeaux

2015 Chateau Haut Bergey Pessac Leognan....$28.99
Attractive violets, cassis and wild herbs on the nose, which leads into a sturdy palate, which has a firm wedge of tannins amid flavors of currants and cassis. Best from 2020.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 Chateau Haut Brisson St. Emilion....$28.99
This is the best Haut-Brisson ever showing ripe dark plums and chocolate on the nose, which is so seductive. The palate is all about the silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Full body, gorgeous fruit and a complex aftertaste. So precise and impressive. Texturally complete. Drink or hold." (2/2018) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The new wood flavors are strong here. They go with a minty character and bright acidity. The wine is dry and concentrated, with a firm core as well as juicy black fruits. It is beginning to balance well.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
Rated 92/100 Vinous

2015 Chateau Saintayme Saint Emilion....$21.99
A Denis Durantou wine that is 100% Merlot, located in St-Étienne-de-Lisse. Because Durantou is so attuned to terroir, you get a masterclass here on the effect of limestone. At first this is austere to the point that you are scraping your tongue along a slate wall. I know I am a fan of that style, but wow, this is intense! It showcases stunningly tight tannins, with a freshness that flows right through the bilberry and blackberry fruits.
Rated 94/100 Decanter
Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux...$97.99
The 2015 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and was matured in 65% new and 35% one-year-old barrels for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up a myriad of softly spoken fresh berry, floral and fragrant earth notes, including crushed red and black currants, black raspberries and menthol notes with touches of cigar box, lavender, violets, smoked meats, black truffles and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, the palate possesses an arresting quiet intensity of many tightly wound, subtle layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note. Very polished and precise, this Rauzan-Ségla is truly a triumph!
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
Rated 96/100 Vinous
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

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