Bordeaux 2015 report: Marvellous Pomerol
Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.
Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines.
Below are my personal reviews to the wines and would be interesting to see how much are the prices of these bottles.
2015 Chateau Beauregard: Floral, elegant, delicate with dark berries and plum. Very drinkable even now from the freshness. A nicely produced one! 91
2015 Chateau Bourgneuf: Dark fruit driven but not as intense as other wineries. A bit green and with tannin bitterness from the sample I tasted. Pretty balanced acidity and good length. 89-91
2015 Chateau Certan De May: Round and intense red berries. A bit woody and rough tannin from palate resulted in some level of bitterness. There was some high alcohol feeling in the sample. 90-91
2015 Chateau Clinet: Tasted 3 times in 3 different occassions. Very consistent in the performance. Rich and intense floral first cames to the nose. A mix of dark and red cherry in palate, and came then some sweet spices, vanilla and coffee. Very charming and elegant. Opulent with really good structure. Long finish. One of my highly rated ones from right bank! 96+
2015 Clos de Clocher: Intense dark fruit driven with hint of chocolate and roasted coffee, pretty powerful but tannin was still round and velvet. Quite good length. 92
2015 Chateau La Conseillante: A combinatin of dark and red fruit, elegant with not over powerful tannin. Fresh, fruity, long length. A wine can drink at young or can age. I can say its the one of the best vintage of La Conseillante that I have tasted. 94-95
2015 Duo De Conseillante: Easy to drink but with good freshness and fineness. Pure with nice acidity and adequate fruitiness. Already very enjoyable now. A very good second wine. 90-91
2015 Chateau Gazin: Opulent, floral, violet, concentrated red fruit with hint of oak and vanilla. Long length with depth, long ageing potential from the texture of the wine. Lovely one! 94-96
2015 Chateau La Fleur de Bouard: (from Lalande-de-Pomerol) Pretty toasty for both of the times I tasted. Dark fruit driven with roasted coffee and chocolate. Good length, intensity and structure. Quite firm tannin. 90+
2015 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus: Rich, intensive fruit, in a mix of both dark and red, and Elegant with very smooth and silky tannin like a Hermes scarf slipping through your hand. Really sweet and feminine, delicate and complex. Very long finish of sweet red plum and cherry. This is my favourite from JP Moueix. 95-96
2015 Chateau La Grave: Medium body with good avidity and length. Fine and elegant black and red cherry. Silky tannin. You can find the just-in-time-ripened fruit in the palate (not over-ripened). Hint of toast at the back of palate. Pretty easy to drink and good for early drinking. 91-93
2015 Chateau Lagrange: Intense and rich with aromatic red and black berries. Tannin is quite high but not astringent at all. Sufficient acidity and good length. 90-91
2015 Chateau Latour A Pomerol: Intense and rich dark fruit but with a bit powerful tannin. The integrated structure and freshness has saved the wine from the tannin. 92-94
2015 Chateau Rouget: Sweet but concentrated, sweet red fruit like plum driven with some spices, quite powerful yet smooth and fresh. 90
2015 Siaurac (from Lalande-de-Pomerol): Lots of red berries in palate, fruit driven, easy to drink and quite direct with the style. 88
2015 Chateau Trotanoy: Concentrated dark berries, plum and liquorice with hint of sweetness. Very intense, powerful and big wine with plenty of tannin. It was a big contrast to taste after La Fleur-Petrus in totally two styles. I personally prefer La Fleur-Petrus than Trotanoy. 92-93
2015 Vieux Chateau Certan: Rich, concentrated ripened red berries, red plum and dry fruit, very charming in structure and complexity, long finish. Compare to 2014, 2015 vintage showed more power for ageing but still in fine acidity, freshness and silky tannin. Just simply love it! 96-98
The tasting of Saint-Emilion will be coming and after that we will go back to the Left Bank.