After tasting 1,300 Bordeaux 2015 wines in France, James Suckling and his team concluded that the vintage is truly living up to its great potential. Red, white or sweet, the wines show wonderful harmony, intensity and freshness. Here are 10 from the 2015 vintage that have scored a perfect 100 points. Each one is conclusive proof that Bordeaux is back
CHÂTEAU MARGAUX MARGAUX A haunting young wine that shows a subtle and hidden strength on the nose with rose petal, currant, currant leaves, stone and plum. Wonderful ripeness yet brightness, too. Takes your breath away with the intensity and structure. Fullbodied, powerful and muscular, yet there’s an agile undertone. Compact and condensed. A new legend for Margaux. The 1961 that didn’t happen. Try in 2024.
CHÂTEAU TROTANOY POMEROL Breathtaking aromas of perfectly ripe fruit with blackberry, black olive, liquorice, cedar and sweet tobacco. Full body, incredible depth and power, yet this is always in reserve and check. Everything is in the right place for this new legend from Trotanoy. Try it in 2026. Will age for decades. 100 points
CHÂTEAU CANON SAINT-EMILION Seductive. The nose draws you in deep. It’s like staring into a well of pristine dark cherry, dark plum, blackberry and mulberry. All the oak is perfectly subsumed. The palate’s flawless, with immense depth and power, and it’s so balanced as to appear to float. Immaculate fresh dark berry and plum flavours. Silky and deep, ribbon-like finish. Perfect. Best from 2022.
CHÂTEAU BÉLAIR-MONANGE SAINT-EMILION Blue fruit, minerals, lavender and liquorice aromas are wonderful. Full body and ultra-refined tannins with an integration and refinement that make the wines seamless and beautiful. The powerful tannins hide from you at first, but what structure in the end. It goes on for minutes. Try in 2024. 100 points