IN­CRED­I­BLE VIN­TAGE

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Wine -

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.

100 points

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.

100 points

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

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