2015 Pomerol Tasting Notes Vintage Report Tips for Best Wines to Buy

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2015 Clinet 2015 Pomerol Tasting Notes Vintage Report Tips for Best Wines to Buy

2015 Pomerol wines are the stars of the vintage. 2015 Pomerol at its best can easily be described bottled decadence, hedonistic thrill rides of almost unequaled sensual pleasure. They are often close in quality to the best 2009 Pomerol wines. There are also several chateaux that have really kicked their game up to an entirely new level with this vintage. Those producers made better wine in 2015 than they did 6 years ago, in the 2009 vintage. 2009 has been my personal benchmark vintage for Pomerol, so that is saying something.

You can compare 2015 Pomerol with 2001, 1998, 1964 or 1950 because all those previous vintages share an important commonality. They were all much better vintages for the Right Bank, than they were for the Left Bank. If you are a fan of Right Bank wines, as a wine buying consumer, you should be thrilled! And not just for the chance to add stunning wines to your cellar. The reason is, in most years when better wines are produced in the Right Bank than in the Medoc, prices are often lower for Pomerol and St. Emilion than they are in vintages when both banks are equally sublime, for example; 2010, 2009, 2005 or 2000. Most of the soon to be in-demand wines have not been offered yet En Primeur. But they are going to be offered for sale in the near future, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

If you want to read about 2015 Bordeaux tasting notes for all the other appellations in Bordeaux, please see: 2015 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting Notes, Ratings reports

2015 Pomerol is the product of a near perfect growing season. A mild winter led to a warm, spring. Budbreak took place slightly later than usual in mid April. The spring was sunny and warm. The flowering, in early June was quick and even, two very important factors that need to take place in a great vintage. Perhaps the hot, dry, almost drought conditions from June 15 to July 22, with absolutely no rain had the biggest impact on the 2015 Pomerol wines. Had those dry conditions continued, the vintage could turned out completely different. But the August rains provided the necessary moisture for the growth cycle to continue. With one exception, the best 2015 Pomerol wines were all produced from estates with deep clay soils. You can read about the 2015 harvest and vintage in detail to give you a good idea on what took place during the growing season for the entire Bordeaux region: 2015 Bordeaux Vintage and Harvest Report

With 2015 Pomerol, most of the growers started picking Merlot by September 15. With very few exceptions, the Cabernet Franc was brought in by the start of October.

2015 Beauregard – Blending 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this wine releases the sweet perfume of plum and cocoa on the nose. Medium-bodied, seducing you with a fresh, plum character and soft tannins, but the herbal streak in the finish stands out. Clearly, the wine has improved under the new owners direction and I expect it to continue getting better over the next several vintages. But it has further to go. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 Bel-Air-Pomerol – Medium-bodied, fruity and better than in previous vintages, despite that pesky herbal note in the end that leap frogs the plummy fruits and permeates the finish. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Bon Pasteur – Lush, sexy, fat, rich, ripe berries with licorice, chocolate and a blast of kirsch — that’s just the foreplay. This curvaceous, prom date of a Pomerol is full-bodied with concentration and depth of flavor. This wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.85. The Grand Vin was produced from 75% of the harvest. 92 – 94 Pts

2015 Bonalgue – Medium-bodied in a pleasant, forward, soft, albeit, simple, fresh, spicy, earth and red berry character. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 Bourgneuf – Earthy, spicy cherries, medium-bodied with a soft, polished, red berry center. Not very deep, but the wine still manages to show much more elegance than usual. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 Certan de May – Sensuous fresh, sweet, round and supple, this wine feels like silk on your palate. The ripe, plum and cherry notes attention seeking notes in the end stick with you. 92 – 94 Pts

2015 Clinet – It’s difficult to know where to start with this deep, ruby colored wine. The first thing you notice is the floral bouquet, which is quickly followed by anisette cookies, cherry blossoms, spice box, plums and, just for a touch of adrenaline, a hint of espresso. Pure sensuality with silky, polished, opulent tannins that give this wine a really sexy mouth feel. Voluptuous in texture, this is hedonism at its best. The wine is rich, concentrated and full-bodied, leaving you reclined upon layers of freshness, power, finesse and velvet. This is quite close to the stunning 2010 Clinet in quality. With that in mind, it’s important to note that the best vintages of Clinet always improve in the bottle and I’m willing to bet this is no exception. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The wine is aging in 65% new, French, oak barrels. The harvest for the Merlot took place from September 15 to October 1. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were picked in one day, October 1. The Grand Vin consists of 74% of the harvest. Drinking this wine is like sitting in an easy chair with an Elite model on your lap! 98 – 100 Pts

2015 Clos-de-la-Vieille-Eglise – Plum and mocha on the nose, this wine is medium-bodied, soft textured and ends with a newly-picked, piquant, herbal, cherry finish. This wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. This could be the best wine yet from Clos de la Vieille Eglise. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 Clos-du-Beau-Pere – Medium-bodied and as fresh, sweet and bright as a high school valedictorian, this wine is all about dark, red fruit with plums and chocolate cake at its core. The experience culminates with licorice, vanilla and fresh, black raspberries. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 Clos du Clocher – Silky and long with truffles, black cherry, soft, polished tannins and a refined, elegant, silky, chocolate and ripe, sweet, juicy plum finish. Yes, I like this wine. 93 – 95 Pts

2015 Clos LEglise – A blanket of deep, dark, red punctuated with peppery aromatics and complicated by black cherry liqueur, flowers, caramel, truffle and licorice, this wine is rich, full-bodied and concentrated with silky, supple textures and a fiery, fresh finish. The Merlot harvest started September 8, finishing September 15. The Cabernet Franc was picked in one day, September 23. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 94 – 96 Pts

2015 Clos Rene – Licorice, smoke and juicy plums percolate on the nose of this medium-bodied wine. Soft, likeable with fresh, but light cherries and black raspberries in the finish. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 Croix du Casse – With plum, licorice and floral scents, this wine is medium bodied, ending with fresh, black cherries and a surprise twist — a hint of mocha. Give this just a year or two of aging before consumption. The wine was produced from a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 de Sales – Light, bright, crisp red fruits abound with an herbal and earthy, lean, simple, red plum finish. Springtime in Pomerol. 83 – 85 Pts

2015 Domaine-de-LEglise – Black raspberries, night blooming blossoms, cocoa, a smattering of fennel and a touch of mint on the nose. Medium-bodied, silky tannins, soft in texture with a cocoa-dusted, earthy flair and fresh, black cherries in the finish. Unfortunately, there is a hint of bitterness in the finish that prohibits this wine from scoring higher. The wine was made from a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 Enclos Tourmaline – Like an intricately cut garnet, there is a purple inflection in the color, supple in feel with silken tannins and a rich, chocolate-covered, plum finish straight outta Saint-Germain-des-Pres. This beauty should be even better with at least 5 years of age. The wine reached a healthy 14.8% alcohol, but there is no touch of heat, just pure, sweet, delectable fruits. Produced from 100% Merlot and using only micro vinification techniques, the grapes were whole berry fermented and 10% of the stems were retained to give the wine more structure and freshness. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 1. In only three years, Enclos Tourmaline has turned out to be a solid contender amongst the great wines of Pomerol. 94 – 96 Pts

2015 LEvangile – Dark in color and dark in fruit, it’s easy to lose yourself in the flume of smoky, black plum liqueur. Inviting with truffle, licorice and wet earth, this is a full-bodied, silky, plush, intense, sumptuous and luxurious wine. Very sexy with red velvet tannins and real density of fruit, there is a lovely expansion of rich, dark chocolate, spice, truffle, espresso and black cherry liqueur in the lengthy finish that is not soon forgotten. From a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. Picking took place between from September 15 to October 5. The Grand Vin was made from 70% of the harvest and will be aged in 100% new, French oak. 98 – 100 Pts

2015 Fayat – Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, red fruits, earth, espresso and plummy notes in a forward, easy-drinking style. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Feytit-Clinet – Lavish with the enchanting scent of coconut, along with blackberry, black cherry, flowers, cocoa and boysenberry, this is bottled opulence. Dark red in color, a velvety ball-gown of a wine with the essence of purity in the fruit, this could be the best wine they have ever produced. Made from a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol. The spectacular finish is free from heat or any jammy qualities. 94 – 96 Pts

2015 Gazin – Concentrated and near bottomless in length and depth, this wine is ripe with dense color and a stratum of sweet, juicy plums, truffle, floral and cocoa notes. This should develop quite well, adding additional nuances and softer texture as it ages. The wine was made from a blend of 95.2% Merlot and 4.8% Cabernet Franc. 94 – 96 Pts

2015 Hosanna – Licorice, espresso, spice box and black cherry liqueur dash out of the gate and off the block into the perfume. On the palate, this wine is all about the smooth textures and dense, lush, black plums and black raspberry liqueur in an endless finish. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. The wine was produced from a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. 95 – 97 Pts

2015 La Cabanne – A bowl of sun-ripened, hand-polished plums adorned with spice and cherry notes, this wine exhibits earthy complexities, soft tannins and freshness, making this the best vintage of La Cabanne I have ever tasted. 90-92 Pts

2015 La Clemence – A medium-bodied, forward, round, direct style of Pomerol, with a soft, fruity character for early drinking. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 La Conseillante – Lithe and limber florals with sweet, lusciously ripe berries that seduce your tongue with a sensuous, velvety feel. Blending 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc produced a wine that reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. The key to this vintage was the parcel selection. The first vintage with Marielle Cazeaux at the helm has turned out to be a winner! 95 – 97 Pts

2015 La Croix de Gay – Medium-bodied, soft and polished, this wine isn’t deep but the fruits are ripe, fresh, round and elegant. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 La Croix St. Georges – With a touch of espresso bean, licorice, plum and smoke, this wine is fat, succulent, plush and polished like a plump but well-coiffed torch singer ready for a set. 92 – 94 Pts

2015 La Fleur de Gay – Plummy, rich, plush and polished, the fruits are tender with sweetness and the tannins are silky with refinement. 91 – 93 Pts

2015 La Grave Pomerol – A medium-bodied, finesse-styled, elegant wine, infused with red berries and graced with ripe tannins. Its forward personality gives way to a polished finish. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 La Gravette de Certan – Medium-bodied with a touch of flowers and sweet, red fruits, soft textures and a confident, spicy, fresh approach for early drinking. The wine was made from 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 La Patache – Licorice, black raspberry and wet earth on the nose lead you to a medium-bodied, soft wine with a fresh, sweet, dark plum and cocoa finish that has some persistence. Clearly, this is the best vintage the team has produced of La Patache. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 La Petite Eglise – A charming little number with all the renown qualities of Pomerol readily apparent at first sip — elegance, silky textures, ripe, sweet, dark, red berries, plum and a lot of freshness. 90 – 92 Pts

2015 La Pointe – It’s difficult to find value in Pomerol, but it can be done. Medium-bodied, fresh, plummy and floral, this wine finishes with dark, red fruits, cocoa and a little zing of spice. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 La Violette – Produced from 100% old vine Merlot and packed with something akin to forbidden fruit, this liquid luxury shows a deep, antique ruby color. On the nose, this wine is alive with violets, licorice, cherry blossoms and smoke. A hint of barbecue brings to mind a risqué and unmentionable little romp in the family tree house. On the palate, this wine is like rolling around in Pratesi linens on a hot, sultry night with your dream date. The wine is rich, concentrated, lush and sensual. Silk and velvet tannins and loads of juicy, sweet, moist, fresh berries with the ironic essence of purity and chocolate accents make this a hedonistic thrill ride. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. Good luck finding any, the production was a mere 350 cases. That means only 349 cases are left, as I am buying one of them! 97 – 99 Pts

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2015 Lafleur – With come-hither textures and a beautiful purity of fruit, this wine achieves a racy sensuality that leaves you wanting more. In a display of mastery, this wine is opulent with velvety tannins and a dazzle of sweetness on the palate. This was so good, I wanted, no make that needed to take another taste. And when the coast was clear, I grabbed another! The wine is a deep, long kiss that is concentrated, clean, precise and fresh, with an impressive textural component. Produced from a blend of 51% Cabernet Franc that was picked on two separate dates, October 1 and 2 and 49% Merlot that was picked September 11 and September 15, the wine reached 14.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. 98 – 100 Pts

2015 Lafleur-Gazin – Medium-bodied, fresh, soft, elegant and forward with cherry-tinged fruit, this wine has smooth textures and freshness in the finish. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 La-FleurPetrus – It is like walking into your neighborhood flower shop to find an open jar of licorice and a vat of fresh-squeezed cherries amidst the arrangements. Elegant, supple and alluring, the crushed velvet tannins are outstanding when paired with all that ripe, sweet, lush kirsch liqueur in the finish. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. The blend is 92% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and for the first time, a dab of Petit Verdot was included in the wine at .05%.
94 – 96 Pts

2015 Lagrange Pomerol – This value-priced Pomerol is not a wine I see often. With a light, ruby hue, this wine combines earthiness with light, soft, red cherries and a hint of crisp raspberry in the finish. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Latour-a-Pomerol – This wine has been getting better and better since the 2009 vintage, and 2015 is no exception. Fresh, silky and round, it serves up sweet, ripe, polished cherries and an earthy persona. The finish kicks in nicely with layers of black raspberries anointed with a bit of spice. 92 – 94 Pts

2015 Le Gay – A deep, jewel of a color, this wine is filled with black plum liqueur, flowers, black cherry and fig aromatics. Opulent, sexy and with depth of character, like the ultimate first date, it’s ripe with tremendous potential for a long-term pleasure. With tannins as velvety as the thighs of a virgin bride, there is an expressive, sensual, hedonistic texture awash with dense, ripe plums, chocolate, truffle and caramel covered nuts in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% old vine Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place from September 27 to October 8. The Grand Vin was made from a whopping 50% of the harvest, so it’s going to be hard to find this wine — only 16,000 bottles were produced! I have a tendency to under estimate this wine in barrel, as there is so much going on, so I would not be surprised to see this get even better in the bottle. 96 – 98 Pts

2015 Le Moulin – Oaky in the nose, this wine is round and polished and the fruit is ripe, but there is an overriding sensation of oak at this point that hopefully will better integrate with time. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 LEglise Clinet – Prepare yourself for a lush mélange of the darkest of dark fruits mingled with truffle, espresso, earth, plum and floral aromas, which pop with little effort. This wine is fertile, deep and concentrated. The character is focused, talkative, lively and laden with sensuality and tannins that feel like spun silk. On the palate, the fruits move from black to red to black again. There is length, volume, intensity and lavishness and the fresh, spicy fruits stay with you from start to finish. Blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.68 and will be aged in 70% new, French, oak barrels. The harvest took place between September 21 and September 25. 97 – 99 Pts

2015 LEnclos – A refreshing glimmer of strawberry with plum and spice are the first things you notice in the nose. Medium/full-bodied, silky and soft, the plums are fresh, spicy and delight the palate. You can drink this young or wait a while. This is clearly the most impressive vintage I’ve tasted from L’Enclos. From 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (surprise!), the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. 90 – 92 Pts

2015 Maillet – A new wine from Pomerol! Chateau Maillet, along Hubert de Bouard as consultant, has created a wine with winning character. On the palate, this wine is all about its juicy, fresh, plum liqueur, black raspberry, floral and truffle personality. The finish is like sinking into a fine feathered, hotel boudoir, quite silky and long with a line of dark chocolate on your pillow. There is no sensation of heat from the 14.5% alcohol level. The wine was produced from a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 93 – 95 Pts

2015 Manoir de Gay – From 100% Merlot, this wine, which is the second wine of Chateau Le Gay, is medium bodied, soft, polished, fresh and displays a gentle, plummy character. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 Montviel – Blending 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc produced an elegant, silky, medium-bodied, soft and sweet Pomerol with an appealing character that sells for a song. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 Nenin – Cocoa, flowers, plum and cherry notes on the nose, with fresh kirsch and cherry griotte on the palate. The finish gives you even more cherries, crisp cassis and a basket of strawberries. This wine was produced from 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc and reached 14.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The Grand Vin is 70% of the production. This is certainly a contender for the best vintage of Nenin ever produced. The owner, Jean-Hubert Delon has definitely committed to making better wine, and it shows! 91-93 Pts

2015 Pensees de Lafleur – Medium/full-bodied with fresh, juicy, dark plums and earthy scents, this wine quickly shifts to the palate with fruit that is fresh, sweet, bright and spicy, along with a soft, plush blanket of tannins. The wine was produced from a blend of 54% Merlot that was harvested on September 21 and 36% Cabernet Franc that was picked October 2. 90 – 92 Pts

2015 Petit Village – Perhaps the best vintage of Petit Village I’ve ever tasted! This wine offers real density for the first time. There is a richness and a fleshiness to the sweet, corpulent, ripe, black cherries and cocoa that make it impossible not to like. The wine was made from a blend of 71% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-93 Pts

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2015 Petrus – Violets, lilies and the wrapper of a fine, Cuban cigar appear without the asking and fuse expertly with black and blue fruit, smoke, incense and damp earth. On the palate, this wine is pure eroticism in texture, royal, arousing yet discreet and with an exotic, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and licorice presence in the finish. There is length, intensity and a deep, decadent endnote that must last at least 60 seconds. Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine reached 14.6% with pH 3.7. The harvest started September 14, finishing September 29. What made this vintage extraordinary for Petrus was the extended hang time, which for most years is close to 45 days. But with the 2015 vintage, the hang time during the harvest took between 50 and 60 days. 99 – 100 Pts

I know what you’re thinking. Don’t deny it. You are wondering what’s up with the stuffed dog and the 2015 Petrus. Right? 2015 is the first year for my yellow labrador, “Hercules” aka “Herky” as the official Petrus mascot. And it’s the prefect vintage for it too, as evidenced by my tasting notes. So, the next time you are at Petrus, please ask to see Herky. He’s right there either in office or above the vats on the rafter. I have to admit, I’ve been to Bordeaux and Petrus at least 20 times and this is really a great, personal honor. Yes, I know, I am a little bit nutty about my dog. But that’s part of the fun that comes with being owned by your dog. Or, something like that!

2015 Plince – Soft in texture with a light whisper of fresh plum and cherry, this wine is elegant in style and will be best in its youth. 87 – 89 Pts

2015 Rouget – Medium-bodied and forward with round, polished, sweet and spicy, red fruits and licorice that feel great and taste even better, this wine is fresh and smooth and wraps with polished, sweet plums and a dash of spice. 91 – 93 Pts

2015 Sacre Coeur – From 100% Merlot, you’ll find a medium-bodied, soft, silky, forward Pomerol with a supple-textured, plummy, dusty finish that should drink well on release. 88 – 90 Pts

2015 Saint-Pierre-Pomerol – Medium-bodied with cherry, floral and earthy notes, this wine is soft, silky and fresh, ending with spicy, red fruits in the finish. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 Taillefer – Medium-bodied with thyme, fresh herbs, cherries and a forward style, this wine will drink well young. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Trotanoy – Incredibly sensuous with cashmere tannins and a hedonistic personality, this feels like polished velvet on your palate. The fruits are perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh and pure, moving from dark plums to black cherries and back again. The wine is light on its feet, but in a good way, as there is a wealth of fruit in every sniff, sip and opulently-textured taste. This is an indulgence of pleasure at its best. The wine was made from a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. 96-98 Pts

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2015 Vieux Chateau Certan – Fresh flowers, ripe, cherry blossoms, truffle, licorice and cocoa start off the perfume. This wine has volume, concentration and freshness. On the palate, it displays a beautiful sense of symmetry, purity, sweetness and billowy tannins, leaving you with richness of flavor, freshness of fruit and lush, palatial textures. If you’re a thinking man with a penchant for blissful pleasure, this is your Pomerol. Blending 80% Merlot with 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. Picking took place September 17 and September 18, September 22, 23 and September 28, finishing October 2. 75% of the harvest was included in the Grand Vin, which is much higher than usual. 96-98 Pts

2015 Vieux Maillet – Fruity with a focus on the black raspberries and cherry notes, this wine is medium bodied, forward and ends with a green olive tapenade in the finish. 85 – 87 Pts

2015 Vieux Taillefer – Short, soft, sweet and to the point, this medium-bodied, early-drinking Pomerol offers ripe, round fruits for a fair price, from an ever increasingly, fertile region. 86 – 88 Pts

The following wines are from Lalande de Pomerol. Because 2015 Lalande de Pomerol was so strong this year, due to the great style and low cost factor for most of these wines, the appellation deserves your attention.

2015 Chambrun – Smoke, licorice and mouthwatering plums with dusty tannins and a fresh, clean palate presence of cherries in the finish. 89 – 91 Pts

2015 Jean de Gue – Medium-bodied and light in color for the vintage, this wine boasts bright, red fruit, a chiffon-like texture and definitely leans to the early-drinking side of life. 84 – 86 Pts

2015 La Chenade – Ripe, sweet and fruity, with a happy-to-meet-you, open, easy, black cherry character. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Les Cruzelles – Using 80% Merlot and more Cabernet Franc than usual at 20%, this wine has licorice, flowers, cocoa and black cherry notes in the nose. Soft in texture, there is a plush, roundness in the tannins, sweetness in the black fruits and a near prurient essence in the fixture that insures this vintage will deliver a lot of pleasure. 90-92 Pts

2015 La Fleur de Bouard – Black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso bean generate the perfume, leading to a smooth, delicate texture and a dark chocolate, cherry core. This elegant wine has good weight, freshness and sweet fruits that enhance and extend the cordial-like finish. 91 – 93 Pts

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2015 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus – An Intense, cherry liqueur penetrates the senses before submitting to the essence of lilies, irises and Gourdon flowers. A profusion of tobacco, cocoa and hints of blueberries waft through the olfactory receptors as you sip this fine 100% Merlot. This wine is like rare Turkish velvet woven around a lingering note of licorice, dark chocolate and espresso. The supple textures really carry through from the delectable start to the scrumptious finish. 94 – 96 Pts

2015 La Graviere – With 92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is soft, fruity, medium bodied and forward with a light, sweet, fresh, cultured cherry finish. 86 – 88 Pts

2015 Siaurac – The best Siaurac ever produced. This wine delivers soft, polished textures, ripe, black raspberries, cocoa, licorice and an earthy component. Having more weight and density than usual, it finishes with sweet, polished black raspberries and dark cocoa. 90 – 92 Pts

We are getting there! We have only 2 major reports on 2015 Bordeaux to go. Our next article is on all the great Bordeaux value wines from the Right Bank from Bordeaux Superieur, Cotes de Bordeaux, the Satellite regions and more. We will follow that up with our biggest report on 2015, with tasting notes and ratings on close to 150 different wines from St. Emilion! We should have both articles out by Friday.

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