Cru Bourgeois 2015 tasting - the best wines
Médoc in Bordeaux - more affordable than collectors-only trophy wines of the world-famous estates yet a step-up from the entry-level.
The Médoc covers the entire area and also includes several smaller appellations where quality (and prices) are generally higher - Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Margaux, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe.
2015 was a good vintage for Bordeaux and, on the basis of these wines, seems to have favoured Cabernet over Merlot, with the wines being darker, fuller and generally more substantial adn ageworthy.
This year, there are 271 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, up around 10% from prior years and perhaps reflecting the vintage.
These were my top wines:
Rollan de By 2015 (c. £20+, Cambridge Wine Merchants) supple and juicy with bramble fruit and oaky spice; firm and assertive with peppery, minty fruit and substance. Will age. very Good.
Chateau d'Agassac 2015 (£23, Bibendum) dark, inky, spicy and focused; spicy, long and linear. Very adept and deft. Will age. Very Good.
Chateau Bernadotte dense, inky and still closed-up; long and substantial with fine tannins. Needs age and will improve. Very Good.
Clos La Boheme focused, poised and substantial; long, supple and harmonious. Still young. Very Good.
Chateau Paloumey complex, dark and inky; fruited, minty and oaky; long and substantial. Will age well. Very Good.
Chateau Reysson supple, harmonious, substantial and fresh; focused, minty and fruited. Will improve with age. Very Good.
Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux dark, inky, spicy and fruited; adept, supple, firm, complex and substantial. Will age well. Very Good.
Chateau d'Arsac plump, focused, pure and substantial; minty and fruited. Still closed up, will age and only improve. Very Good.
Chateau Deyrem Valentin complex, oaky, minty and fruited; supple, harmonious and long. Still closed up and will improve with age. Very Good.
Chateau Lafitte-Carcasset (c. £20 - £30, Fine & Rare) fresh, juicy and supple with a muscular core. Long, deft and adept. Still young. Very Good.