Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Pre-Vinexpo Update

By Fine+Rare

May 23rd, 2016

As the Bordelais have shipped out for Vinexpo Hong Kong, we round up what has happened in the En Primeur campaign at FINE+RARE so far...

Top Releases So Far

By this time last year, many of the big names had already come out. However, as predicted, this year they appear to be holding off until after Vinexpo. The speed at which releases from Lafleur, Hosanna, Pontet-Canet, Malescot St Exupery, Pape Clément and Leoville Barton have sold out suggests that when the First Growths and their peers do eventually come out, these will be snapped up in a heartbeat.

Many collectors also appear to be using this En Primeur campaign as an excellent opportunity to pick up high-quality, great value "drinking Claret" in bulk and magnums, such as Tour St Christophe, Sénéjac, Marojallia, l'Evêché and Haut Brisson.

Wines have been selling rapidly across the board here. As one of our Account Managers put it: "it hasn't been like this since 2010."

At time of writing, there are still countless excellent wines available. Some of our top recommendations are:


This has flown off our books in light of how well Margaux performed in 2015:

"Clearly the best Giscour since 1970 and 1975." 96-97 points - James Suckling

"Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property." 94-96 points - Neal Martin

"The 2015 Giscours is terrific. In fact, this may be one of the very best recent vintages I have tasted here." 91-94 points - Antonio Galloni


It is remarkable that any of this small production, cult following St Emilion remains after James Suckling placed it above Cheval Blanc:

"A fabulous Valandraud with verve and distinction" 98-99 points - James Suckling

"This will be a stunning Valandraud to savor over the next couple of decades, though it will be difficult to resist temptation in its youth." 95-97 points - Neal Martin

"Deep, and beautifully layered." 93-96 points - Antonio Galloni

  CLIMENS 2015

Neal Martin positioned this only fractionally behind the world's most famous sweet wine, d'Yquem, and at the same level as Doisy-Daëne Cuvée l’Extravagant, a wine more than five times the price:

"Those with wise heads will opt to lay bottles down for 15 years."  96-98 points - Neal Martin

Critic Scores & Pending Releases

As already discussed, we are yet to see the top-rated wines released. But interestingly, when you look across the critics' scores there is little agreement on what the top-rated wines of this vintage are. You only have too look at the variance in the very top-scorers by critic below:

Jancis Robinson's Top Scorers: Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and d'Yquem (19 points)

Neal Martin's Top Scorers: Haut-Brion, Vieux Château Certan, Pétrus, Canon, Margaux and d'Yquem (98-100 points)

James Suckling's Top Scorers: Ausone, Canon, La Mission Haut-Brion, Lafleur, Margaux, Pavie, Pétrus and Trotanoy (100 points)

Antonio Galloni's Top Scorers: Ausone and Vieux Château Certan (97-100 points)

Tim Atkin's Top Scorer: Lafleur (99 points)

Decanter's Top Scorers: Cheval Blanc, Mouton Rothschild and Margaux (98 points)

Wine Spectator's Top Scorers: de Fargues and Trotanoy (96-99 points)

To allow you to read between the lines and assess the broader appeal of these wines, FINE+RARE's website provides and average critic score. View them here. This places the top scorers in the following order:

This makes these the real wines-to-watch and we expect sparks to fly on their eventual release. To be in with a chance of securing these wines, talk directly to your Account Manager or set alerts by following the links above.

Wines You May Have Missed

Amongst the melee of releases this week, here are couple with dwindling availability that may have passed you by, but that are worthy of serious consideration:


Many critics have highlighted how well second wines have shown in this vintage. This is no exception:

"A juicy and savory second wine from Ducru." 93-94 points - James Suckling

"This 'second wine' showed extremely well even next to the grand vin." 17 points - Jancis Robinson

"...serious, age worthy tannins." 94 points - Tim Atkin


Côtes de Bourg's premier producer has impressed the critics and was, at time of writing, more than £250 cheaper than the 2009:

"...gorgeous mastery of tannins... Already gorgeous!" 17 points - Jancis Robinson

"Powerful and explosive with a real sense of energy." 90-93 points - Antonio Galloni


This perennial favourite is out and this is a good opportunity to pick up large formats:

"This is very nicely done." 90-93 points - Antonio Galloni

" perfect balance." 92 points - Decanter

"Full body, round tannins and a savory finish." 92-93 points - James Suckling


Outscoring 2009 and over £50 a case lower in price, with potential 94 points from many critics:

"The 2015 Latour-Martillac is terrific" 91-94 points - Antonio Galloni

"This is a superb Pessac-Léognan from the estate - one of the best in recent years." 92-94 points - Neal Martin

"A firm and beautiful wine..." 93-94 points - James Suckling


Priced lower than 2005, 2009 and 2010, this white really impressed Neal Martin and James Suckling:

"What a fabulous white Bordeaux from the estate, certainly one of the best that I have ever encountered." 93-95 points - Neal Martin

"A brilliant and intense white with oyster shell, lemon, pear and sea salt character." 94-95 points - James Suckling

Keep up to date with all the releases, news and critic scores here: Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur

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