Chateau Gazin - £480/cs (12) – is one of the biggest names thus far to release its 2015 to the market. In recent years, Gazin’s winemaking team have been refining the style at this famous Pomerol chateau and I’ve noticed the difference as the wine has been quietly out-performing itself and moving up the rankings at our annual blind tasting in Southwold. The wine is far less rustic than vintages of old and the tannins have a much greater degree of polish and finesse. 2015 is a year that favours Pomerol and Gazin is shot through with a delicious seam of mineral freshness. There are only a few cases available, though, so please don’t sit on your hands it you’re keen to have some in the cellar.
From St Estephe’s famous 2nd growth Calon Segur, Chateau Capbern is thoroughly delicious, a screaming success of the vintage and sure to be one of its best value wines. The sweet, ripe, blackcurrant characters really capture the fruit purity and succulence that define 2015 Bordeaux. This is an enormous amount of wine for £140/cs (12).
With the release of Chateau Doisy Vedrines (£130 per 12 halves) we have almost completed our planned purchases of sweet wines from 2015. This Barsac estate is a consistent performer and the 2015 displays purity, intense and spicy botrytis, and pitch-perfect balance.
Christophe Reboul-Salze is one of my favourite people in the Bordeaux trade. He is a great friend to Averys, we have followed the wines from his personal estate since the very early vintages, and he hosted a lovely dinner for us at the chateau during our April visit. For these reasons, I’m hardly unbiased about the release of Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva - £85/cs (12) – so here is the review from critic Antonio Galloni:
‘The 2015 Gigault Cuvée Viva jumps from the glass with remarkable richness and intensity. Sumptuous, racy and intense, the Cuvée Viva is a picture-perfect example of the year. Silky tannins add to an overall impression of creaminess in a ripe, flamboyant Côtes de Blaye that is a real overachiever. Raspberry jam, menthol and sweet spices wrap around the expressive finish. Julien Lavenu and Romain Bocchio are the consulting winemakers. Tasted two times.’