First Taste of 2015 Bordeaux Full of Promise
Critics and vignerons will argue for many months about whether 2015 is a great vintage or just a very good one, but it is certainly fascinating and unusual.
Brisk acidity, crunchy, ripe fruit and powerful tannins are strands that run through the most successful wines.
“It’s a vintage of freshness,” Fabien Teitgen, winemaker at Smith Haut-Lafitte, one of the celebrated grand cru classés of the Graves, told Wine-Searcher. “The key factor in 2015 was water,” he added. First, the lack of it in June and July, and then the rain that fell in August, hydrating vines that were beginning to become stressed.
Graves and the Right Bank were particularly lucky with their rains. “It came just at veraison,” Gabriel Vialard at Haut-Bailly said, “and it released essential nutrients in the soil.” It was still an exceptionally dry summer in Saint-Émilion, with the lowest rainfall for 20 years, with temperatures higher than average from April to August.