Bordeaux 2015 Médoc: A ‘modern’ vintage full of charm, says Steven Spurrier
Spurrier praised the fruit dominant, modern style of many Bordeaux 2015 Médoc wines, in an interview on his initial impression of the vintage to .
‘The whole of Médoc has done very well and my line is Bordeaux is back,’ he said, speaking at Château Belgrave, where estate owner and negociant Dourthe held its primeur tasting.
A ‘modern’ style
‘There’s a great difference in my view between the modern style, which means making a lot of the fruit, and the old-fashioned style which is still a bit rustic.
‘It’s not like Bordeaux 10 years ago, when tannins could be hard as nails. In 2015, the fruit dominates the tannins and the acidity.’
It’s not 2010, but it will ‘have a big place in people’s hearts’
Spurrier stressed that he didn’t feel the 2015 en primeur wines were quite at level of the greatest vintages so far this century.
‘In hindsight, I think this vintage will be viewed less good than 2005, 2009 and 2010 but only fractionally less good.’ He drew comparison with 2001, adding ‘everyone says it’s less good than 2000, but everyone loves drinking it. This 2015 vintage will have a big place in people’s hearts.’