Summer seemed endless, with fine weather as the vineyard turned russet and resisted well, without blockage or wilting. Everything was just right… if September played the game, the number 5 spell could well come true!
Alas no, in part of the Médoc vineyard in September, all hell broke out… On the left bank, the vintage was forked: draw a 45th parallel from Saint Julien… Indian summer in the South, English summer in the north! 200 millimetres of rain fell during the ripening and harvesting periods!
The next great, brazenly glorious vintage after 2010! Five years is a long time to wait! Certainly, the lucky ones had the highly contrasted 2014 to enjoy in the meantime, but when would the big vintage, that would make the winegrower so proud of his terroir, come and hit us?
From the vine to the glass
Uncork a vintage 2015 today, and discover an elegant, sleek wine with that “drink me again” taste, which makes us forget the watery end of the journey. Fruit, ripe fruit, is present and the very measured maturing process finally made this a premium ambassador for contemporary, easy, complex wines.
The nose is already very expressive prior to the first aeration, and the second nose is reminiscent of blackberry and blackcurrant jam. A floral touch is discreetly perceived.
On the palate, the wine excites the taste buds, transmitting minerality and silkiness, with fine tannin concentration. When they loosen their grip, the tannins are soft and ripe.
The endless finish is borne on spicy notes. A veritable vibration invades you. A great wine now, but with cellar potential too; sweetness gradually fades to make way for more floral aromas, with the faded rose, so characteristic of Hanteillan limestone.