This week has been a very busy week for the 2015 Bordeaux campaign with several new releases, including Léoville-Barton, Climens, Giscours, Le Dôme, Croix de Beaucaillou, Branaire-Ducru, Lagrange, Duhart-Milon and Lascombes.
We can, of course, offer many other wines not listed in the offer below, so please get in touch to ask.
£575.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
94-96 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Léoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot (…) Matured in 60% new oak, it has a more compelling and intense bouquet than the 2015 Langoa-Barton at this early stage, whereas in other years I have found the siblings closer together. It delivers some lovely blackberry, sage and cigar box scents. The palate is very refined with edgy tannin, beautifully balanced with seamlessly integrated oak. It is the classic Léoville-Barton style, full of energy and showing more breeding than the Langoa on the finish. This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville-Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years. Bravo Anthony, Lilian et al. Drink 2025-2055.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“86% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Merlot. 60% new oak. Wonderfully fragrant bouquet that is redolent of blackberry, scented Asian black tea overlain with a subtle hint of tobacc0.Creamy, refined tannins add to the wine’s sophistication & style. Layers of complex, multi-faceted dark fruit intrigue and enchant the mid-palate. Nobility of structure that is perfectly in harmony with the pristine fruit. Fine persistence. Drink 2023-2045+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
£260.00/Cs (6 x 75cl) IB
96-98 The Wine Advocate
“(…)Aromas that spring from samples included acacia honey, orange blossom, grapefruit and a little frangipane, all beautifully defined and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a dash of spice on the entry, lively in the mouth with ginger and a dash of pepper tincturing the honeyed fruit, long and sustained as it fans out with vigor. This is a fabulous Climens from Bérénice Lurton and her team, and as usual, those with wise heads will opt to lay bottles down for 15 years to get the most from this special Barsac. It is destined to be a great Climens – and that’s no April Fool’s joke. Drink 2025-2060.” 96-98 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
£385.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
94-96 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 “…reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s.” That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost “untamed” at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression…and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property. Drink 2025-2060.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot,5% Petit Verdot. 50% new oak. Wonderfully ripe blackberry fruit interwoven with fragrant bergamot & violet notes. So clean, pure & refined with lovely fluidity and charm. The tannins are refined and textured with gentle grip. Very good concentration but all in glorious harmony. Drink 2022-2045+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
£450.00/Cs ( 6x 75cl) IB
94-96 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Le Dôme is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on October 2 and 6. It has a clean and precise bouquet, tightly wound at first, gently warming up, developing more delineation and focus. This might be a more understated Le Dôme compared to recent years, but you might argue more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive density, a vein of dark chocolate on the entry that is rapidly overtaken by layers of lightly spiced black fruit. The finish is tightly wound at the moment, but it will open by the time of bottling. What I like here is the fineness of the tannin, something not always exuded by Maltus’ top cuvée. It simply expresses the joys of Cabernet Franc and it should age nicely over the next 5-20 years. Drink 2021-2045.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“There are very few wines in Bordeaux with as much Cabernet Franc as Le Dôme, and the freshness and leafy, violet-tinged perfume are gloriously apparent here. Grassy and elegant (despite the high alcohol), it’s got plenty of tannin and fruit weight but finishes with remarkable zip. Drink 2022-35.” 96 Points Tim Atkin MW timatkin.com
La Croix de Beaucaillou
£320.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
91-93 the Wine Advocate
“The 2015 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy “deuxième vin” that just needs a little more persistence on the finish. Drink 2021-2045.” 91-93 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.60% new oak. Pure & focused with good intensity of dark plum & Morello alongside cassis. Fragrant and charming. Fresh & precise with a neat tannic frame. All pretty well-judged. Drink 2020-2032+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
£395.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
90-92 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc (…) Matured in around 60% new oak (although as usual my barrel sample was from a new oak barrel), it has a high-toned, black cherry and cassis scented nose that perhaps feels a little constricted by the new wood in this sample, though not necessarily once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry, white pepper and a touch of sage, gritty tannin, foursquare and a little conservative. There is commendable weight on the finish, if not quite the precision compared to its peers. I noticed this gaining more cohesion in the glass, which bodes well for once the Branaire-Ducru is in bottle. I expect this to rest at the top of my banded score. Drink 2020-2040.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc.60% new oak. Very elegant from the start. Lifted aromatic floral tones meld beautifully with the dark cassis & dark cherry fruit. Precise, gentle & serene. As so often, a wine of no excess. Trim & poised. Very good finale. Drink 2021-2035.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
£310.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
90-92 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Lagrange is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, continuing the estate’s philosophy including more Cabernet in the Grand Vin (for example, in 2005 it was just 46%.) Cropped at 50 hl/ha and matured in around 50% to 55% new oak from six different cooperages, it has a tightly-knit bouquet with blackberry, cedar and light rose petal scents, elegant in style. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, moderate weight in the mouth, not as intense as either the 2009 or 2010, although it is harmonious and graceful. There is a pleasant spicy, white pepper note that lingers on the aftertaste of what should be one of the earlier drinking Saint Julien wines. Drink 2020-2040.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“75% Cabernet Sauvignon,17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Lovely density of spiced blackberry fruit with nuances of spring flowers. Very ‘flatteur’ in style with commendable restraint and elegance. Seductive, sculpted finely-grained tannins provide an ideal framework for the refinement of the fruit. A very good result. Drink 2021-2035.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
£510.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
90-92 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot picked between September 23 and October 6, the September 17-23 respectively. It will eventually see 40% new oak during its élevage. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and cassis fruit, moderate complexity, perhaps just a little static at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with quite supple tannin for the normally obdurate Duhart-Milon, the acidity nicely judged with a pleasing salinity towards the finish. I would just like to see more personality come through by the time of bottling. Otherwise, this is a fine Duhart-Milon that is more compromising than the tannic “beasts” of yesteryear, and it should drink after 5-7 years in bottle. Drink 2020-2048.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. Creamy blackberry bouquet crammed with intense dark minerally/graphite-flecked fruit. Tannins are very well-mannered – present but with fine graining and texture. Tight mineral core with a hint of balsamic & liquorice. A very good Duhart that shows more élan than recent vintages. Drink 2022-2040+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin.
£535.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB
89-91 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Lascombes has a dense, rich bouquet with licorice and cigar box-infused black fruit and a touch of wilted violet. It feels rather tight-fisted compared to its peers in the Margaux appéllation. The palate is very smooth on the entry, plenty of new oak here, balanced but for want of a better word, missing some personality – especially on the finish that feels just a little labored. Drink 2019-2032.” 89-91 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
“50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.70% new oak. Packed with heady black summer fruit with a whisper of florality. Well-mannered tannins with a silken profile. Plenty of weight & substance here but all in balance. There is enough acidity to keep the palate fresh. Drink 2020-2032+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin
H2Vin Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur Offer
- The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2018 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates.
- All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges. All wines are offered subject to being unsold and to final confirmation.
- As always we will do our best to honour last year’s buyers’ repeat requests as fairly as possible. Please bear in mind that there will be strict limitations on this year’s stocks, especially the very top châteaux, so all wines are offered subject to availability.
If you would like to know more about our Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur offering or to register your wish list, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms & Conditions for En Primeur Purchases
All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges.
Payment should be made by BACS Transfer, Cheque or debit or credit card at the time of order.
At the time of purchase, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise us where you would like your wines to eventually be delivered.
As soon as our En Primeur shipments arrive at London City Bond, we will contact you to advise you of any additional payments that are due. When withdrawing wine that has been held in bond from a bonded warehouse, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines, as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.
Please note that as soon as you have been notified that your wines have arrived in our bonded cellars in the UK, delivery must be arranged immediately. There is a 2 week grace period and thereafter storage charges will be incurred at the rate in force at the time. We do not provide a wine storage facility, but we can recommend other specialists. For any unpaid storage costs, your stock may be sold to cover these charges.
Wines staying Under Bond
- If you have your own bonded storage account at London City Bond Tilbury, then once you have provided us with your account details, we can arrange a Transfer Under Bond. No further charge.
- If you have a bonded storage account in another bonded warehouse, we can arrange for London City Bond to transfer your wine under bond. In Bond transfers outside of London City Bond Tilbury to other London City Bond Warehouses in England (including Vinotheque) will be charged at £10.50 per individual transfer for up to 240 bottles and must be paid before the transfer request is actioned. In bond transfers to London City Bond’s warehouse in Scotland will be charged at £21.00 per transfer for up to 240 bottles. Delivery to Octavian is £28.00 per individual transfer for up to 120 bottles (then £2.80 per dozen thereafter). Please also advise us of your account details so that we can arrange the transfer.
Delivering Duty Paid
- If you would like us to organise delivery of your wine Duty Paid, there will be a small delivery charge (at cost) as our En Primeur offers only include landing at London City Bond Tilbury. At the time of delivery to your home address, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.
Minimum Order: One standard case (12 x 75cl bottles, 6 magnums, 24 half bottles or a pro-rata combination thereof).