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2015 Bordeaux - A Historic Vintage of Exceptional Quality and Value - 01/15/2018 - Red Bordeaux

2015 Bordeaux is now mostly in bottle and early confirmations have made clear that high expectations have been fulfilled. This is also the point where the market and demand goes up again, so it is a very savvy time to secure remaining allocations at these prices before they starting landing this year.

After a few quiet vintages in Bordeaux, collectors were anxious for something special, and in 2015 they got precisely what they had hoped for. The 2015s are magnificent through and through offering a classic Bordeaux profile that is neither too opulent nor too restrained. Across the board, from the top chateaux to the hidden gems, 2015 delivered a bevy of collectible wines that will reward both in the near term and for the decades to come. Assembled here are our top picks from this magnificent vintage. The offerings here span a range of styles and prices, so there’s something for every Bordeaux lover. When compared to other celebrated vintages in the modern era, like 2005, 2009, and 2010, the 2015s are very attractively priced and make for excellent additions to any cellar.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) 93 $16.99 View
2015 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 91 $24.99 View
2015 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 93 $27.99 View
2015 Poujeaux, Moulis (Pre-Arrival) 94 $31.99 View
2015 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) 95 $32.99 View
2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 93 $34.99 View
2015 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 96 $42.99 View
2015 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 97 $49.99 View
2015 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2015 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 97 $66.99 View
2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 97 $69.99 View
2015 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 93 $69.99 View
2015 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2015 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 98 $79.99 View
2015 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2015 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 97 $77.99 View
2015 Beauséjour (Duffau), St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 99 $109.99 View
2015 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 98 $119.99 View
2015 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 99 $119.99 View
2015 Certan de May, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 97 $129.99 View
2015 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) 98 $149.99 View
2015 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) 99 $149.99 View
2015 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 98 $149.99 View
2015 La Conseillante, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 98 $169.99 View
2015 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 99 $199.99 View
2015 l'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 99 $249.99 View
2015 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 99 $599.00 View
2015 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 100 $599.99 View
2015 Ausone, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) 100 $999.99 View
2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc 90 $19.99 View
2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe 93 $21.99 View
2015 S de Siran, Margaux $21.99 View
2015 Godeau, St-Emilion 93 $24.99 View
2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 90 $34.99 View


2015 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) ($16.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Impressive ripe blackberry and darker plum fruits with notes of earth and warm stones. The palate has a supple, even-paced and fresh fruited heart of red cherry and plum fruits. Smooth tannins flow long. Try from 2021." (02/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is the best Lanessan for a long time, perchance because Mon. De Bouard is consulting? (NM)" (04/2016)

Vinous: "The 2015 Lanessan is an attractive, mid-weight wine that will drink well upon release. Dark red cherry, plum and sweet floral notes add to the wine's open-knit personality and considerable appeal. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 01, 2016

Very sweet and lovely texture. Elegant wine.

2015 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($24.99)

88-91 points Vinous: "A large-scaled, ample wine, the 2015 Le Thil, 100% Merlot from argillo-calcaire-rich soils in Pessac, offers notable depth and texture. Stone fruit, tobacco, mint and cinnamon are pushed forward in this succulent, juicy red. Silky tannins and a broad, creamy finish add to the wine's considerable near and medium-term appeal. This is a strong showing from proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, who are best known for the wines they make at their flagship property, Smith Haut Lafitte. (AG)" (04/2016)

88-91 points Wine Spectator: " *Barrel Tasting* Offers a fresh feel to the plum and blackberry fruit. Shows ample structure but remains rounded in feel. (Web Only2016)"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Le Thil, which is pure Merlot picked at the end of September to maintain freshness in the wine, offers an almost "sexy" bouquet of strawberry jam, fresh dates and raspberry preserve. The palate has a slightly chalky texture on the entry. Moderate depth with good tension, it has a touch of hardness towards the granitic finish that will dissipate by the time it is in bottle. For a pure Merlot, it has a broody personality, so perhaps afford it 1-2 years in bottle before broaching. (NM)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: This property was purchased by Florence and Daniel Cathiard along with a group of investors in 2013. The wine has always been good--but now it will be even better. This 2015 is delicious. Tons of blackberry fruit aromas and flavor. Will drink well when young.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

Under the leadership of the Cathiard family of Smith Haut Lafitte, this property is making great value winesthey have the excellent terroir for red wines and, in fact, pulled all the white grapes out.

2015 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($27.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Dark berries with chocolate and lightly toasted oak on the nose. Opens to a full body with silky tannins and a focused and fine finish. Shows tension and beauty. Drink or hold." (02/2018)

92 points Decanter: "A highly enjoyable wine from the Ducru Beaucaillou stable, which performed well in 2015. This is a little softer on the mid-palate than the 2016 vintage, but is a good value, fleshy and juicy expression of St-Julien with plenty to enjoy. (JA)" (11/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A dense wine with great fruit, this has a velvettexture and great elegance. There is structureof course from the firm tannins that stay in thebackground, while the main thrust of this wine is its great blackberry fruit. It will age and should be drunk from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot. Picked from 26 September until 2-3 October, it has a surprising bouquet: high-toned and exotic for the vintage, very intense cassis and iodine aromas, perhaps needing just a little more complexity to come through, though I am sure it will by the time of bottling. The palate is more controlled at the moment, restores order as it were. The tannins are quite dense, lending weight to this Lalande-Borie, the acidity is nicely judged and the finesse finally comes through towards the finish. (NM)" (04/2016)

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Lalande-Borie is an attractive, mid-weight Saint-Julien to drink over the next handful of years, while the fruit retains its freshness. This is an especially lithe, feminine Saint-Julien built on grace more than power from iron and sand-rich soils on the western side of the appellation. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Château Lalande-Borie is more perfumed and extroverted compared to the 2016 and gives up lots of ripe black cherry and strawberry fruit characteristics as well as more graphite, spring flowers, earthy minerality and toasted oak. Textured, medium-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, it shines more for its elegance and nuance than power. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years." (11/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "On the softer side, with alluring mulled spice, black tea and warm fruitcake aromas and flavors emerging from the core of gently steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Perfumy mesquite and incense notes gild the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

**Sleeper Pick** Owned by Bruno Borie. Plush, ripe, and polished with dark and spicy fruits. Delicious and will drink well early. A consistent favorite.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Another sleeper from the Bruno Borie, the Lalande-Borie is velvety, supple and lush with a round, silky mouth-feel and lingering spicy finish. This is going to drink great upon release!

2015 Poujeaux, Moulis (Pre-Arrival) ($31.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Suave, brambly mixed summer berry fruits take center stage on the nose with a very nicely layered palate carrying fresh bright berry flavors into an upbeat finish. Smart wine. Try from 2022." (02/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Poujeaux is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It has a high-toned, floral bouquet with kirsch and raspberry coulis notes, opulent for this Moulis, but it manages to retain control. The palate is chewy on the entry with mouth-coating tannin, solid in the mouth, brutish at the moment, although the finish does show satisfactory freshness, and is long and minerally. This will be intriguing once in bottle. (NM)" (04/2016)

88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle tea and sandalwood notes meld nicely with the core of lightly steeped red currant fruit. Features a gentle cocoa powder edge on the elegant finish. (JM)" (04/2016)

88-90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Poujeaux is shaping up to be a huge overachiever in this vintage. Rich, layered and generous, the 2015 offers considerable near and medium term appeal. This is a strong showing from the Cuvelier family. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu are the consulting winemakers. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Decanter: "Big, plummy but lifted Cabernet-Merlot flavours. Shows the usual richness of Poujeaux with more finesse and grip this year. " (04/2016)

Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Château Poujeaux is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated red that includes 42% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Its a medium-bodied, classic, workhorse styled beauty offering lots of currant and black cherry fruits, plenty of minerality, fine tannin and solid concentration. It has more density than most Moulis and will keep for 10-15 years." (11/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

Poujeaux is, and has for a long time, been one of the most serious wines you can find in its price bracket. The balance and precision achieved from this hallmark vintage will ensure exceptional ageability for years to come, and remarkable drinkability right now. It has notes of red currants, raspberry coulis and cherry kirsch, with plush, ripe tannins and beautiful acid lift for freshness on the back end. It would be a great idea to make a spot for a case or two of this in your cellar.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

Very fresh on the nose with red and black berries, spice, and cinnamon. Great fruit, medium bodied, and with firm tannins that will develop well. A superb vintage for Poujeaux.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

Another under $30 value from the great 2015 vintage in Bordeaux. Here the 50%+ of Cabernet brings out the red fruit and cassis aromas that follow to the palate. Great structure for the cellar but plenty of sweet, sexy red berry flavors. We always love this wine and it is even better these days under the team from Clos Fourtet.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

2015 Poujeaux is a perfect example why this wine has been a top selling wine here for decades. Beautifully polished, ripe sweet fruit with classic structure. The kicker here is the exquisite balance this wine always possesses. A serious wine of great taste; along with Cantemerle a candidate for the best value in left bank Bordeaux wine!

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

I always find this wine in a masculine style. Dark black fruits, with lots of licorice in the mouth; the 2015 still has those characteristics but is a bit more open and approachable then I normally find it at this young stage. Ripe, sweet middle fruit are still followed by some grippy tannins, but this all should come together in the bottle.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

A fine, elegant, well-balanced claret from a producer that has become the darling of the K&L staff. Along with Cantemerle, this is a wine I've started buying almost every vintage since 2009. The 50% of cabernet adds full-bodied structure, but the 40% of merlot gives a soft-fruited texture and finesse to the wine. Another fantastic value from Poujeaux and another wine I'll be buying at least a case of.

2015 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) ($32.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Impressive richness and clarity of red and dark berries. Lightly spiced-pastry aromas, too. The palate has a very crisp, polished and groomed tannin texture, as well as super fresh flavors that carry long. Great wine. Try from 2022." (02/2018)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "With structured tannins and red berry notes, this is already showing an elegant structure. It is the fruit that sings here, gently supported by the fine, dusty tannins. (RV)" (04/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cantemerle is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. It offers plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, not the best defined that I encountered among the Haut-Médocs, but with plenty of "stuffing." The palate is medium-bodied with supple red and black fruit on the entry matched with a fine thread of acidity. There is a pleasing crescendo in the mouth driven by that Merlot content and it finishes with some swagger. This is a very fine Cantemerle exuding joie-de-vivre that I can see doling out plenty of drinking pleasure over the next decade and beyond. (NM)" (04/2016)

91 points Decanter: "Deep and bright with a good attack of brambles, gooseberry and raspberry. It just doesn't quite deliver the suave tannins that you look for in such a brilliant vintage, although the relatively high 6% of Petit Verdot alongside the classic Cabernets and Merlot blend often gives a slight rusticity to them in the early years. One of the few wines in the Margaux region where I prefer the 2016, but this is still a lovely wine. Eric Boissenot consults. (JA)" (11/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Based on 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the inky colored 2015 Château Cantemerle offers a terrific bouquet of black currants, smoked herbs, earth, and hints of charcoal. Ripe, concentrated, rounded, and undeniably delicious, with ripe tannin, it's a terrific vintage for Cantemerle to drink anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (11/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, featuring ripe plum and cassis notes gilded with a floral hint and backed by subtle cedar, tobacco and iron notes. Textbook typicity. A rock-solid value. Best from 2019 through 2027. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Brimming with fruit on the nose but there is rather less on the palate. At most medium weight with some oak in evidence but a pretty Cantemerle with good ripe fruit." (04/2016)

Vinous: "The 2015 Cantemerle is ripe, juicy and forward, with good overall depth and plenty of juiciness. Sweet red cherry, new oak, herb, blood orange, anise and earthy notes wrap around the fleshy, inviting finish. This is an especially racy, forward style, but there is good tannic grip as well. (AG)" (04/2016)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

Deep robe. Black currant, violet, cassis, earth, and mineral on the nose. Seamless and plush on the palate with excellent density of fruit. Finishes full, long, and elegant. Impressive.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

Every year one of the wines I look most forward to tasting is Cantemerle. Always affordable and a perennial overachiever given its price this is a wine I always anxiously await to taste. The 2015 Cantemerle does not disappoint, this is a stunning value and loaded with pretty berry fruit and spice with hints of earth and mineral notes. Silky tannins and a long finish make this a worthy rival of both the 2009 & 2010 vintages.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

This could be for me the greatest value wine of the vintage. (Under $30). IT is so sweet and lush on the palate, but it also has tremendous depth and structure. Blackberry aromas and flavors-silky texture. Long and lingering on the palate-tasted three times and it was great each time. As good as the 2010 was, this may be a touch better-more polished. We sold over 8000 bottles of the 2010 ($37-$47)-we will sell that much of this beauty. A must buy.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Our entire team loved this wine and a 13% increase in price is very reasonable number for what might be Bordeaux greatest value. Great nose and taste of effusive black fruits with hints of earth, chocolate and wood all beautifully balanced! Loved it!

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

I tasted this wine on 3 separate occasions during our week in Bordeaux and loved it every time. Aromatic and wonderfully fresh, crisp fruit that is nearly silky in the mouth; Tannins are ripe and sweet with a long lingering finish. This is a wine to buy for sure!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Just a gorgeous wine both on the nose and on the palate. There's a ruby red core of sweet fruit and secondary flavors of rose petals and mineral notes that add complexity to that ripeness. A stunner and another notch in the ever-lengthening belt of Cantemerle's successes. Sure to be the staff favorite once the wine arrives two years from now. Make sure you get in early.

2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Merlot-dominant wine comes from a vineyard not too far from the river. It has acidity, freshness and a soft rounded texture. The black fruit is generous, soft and opulent. There are just enough tannins to give it a great shape. (RV)" (01/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot that will be aged in 70% one-year-old barrels and 30% new wood. Harvest was between 18 September and 9 October, the fruit mainly from the 'Sainte-Anne' terroir. It has a winsome bouquet in the making, almost Margaux-like with its hints of wilted violet petals coming through. The oak is nicely integrated here, as it is on the palate, medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannin, well-judged acidity and impressive depth on the tensile finish. An impressive Les Tourelles that, as always, has one eye on commercial appeal. (NM)" (04/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville offers lovely focus and intensity from start to finish. Lavender, mint, violet, spice and dark cherry nuances abound. A dollop of Petit Verdot in the blend adds aromatic brightness on the finish and a sense of direction that is impossible to miss. (AG)" (04/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "A straight-shooting Pauillac with quite brash structural appeal and youthful tannins that carve out a linear shape. Plenty of dark-berry flavors here. Try from 2021." (02/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Very bright crimson. Some real savour on the nose. Very polished and flattering with some firm tannins on the end. Early maturing, but clearly cosseted and benefiting from some very fine oak. Just a hint of sourness on the end. Dry tannins." (04/2016)

Decanter: "As with much of Pauillac, the long ageing has helped enrobe those tannins. This is enjoyable and very smooth. You are clearly in the Médoc in terms of cassis fruit and tannic backbone, but with an approachable twist that makes this ready to drink relatively soon. From a plot that is always used for Les Tourelles. (JA)" (11/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck: "A more Merlot dominated cuvee from vines next to Leoville Las Cases, the 2015 Les Tourelles De Longueville offers more cherry, underbrush, forest floor and floral notes, in a charming, forward, delicious style. Its already drinking beautifully but should be better in a few years." (11/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

What excites me the most about this superb 2015 vintage is the amazing values to be found in the second and third labels at great properties like Pichon Baron. Les Tourelles is made from a single, estate, Merlot-dominant plot and offers rich, open-knit fruit flavors of cherry kirsch, and strawberry with dark savory undertones and very smooth, silky, almost dusty, tannins. If you like to play the value game, like I do, this is a good way to win at it.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

Another 2nd wine that showcases the marvelous 2015 vintage. And what we often say about buying second wines in great vintages really holds true. Les Tourelles needs some decanting of course, but it is all there, the floral notes, cocoa, cassis and yet earthy. Outstanding.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2016

Blackberry jelly. More Cabernet in this blend.

2015 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($42.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This sister property to Château Giscours is firing on all cylinders with this wine. Rich, full of black currant fruit and dark tannins, it is dense while also supple. It has excellent aging potential and should not be drunk before 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sandalwood, rooibos tea and warm raspberry aromas lead off, with silky and refined waves of cassis, blackberry preserves and black currant paste. (JM)" (01/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 du Tertre is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% each of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, picked 9 September until 9 October, matured in around 47% new oak. The nose is impressive, more so than the 2014 twelve months ago with tightly-wound but very focused raspberry, cranberry and iodine aromas that gently unfurl with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure, impressive depth, a du Tertre with more substance and body than recent vintages. There is precision with satisfying length on the cedar and pencil lead finish. Alexandre Van Beek might have produced his best du Tertre to date (NM)" (04/2016)

92 points Decanter: "Full of a late summer evening feel, where the sense of exuberance fits the sheer languid sexiness of the thing. This has smoky oak, rich blueberries and charcoal. The ripe fruit is not precise so much as enticing; it's an unhurried and extremely beguiling wine. (JA)" (11/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "Quite a lot of cocoa powder on the nose of this, and that really adds something to the rich fruit and suave tannins that give this intensity. If the finish were a little brighter this would rate even more highly." (02/2018)

91 points Vinous: "The 2015 du Tertre is dark, pliant and inviting. Black cherry, plum, mocha, exotic spice and lavender are front and center. This is an especially dark, virile du Tertre. A host of game, smoke, tobacco and more feral notes develop in the glass to give the wine its masculine, virile personality. Du Tertre is an especially brooding Margaux. In 2015, the blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

This is the best du tertre I have ever tasted out of barrel. They lowered the % of Cabernet Franc and the wine sings. Tons of bright red currant aromas with a touch of violet on the nose. A big mouthful of fruit mixed with some asian spice and cassis. Long and lingering and a great buy.

2015 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95-97 points Vinous: "The 2015 Malartic Lagravière is a total rock star. Deep, powerful and exotic, the 2015 sweeps across the palate with stunning richness and intensity. The creamy voluptuousness of the vintage is on full display. The blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc works beautifully here. Rich, unctuous and also super-expressive, the 2015 is bursting at the seams with intensity. Dark cherry, mocha, plum and spice notes meld into the huge, effortless finish. This is an utterly thrilling wine from Malartic Lagravière, but it is also tightly wound and in need of serious cellaring. This is another stellar showing from the Bonnie family and consultant Michel Rolland. Don't miss it! (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Full of black-currant flavor, this firm wine has structure and a rich texture. Its bolstering tannins and vibrant acidity mark out an age-worthy selection. Spice tones and a dry core set the stage for a slow development into an even more complex and fulfilling wine. (RV)" (04/2018)

96 points James Suckling: "Deeper wine from the get-go with dark violets, mocha, cassis and blackberries. The palate has suave, smooth and sturdy tannins and terrific length. Very polished and seamless with flavors of fresh black cherries, blackcurrants and blue plums. Best from 2022." (02/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot that was harvested between 21 September and 7 October at 43 hl/ha, matured in 80% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet, a little more reticent than its peers at first, opening gradually with blackberry, raspberry coulis and strawberry pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a keen line of acidity, fresh and brisk with plenty of mineralité on the finish. This is a classic, serious Malartic with huge potential. Chapeau to the Bonnie family for creating a stupendous Pessac-Léognan. (NM)" (04/2016)

93 points Decanter: "Dark, rich, serious, well-extracted fruit; firm but with just the right pressure on the pedal. One that will age very well, continuing a run of strong vintages here. Cinnamon and black pepper spice from 7% Petit Verdot increasingly common in Pessac-Léognan. (JA)" (04/2016)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Malartic-Lagravière is also terrific and comes from a 46-hectare vineyard in Léognan. Made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a smorgasbord of aromatics including red currants, ripe cherries, cassis, licorice, toasty oak, and spice. With full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a rounded, sumptuous style, as well as a great finish, its going to benefit from several years in the cellar and keep for 15-20 years. Tasted three times." (11/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A slightly high-pitched style, with a mix of red currant and raspberry fruit laced with rooibos tea and blood orange notes. A good snap of licorice adds weight on the finish, showing a flash of tar. Has sneaky depth and should evolve well in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2028. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Lively, putty nose - very lifted on the nose but then rather rich and sweet on the palate. Appetising, really mineral finish. Good stuff." (04/2016)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Loaded with tons of red fruits and a velvety texture, the 2015 Malartic is a big time winner in my book! There are hints of minerals, chocolate and spice, the wine is full and rich in the mouth, with a super long fresh finish. Tannins are ripe and integrated.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Malartic Lagraviere- Absolutely pure sweet red fruit, a wine of freshness and elegance. Not a hint of heaviness, perfect balance and focus. 2 Stars!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

One of the most complete "value" wines we tasted during our recent trip to Bordeaux, a few of us have been waiting with baited breath for this wine to release. The 2015 Malartic Lagraviere showcases the fresh, pretty, and elegant fruit of the vintage along with supreme balance of Graves minerality with added complexity from spice and earth on the finish. Alex and I had this in our top ten of the vintage. The price should get you very, very excited.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2016

Along with Malescot, this wine will rate as one of the great buys for 2015. Jean Jacques Bonnie has this property producing amazing wines of late. Both white and red. This wine is 45% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon plus a little PV and CF. Modern style but perfectly balanced with crisp acidity. Lots of Asian spice and clove on the nose. Earthy blackberry fruit flavors. A winner for sure.

2015 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sometimes seen as the junior of the two properties owned by the Barton family in St-Julien, this is an impressive estate in its own right, especially in this superripe, smoothly rich wine. Tannins are well wrapped in the generous structure and fruits. Drink from 2025. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Layered and juicy 2015 with currants, light chocolate and cedar character. Its full-bodied, round-textured and very pretty. Extremely long and flavorful. So friendly and bright. Drink or hold." (02/2018)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Langoa Barton is fleshy, open-knit and absolutely delicious. Sweet red cherry and pomegranate are pushed forward, while hints of violet, lavender and spice add freshness and lift to the succulent finish. The gracious, feminine side of Saint-Julien comes through in spades. This is very nicely done. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh and vibrant style, with streaks of pastis-soaked plum and boysenberry fruit coursing through, carried by graphite and licorice snap notes and ending with a vigorous, juicy finish. Approachable a bit earlier than the main pack, but there's no rush either. Best from 2019 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2018)

92 points Decanter: "Deep rich ruby in colour, this has a soft expression on the nose, layering redcurrant jelly and smoked oak. It has an enjoyably frank expression, a little less austere than some from St-Julien in this vintage, without sacrificing ageing ability. 60% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Langoa Barton is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 19 September and 5 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a slightly smudged bouquet at first, a mixture of red and black fruit, a little sous-bois and tobacco developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with gently grippy tannin, veering more towards red fruit here, but laced with tobacco and cedar notes. (NM)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2016

Langoa Barton- Beautiful, fresh red fruits on the nose and on the palate. This crisp claret styled Langoa is one of the best Ive ever tasted! 2 Stars

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

This is one of the best value Bordeaux properties-every year and the 2015 has the typical cranberry aromas and flavors. An almost cola undertone on the nose. Very soft and sweet on the palate. Drink this one up while you wait for the Leoville to soften.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

Fine and elegant. The fruit is even and a straight lined beam of black cherry, plum, and mocha in a medium bodied and balanced frame. Good finish. I like the fruit and bit of tannic grip.

2015 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Cantenac Brown is superb. Translucent, weightless and totally finessed, the 2015 offers outstanding purity and exceptional overall balance. Sweet plum, tobacco, cedar, licorice and new leather are some of the many nuances that take shape in the glass, but it is the wine's purity that is most impressive. Hints of lavender, iron and smoke add shades of nuance on the tightly wound finish. Over the two weeks I followed it, the Grand Vin put on considerable depth and power. It will be interesting to see where things end up here, but the 2015 was superb all three times I tasted it. Cantenac Brown is one of the great still affordable wines of the year. Don't miss it. (AG)" (04/2016)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Beautiful dusty tannins permeate this ripe wine. It has a smooth and rich texture, with bright blackberry flavors and a refreshing, vibrant close. (RV)" (04/2016)

95 points Decanter: "I love the fruit here, with pure´ed damson and deeply focussed, bitter dark chocolate. It has lovely grip and persistency, a wine that you want to take your time with and watch as it develops. It is poised and balanced, with lots of impact and well-extracted, not afraid to push things, but pulls back at the end. 60% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Readers who need more proof that Margaux was the place to be in 2015 just need to taste the 2015 Château Cantenac Brown. Based on roughly 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot it offers an extraordinary nose of crème de cassis, caramelized cherries, flowers, and spices. This medium to full-bodied effort has plenty of tannins, as well as toasty oak, yet is perfectly balanced and has a great mix of both freshness and richness. Its a tour de force that will be drinkable in 4-5 years and last for 25-30 years!" (11/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Instantly appealing ripe dark berries and plums with graphite and other dark stony notes. Very well-integrated wood here. The palate has a plush, suave and supple feel to it. Great concentration and energy. Really intense yet fresh finish. Try from 2022." (02/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cantenac Brown follows their excellent 2014 with another great Margaux. Here, a nuanced nose that does not come racing from the blocks, but keep your nose in the glass and it reveals detailed blackberry, cranberry and strawberry aromas that are neatly embroidered with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite tensile tannin. There is breeding interwoven into this Margaux, palpable sophistication, and it finishes with panache, fanning out with lightly spiced red and black fruit. It is not the most ostentatious Margaux in what is a fecund season for the appéllation, but I suspect it will surprise a few wine-lovers as its ages. (NM)" (04/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This brims with voluble plum cake, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors, embedded with brambly structure while keeping a polished feel overall. Alluring black tea, roasted alder and licorice details line the finish. You'll want to jump on this one. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($66.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Some very rich and ripe red and dark berries here make for an impressive, engaging nose that has charming violet undertones. The palate is velvety and supple, while super smooth tannins deliver a long and plush, plum-soaked finish. Great wine and already drinking well. Try from 2023." (02/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle. (NM)" (04/2016)

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2015 Malescot St. Exupéry is dense, powerful and rustic. Black cherry, smoke, leather, iron and dark spices hit the palate. Expansive, broad and juicy, the 2015 has more than enough depth to full out its broad shouldered frame. As it often is, the Malescot St. Exupéry is a bit rough around the edges, but time in bottle should take care of at least some of that. The 2015 finishes with lovely density and a blast of pure power. (AG)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely steeped plum, fig and blackberry fruit is melded thoroughly with notes of alder, lilac and warm tar, giving this both treble and bass, while velvety tannins carry the finish with ease. Offers a long sanguine detail through the finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

91 points Decanter: "Relatively open on the nose even at this early stage, with lashings of freshly crushed black fruits. On the palate, the dominant flavours are cinnamon and freshly puréed raspberry and blackberry. It's not hugely intense, and should be for medium term drinking. (JA)" (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Particularly glowing crimson. Light nose with some wildness about it. A hint of something animal! Distinctive wine that is a bit more daring than the average Margaux. Not the most tannic but very nicely balanced. (JR)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2016

Malescot Saint Exupery- I am 100% agreement with K&L Vice President Trey Beffa when he says that Malescot is a candidate for Wine of the Vintage! 70% CS Tasted twice and outstanding both times, at the Chateaux Deep, silky and sexy! Loaded with fruit Cherries-Kirsch and Cassis! More accessible than Palmer, sweeter, rounder fruit than Ch. Margaux, just outstanding! 3 Stars! At the Joanne tasting of 170 winessweet, round and lovely! 3 Stars again. Bravo to my golf partner and owner Jean Luc Zuger who gets 3 Stars for making a great wine and for having the sense to price the wine where wine lovers can afford to drink it!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2016

This is an absolutely beautiful wine with a nose of chocolate and cherries, followed by a lush fruit on the palate and a graceful run to the finish. There are plenty of firm tannins on the back end, meaning the wine should have great potential for the cellar, but it tastes so darn good right now I think most people would have a tough time keeping their hands off of it. The Malescot sums up the 2015 Margaux vintage perfectly: it's a wine of beauty, finesse, and elegance. For the price, it may be the best value we see from the appellation. I'm expecting this and Issan to be the vintage's top bargains for those who (like me) cannot afford to buy wines like Chateau Margaux proper.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2016

Malescot St. Exupery is a top five producer in Margaux on an annual basis and the 2015 Malescot St. Exupery is no exception. At $49.99 this is the best value of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in my opinion. To get a wine of this quality for under $50 is the exact reason to buy Bordeaux En Primeur. A beautiful wine packed with ripe red fruits, hints of chocolate and mint this is a silky smooth wine that is irresistible. Always a favorite they have once again knocked it out of the park!

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

One of my possible candidates for wine of the vintage! Very dark color, lovely spicy nose, hints of bittersweet chocolate, polished juicy texture with a hint of mint and savory herbs. Tannins are ripe and integrated. Very fresh and balanced with a long lingering finish- a wine to buy for the cellar!

2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Very polished and poised with an immensely powerful core of tannin that drives incredible length on the palate. Fruits are deep in the dark-berry spectrum, encapsulating a terrific sense of freshness through the finish. Great wine. Try from 2024." (02/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 is an interesting blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon that saw a fair amount of whole clusters in the fermentation and 90% of the blend brought up in barrel and the rest in amphoras. Its deep purple color is followed by a beautiful perfumed of ripe currant and plums fruits, chocolate, ground herbs, and damp earth. With full-bodied richness, terrific ripeness, building tannin, and an underlying sense of elegance and purity that only grows with time in the glass, it needs 4-5 years of cellaring but is going to cruise in the cellar for 3-4 decades." (11/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and broad, with warm dark plum, fig and blackberry confiture flavors rolling over one another, backed by a broad swath of tar and roasted apple wood. This is packed with serious grip, featuring bramble, licorice snap and intense sweet tobacco notes on the back end, all of which combine with the fruit for a powerfully rendered finish. Distinct and impressive. Best from 2025 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in 80% new and 20% one-year-old oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has pronounced notes of crushed black and red currants, warm blackberries and black pepper with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, very fine and with plenty of black and red fruit layers, it has a plush backbone and seamless acid, finishing earthy. (LPB) 94+" (02/2018)

90-93 points Vinous: "Once again, Les Carmes Haut-Brion stakes its place as one of the most distinctive wines being made in Bordeaux. The 2015 exudes richness, power and intensity. Layers of dark red stone fruit, cedar, tobacco, smoke and pomegranate build as the wine shows off its voluptuous personality. Les Carmes Haut-Brion stands out for many reasons, including its high percentage of Cabernet Franc, which is unusual in Pessac. In 2015, winemaker Guillaume Poutier also added a dollop of whole clusters to give the wine more aromatic lift. The use of whole clusters is of course quite common in Burgundy and the Rhône (were Poutier formerly made the wines at Chapoutier), but is very rarely seen in Bordeaux. This full-throttle Pessac will drink well for decades, but it also needs time to shed some of its considerable baby fat. The blend is 44% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Simon Blanchard is the consulting winemaker. (AG)" (04/2016)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 02, 2016

**Dont Miss** Very elegant, fresh, and balanced with complex notes of tobacco leaf, wild flowers, black plums and brambly dark berries. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc contributes complexity and finesse and the whole cluster fermentation adds elegant floral aromatics. Major investments have been made in the vineyard, cellars, and winemaking facilities since the Groupe Pichet purchased the Chateau in 2010. The fruit is fleshing out while maintaining its unique signature and complexity. Les Carmes Haut-Brion is reaching its potential and on the rise.

2015 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

93 points James Suckling: "The smoke, almond, dark-berry and plum character is impressive to this young Duhart. Full body, round and silky tannins and beautiful fruit and spice undertones. Plenty of coffee and cedar flavors at the end. A pretty Duhart. Needs four or five years bottle age." (02/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and tannic, this wines rich structure isbalanced by a concentrated blackberry flavor andbright acidity. Drink from 2026. (RV)" (04/2018)

90-92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Duhart-Milon is soft, open-knit and expressive, with gorgeous dark red and purplish fruit pushed forward and pretty spiced notes that add complexity. Medium in body and gracious, the 2015 should drink nicely with minimal cellaring. This is a very pretty, understated Duhart. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot. (AG)" (04/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This has a mix of silky and charcoal-edged texture carrying gently steeped black currant, plum and cherry fruit flavors along, while lovely perfumed black tea and violet notes infuse the finish. Shows sneaky length, with a lingering iron detail. Just a touch shy on depth overall. Best from 2020 through 2031. (JM)" (03/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot and aged for 14 months in barrels, 50% new, the 2015 Duhart-Milon has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an open, expressive nose of warm red currants, black raspberries and spice cake with nuances of cedar chest, bay leaves and tobacco plus a waft of rose hips. Medium-bodied, vibrant and refreshing in the mouth, it has a good amount of chewy tannins and layers of lively red and black fruits, finishing on an earthy note. (LPB)" (02/2018)

90 points Decanter: "This has an abundance of tobacco notes, with crushed black fruits and dark chocolate. We are clearly striding through Pauillac here, and this is a very good wine, but not the best Duhart of recent years - for me you have to head to 2016 for that. Things taper off quicker than expected through the mid-palate, although there is a black cherry sweetness that is very attractive. 50% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Duhart Milon is a surprisingly charming, elegant and medium-bodied Pauillac thats 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot that was brought up in 40% new French oak. With perfumed notes of spice-box, cedarwood, toast, and sweet black currant fruit, it has sweet tannin and is already accessible, yet will cruise for two decades." (11/2017)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Most times while tasting at Lafite En Premier I am puzzled by the majority of the wines, including Lafite but especially by this wine. Not with this time. This wine showed sweet and savory, loaded with ripe fruit while still maintain wonderful freshness and lift. This should be a drinker right upon release but has the structure, acidity and freshness to age well for mid-term cellaring.

2015 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Concentrated and elegant with a great harmony of dry tannins and ripeness (but no hint of overripeness), this has a long finish with a lot of drive and enormous freshness. You could drink this now with red meat, but its got decades ahead of it." (02/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The ripe fruit that is a hallmark of this vintage at this estate has been maintained along with solid tannins and richness. This has both tannins and concentration although the fruit is the thing, making a wine that will develop relatively quickly. Drink from 2023. (RV)" (12/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Excellent depth and complexity of fruit on the attack, with just a touch of austerity as it travels through the palate. After a few minutes, the fleshy fruit aromatics break though. This is elegant and balanced, a classic, old-school St-Julien. 80% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Gruaud Larose simply sparkles with bright, vibrant red cherries, ripe raspberries and fresh black currants notes with underlying suggestions of cinnamon stick, rose petals, fallen leaves and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied and possessing tightly wound red and black fruits layers intermingled with spicy accents, it has a firm, grainy frame and great vivacity, finishing long and perfumed. I'm probably being too conservative with my score here and expect this could blossom in 4-6 years into an even more impressive beauty! (LPB) 93+" (02/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This has a serious graphite spine, along with beautiful beams of black currant, bitter plum and blackberry paste flavors. Dried anise, black tea and licorice snap notes lurk in the background. The finish is long and gilded with a violet accent. Best from 2021 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

Very Gruaud-Larose nose with herbs, tea, and cigar. Red fruited with good detail and moderate tannins.

2015 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

98 points James Suckling: "So much violet and lilac aromas to this with blackberry and blueberry character, too. Full-bodied and delivering limestone, chalk and lavender on the palate. Great structure, too. Needs four or five years to soften. Better in 2022." (02/2018)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pavie Macquin is another tremendous wine from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Inky, rich and voluptuous the 2015 is endowed with remarkable depth and plenty of underlying energy to back it all up. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, as are the tannins. The 2015 is going to require quite a bit of time to come together, but it is impressive, that much is obvious. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, pure and expressive, with a beautiful panoply of loganberry, plum and red currant preserve flavors that meld seamlessly with anise and singed apple wood details and a subtle chalky spine. A bright floral accent on the finish lifts this up a register and lets it sail on, holding that note. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Notes of cassis, toasted spice, toasty oak, and crushed flowers emerge from the 2015 Château Pavie Macquin, and its a rockin effort that marries elegance with full-bodied power and structure. With fine, fine tannin, high, yet integrated acidity, and a great mid-palate, its more approachable than either of the other Pavie releases, yet is still backward and unevolved. Give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two to three decades." (11/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pavie-Macquin is a blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 29 September and 17 October at 40 hl/ha. It has an almost decadent bouquet, perhaps more lascivious than the 2015 Larcis-Ducasse tasted alongside (as part of Nicolas Thienpont's 'stable'), with fig-tinged red cherry and blackberry fruit, powerful but perhaps needing to muster a little more finesse? The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of citrus-fresh fruit. There is more nuance and precision here at the moment, fleshy and sensual with blood orange and cassis layered over the exuberant finish. (NM)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

Tasted at our UGC event on Jan 25th, 2018. This is the first St. Emilion that I tried at the tasting and one that kept me coming back - what an introduction to a superlative vintage for the Right Bank. Showing a ton of balance and poise, it is a luxurious claret without ever going over the top insofar as concentration or extraction. Beautiful purity a depth back up a long finish in what is sure to be a highlight of this terrific vintage for the decades to come. Hard to resist young, it is one that will reward a bit of time in the cellar and can be enjoyed for the two decades following.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2016

This property, under the guidance of Nicolas Thienpont, is on a roll. And it is priced correctly! Huge wine with Blackberry jam flavors. Tons of everything in this package. Acid, tannin, fruit-great aging potential. This is right up their with their 2010 in quality. I tend to enjoy these right bank 2015s more than most left bankers.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 08, 2016

Along with Larcis Ducasse the 2015 Pavie Macquin is one of the more elegant St. Emilion's out there. With incredible purity of fruit nicely mingled against a hint of oak and zippy minerality this is a beautiful wine that has a Burgundian feel while still having a Bordelaise sensibility.

2015 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This dense, rich wine is firm with solidtannins. Its texture and structure give it an opulent character that brings out tannins as much as the ripe black fruits. Powerful and concentrated it needs time to get its potential elegance in order. Then it will be a major wine, so its worth waiting until 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberries, currants, cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied, layered and dense. Great fruit yet tight and structured. A classically proportioned red with so much intensity. A wine for the future. Try it in 2022." (02/2018)

94 points Decanter: "Silky black fruit on the attack, with a little dip on the mid-palate, but juicy damson strikes back as it moves along. Tobacco floats across the nose and adds a flourish to the focused graphite and black fruit flavours. You find complexity through the palate, and although things pull up a bit short, I seriously like this wine. St-Estephe has been having a real purple patch over the past couple of years, and Calon-Ségur is right up there with the best of them. 20 months in new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Calon-Segur was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 20 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm blackberries, cassis, black cherries and licorice with touches of roses and dark chocolate. The medium-bodied palate is firm and chewy with good concentration and a spicy finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Calon Ségur is super-polished, silky and exceptionally beautiful, especially for the vintage and appellation. Creamy, expressive and inviting, the 2015 possesses striking nuance and delineation throughout. Dark blue and purplish fruits, lavender, herbs, menthol and licorice add the closing shades of nuance. I don't think the 2015 will match the superb 2014, but it is a very pretty, if somewhat smaller-scaled, wine. (AG)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This has a nearly plush edge, surprising for the vintage, with warmed plum, blackberry and black cherry compote flavors liberally inlaid with smoldering tobacco, humus and roasted juniper notes. Keeps a fleshy edge through the finish, with a streak of warm paving stone lending an austere hint. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Pure and aromatic. Pretty dense and dry with a hint of sweet oak. Solid and concentrated. All set for the long term. Pretty introvert. Edgy finish but more sweetness than there used to be. Intense - more intense than usual for this property. A little attenuated on the end. Very solid indeed! 17/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

Good bones here and you can sense the potential underneath. Great fruit with Cabernet driven nose of black currant, cedar, mint, and smoke. Calon Segur is one to watch as the quality of the wines is rising and the property is undergoing a significant investment in the vineyards and winery.

2015 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($77.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I absolutely loved the 2015 Léoville-Barton and this has everything you could want from a Left Bank Bordeaux. Cassis, smoked earth, graphite, tobacco leaf, and thrilling amounts of minerality all emerge from this inky colored, full-bodied, power-packed, brut of a Saint-Julien that holds everything together and stays pure, balanced and elegant on the palate. It has a lot of tannins, yet more than enough fruit. The 2015 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak, and it needs 7-8 years of bottle age and will shine for 2-3 decades. Bravo!" (12/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "This is a very focused Barton with ultra-fine tannins that are so polished and chalky. It drives through the center palate with currant and berry character. Full-bodied, polished and straightforward with driving tannin. Love the texture. Class. Yes. Drink in 2021." (02/2018)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Léoville-Barton is superb. Vivid and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2015 offers exceptional purity in its aromas and flavors. As always, the house style favors finesse over pure power, but in 2015 there is a good bit of both. Graphite, pencil shavings and crème de cassis, herbs and mocha meld into a rich, textured, beautifully persistent finish. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried. Léoville-Barton is not the most powerful or showy Saint-Julien in 2015, but it is class personified. Don't miss it. (AG)" (04/2016)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "While the spicy wood is prominent at this stage, the wine also has weight. As the black currant fruits come through slowly, the wine shows a rich potential. The texture is dense and firm. (RV)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers some serious wow, dripping with warm fig, blackberry and boysenberry reduction notes, along with melted black licorice and fruitcake flavors. Shows ample grip but remains beautifully polished, letting the fruit sail on. Don't worry though, as long echoes of roasted apple wood and tar signal that this is built for the long haul. Best from 2025 through 2042. (JM)" (03/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Leoville Barton offers up notions of warm red currants, black raspberries and dark chocolate with wafts of cigar box, violets and bay leaves. Elegant, medium-bodied and sporting great freshness, the taut, tightly wound palate of intense red fruits and floral accents is well-framed with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note. (LPB)" (02/2018)

94 points Decanter: "One of the deepest, richest and darkest of the St-Juliens in 2015, showing a lick of tar and a crack of cassis. Confident and settling in for the long haul, a salty minerality kicks in on the finish to give a mouthwatering quality. 60% new oak barrels. Eric Boissenot consults. (JA)" (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Glowing purplish crimson. Very obviously 'sweeter' and chunkier than the Langoa Barton just tasted. But not too much. Full of appeal. And there is masses of tannin here! Lots going on here." (04/2016)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2016

Leoville Barton- 86% Cabernet 14M Very strong and linear Cabernet fruit for Leoville Barton on display here. Good freshness and purity and feels like lower alcohol. Good wine and an elegant Leoville Barton. 2 Stars

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

**Dont Miss** Classic, firm and intense with brooding dark fruits, brambly blackberry, coffee, and scorched earth. Excellent depth and old vine clarity. Solid.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

This wine is always good and this year it is a big, rich, powerful Cabernet dominated wine. Creamy, red currant aromas and jammy black currant and licorice flavors. Lush on the palate with plenty of tannins at the back end. Like the huge 2010, this one needs time. Great value always and about 1/2 the price of their 2009. Production down here so the wine is highly allocated in Bordeaux. We will run out so act quickly.

2015 Beauséjour (Duffau), St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

98-99 points James Suckling: "I dont know what to say here other than its better than any BDL I drank since 1989 including the 1990. Theres a transparency and beauty like a rainbow. Full body, extremely long and bright. Super fine tannins. Pure fruit." (04/2016)

95-98 points Vinous: "A dark, brooding wine, the 2015 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse may need twenty years to start drinking well. Today, the 2015 is imposing, with massive concentration and fabulous persistence, all supported by a vertical spine of tannin that is impossible to miss. Hints of graphite, smoke and licorice struggle to emerge from a huge wall of fruit and tannin. This is another wine that will require considerable patience. The 2015 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, brought in between September 25 and October 12 and aged in 60% new oak. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This has some sizzle, with roasted mesquite and ebullient red licorice notes out front, as well as steak to match, featuring a core sporting ample crushed cherry, red currant and plum fruit flavors. Light tea and chalk threads skitter through the finish, where the fruit echoes nicely. This has grown a bit since the barrel tasting. Best from 2023 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is firmly structured, with dense tannins and concentrated black-fruit flavors. The acidity provides a lifting edge that enlivens the finish. (RV)" (04/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is a blend of 90% Merlot picked between 25 September and 5 October, 10% Cabernet Franc picked on 5 and 12 October. It was cropped at 34 hl/ha. It has a very intense, quite opulent bouquet, just like the 2015 Pavie-Macquin from barrel, with fig-tinged red cherry fruit, hints of kirsch and glycerin. The palate likewise shows more refinement and class, the tannins fine and the acidity well judged. It has a fresh finish, though it just needs to muster a touch more tension and sense of energy right on the finish. Let's see what happens during its élevage, because it has the materials to turn into a very fine Saint Emilion. (NM)" (04/2016)

93 points Decanter: "Rich and ripe with dark fruit notes. A hint of jamminess on the nose. Palate smooth and suave with a power of tannin behind. Sweet and ripe but has tension. Firm, dry finish. (JL)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Nicolas Thienpont has been making this wine since 2009. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 34 hl/ha yield. Very dark crimson. Brooding and vibrant on the nose. Sweet and fully ripe - almost Pomerol-like in its intensity. Big and bold." (04/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2016

Extremely limited production for this tiny 6 hectare estate-perfect terroir and fantastic winemaking. A Nicolas Thienpont wine that is so spicy on the nose and flavor. Exotic wine with enough stuffing for many years in the cellar. A lot of wine for the reasonable price.

2015 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

98 points James Suckling: "So much floral and dark-fruit character with almonds and walnut shell. Full body and ultra-fine tannins. Powerful. Classic style with a harmony and energy. Goes on for minutes. A superb wine with great fruit. Real Bordeaux. Try in 2025." (02/2018)

95-98 points Vinous: "One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pontet-Canet oozes class, finesse and pure pedigree. A hypothetical combination of the 2010 (for its dark fruit and tannic structure) and the 2009 (for its voluptuous fruit), the 2015 offers remarkable intensity, power and grace. A host of exotic floral and spice notes wrap around the dark, racy finish. In a word: magnificent! The 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, aged 50% in new oak, 35% in terra cotta amphora and 15% in one year-old barrels. (AG)" (04/2016)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Succulent fruits, rich tannins and juicy acidityare in perfect harmony in this wine produced from biodynamic grapes. It has a rich, velvet texture and dense structure, sumptuous and already balanced and delicious. However do not be fooled, this is a serious wine for aging. Drink no earlier than 2026. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This year is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 18 September apropos the Merlot and from 28 September for the Cabernet, finishing on 3 October. It is matured in 50% new oak, 35% concrete and 15% one-year-old barrels. It has a pure and perfumed bouquet with small dark cherries, red plum and subtle violet scents, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style, the second showing demonstrating a little more red fruit character. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly grainy texture on the entry. There is nicely judged acidity here, moderate depth, very supple tannin that lend this a silky texture. There is modest weight towards the second half, perhaps spicier than some of its Pauillac peers with an edgy, lightly peppered finish. It is an intriguing and complex, almost mercurial Pontet-Canet, a wine that I suspect will gain more weight during its élevage. Afford this 5-8 years in bottle and you should have a delicious, intellectual Pontet-Canet on your hands. (NM)" (04/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Pontet Canet is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot brought up in 50% new oak, and 35% in amphora. With textbook Pauillac notes of lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, smoke, and licorice, as well as a core of pure crème de cassis fruit, this beautiful, full-bodied, impeccably balanced is one of the few 2015s thats going to demand cellaring. The tannin are high, yet sweet, and like its bright acidity, nicely integrated into the wine. Forget bottles for 5-7 years and enjoy over the following three decades. I dont put this as the level of the 2009 and 2010, but its still a beautiful wine. Tasted three times. 95+" (11/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Straight off the nose this hits you with rich, dark fruits, spice, and the promise of longevity. There is a real focus and purity to the fruit, but the depth of flavour and firm wall of tannins leave you in no doubt that it's a Pauillac. This has so much depth, with an inky, pencil-lead aspect on the attack, but what becomes clearer through the palate is in fact the freshness and the opening up of the fruit. As ever at Pontet, winemaker Jean-Michel Comme is searching for less and less intervention in the winemaking process, with the cellar moving away from any electricity at all. The 2015 wine has been aged in amphoras as well as in oak barrels. (JA)" (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This sports a lovely core of gently steeped plum, blackberry and black currant fruit, carried by velvety structure, while smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes fill in through the finish. Fleshes out steadily in the glass, revealing more juniper, bay leaf and loam accents. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2016

Pontet Canet- The lively bright purple fruit is so very pure and tasty! Lots of blueberry and black currant fruit with great freshness and delicious taste. Nice elegance, no hard tannins, perfect extraction. Claret style; which means crisp and fresh! 2 Stars

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2016

This is a dark and decadent wine with lush black fruits and oak influence that turn into earthier elements and tannic structure on the finish. It's also a powerful wine with a massive finish compared to its 2015 counterparts. There's a flurry of pepper and herbs on the finish that come out to play once the fruit fades away. Could be the wine of the vintage for those in search of big, structured, cellar-worthy wines.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2016

A perfect score for quality vs price for this beauty. Unfortunately production was done almost 50%, so our allocation is not great. 65% Cabernet and 30% Merlot with the rest CF and PV. Deep, dark blue-black color. Very spicy aromas and flavors. Great depth of flavor here-not a monster (only 13.5 alcohol)but on elegant side. Perfect balance and long, lingering finish. Compare this to the 2009 at $299 or the 2010 at $279. Should go to $200 by release time.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2016

**Dont Miss** Inky color. Deep, pure, and large scaled with black and blue fruits, exotic spice, and a firm but unctuous mid-palate with smoky oak. Moderate plus body with a long and intense finish. One for the cellar and will reward the patient.

2015 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

99 points James Suckling: "The clarity to this wine is impressive. Wealth of dark-plum and black-fruit essence not to mention orange citrus. Everything is dialed up to the limit here but then dialed in on the palate. Such impressive depth and suave, ripe, fluid tannins that deliver impressive length. Great wine. Such polish. Superb. Try from 2022." (02/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pape Clement is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It was cropped at 40 hl/ha between 25 September and 15 October with berry by berry its first vines. This comes highly recommended - a Pape-Clément that will reward those who can resist temptation and cellar this wine for 10+ years. Tasted on four separate occasions. (NM)" (04/2016)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As with the white, the 2015 Château Pape Clément is up at the top of the hierarchy and is a tour de force in Red Bordeaux that should be snatched up by readers. Coming from a 50-hectare parcel of the gravelly soils and harvest between September 25th and October 15th, its a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that saw a long maceration (30-40 days) and 18 months in 80% new French oak. With a deep ruby/plum color and awesome notes of currants, black cherries, truffles, chocolate and graphite, this beauty hits the palate with a massive, full-bodied, opulent, sexy, yet never heavy style. With terrific concentration, perfect balance, and ripe tannin, as well as plenty of oak, give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following 2-3 decades. Tasted three times." (11/2017)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pape Clément is stunningly beautiful. Rich, ample and powerful, the 2015 exudes richness. As always, Pape Clément is one of the most overt wines in Pessac, but the move towards picking a bit earlier gives the wine more energy than was the norm a decade ago without fundamentally altering the style Bernard Magrez and Michel Rolland favor. Dark red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, blood orange and exotic spices are all very much alive. The purity of the fruit here is striking. This is one of the best recent vintages of Pape Clément I have tasted. The 2015 is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, done in about 80% new oak. Tasted four times. (AG)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense and concentrated, this wine is fully structured and also has great fruit. It is dense, showing the ripeness of both tannins and fruit in this vintage. It will power through its development to be a very fine wine from 2025. Bernard Magrez. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and lush, with flashy anise, apple wood and mocha notes forming the frame and ample cassis, cherry paste and plum sauce flavors at the core for balance. Shows lots of sweet spice details through the finish, with the apple wood edge holding sway for now. A bold, glossy version that will please fans of the style after some time. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

95 points Decanter: "Clear reductive environment, saving the best nose for the consumer and not for en primeur. A lovely richly textured wine really velvety with gorgeous purity to the damson and black cherry fruits. (JA)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2016

Pape Clement- 56%CS 40M 4CF- As always this wine has very deep, sweet , black- red fruit with an exotic touch and lots of oak. The key here is that the fruit is very pure, the wine is perfectly balanced and the finish goes on and on. Clearly one of the stars of the vintage! 2 Stars from me!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2016

Considering the 2009 is twice the price and the 2010 is almost three times the price, this wine rates a perfect score for value from me. Much better than the 2009 in my mind, this will eventually garner 100 points from someone. So sweet and sexy with toasty oak and red berry fruit aromas, Tons of mineral on the palate-Rounded tannins. A substantial wine that you can drink young or old.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 09, 2016

We all said to each other at the chateau while tasting this: "If Pape Clement comes out under $100 it will be one of the best values of the vintage." Sure enough we're under $90 now for the pre-order price and that means grab it while it's here. The 2015 Pape Clement is an elegant and refined marriage of 56% Cabernet and 40% Merlot (with 4% Franc) that is incredibly pleasant from the first sip. The fruit is fresh and concentrated, the tannins are fine and supple, and the finish is long and graceful. Some of us had this as a top 10 wine from the entire 2015 Bordeaux vintage. It might be one of the only that comes in under $100.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 09, 2016

One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pape Clement is a stunning wine. At a fraction of the cost of La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion this wine should be snatched up! Loaded with deep berry fruit(both blue and purple) as well as spice notes, liquified rock and earth notes the purity here is breathtaking. A classic in the making this is a flat-out fabulous wine.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this is a seriously good wine. Dark chewy fruit, intensely concentrated, hints of black cherry and smoke but not overdone, spicy, ripe and fleshy in the mid-palate; the finish is long and fresh. Definite buy!

2015 Certan de May, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This has a darker sheen of fruits in the blackberry and blood-plum spectrum with sweetly spicy and earthy aromas and some violets to boot. The palate has quite a forthright tannin firmness. A very long, linear wine with a full body and a smooth, fresh, blueberry/plum finish. An impressive wine that rolls endlessly through the finish. This has plenty of ageing potential. Try from 2023." (04/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Certan de May is composed of 80% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, displaying a medium garnet-purple color and nose of warm red cherries, mulberries, crushed red and black plums and raspberry leaves with nuances of wild thyme, dried roses, cloves and eucalypt. Medium to full-bodied and boasting great harmony in the mouth, the palate delivers loads of red and black fruit layers interspersed with floral and herb accents and framed by a firm, ripe, fine-grained backbone, finishing with wonderful length and freshness. (LPB) 95+" (02/2018)

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2015 Certan de May is a powerful, imposing wine with notable tannic clout and plenty of energy. White pepper, blood orange and mint give the 2015 an attractive upper register of aromatic nuance, but it is the wine's sinewy, tense personality that is its most distinctive attribute. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 is going to need time to fully express. (AG)" (04/2016)

91-94 points Wine Spectator: "This has its usual silky, perfumed profile, with bergamot, cherry paste and rooibos tea notes, all backed by gentle sandalwood and fruitcake hints through the finish. Rounded and polished in feel, but long too, offering some fine-grained tannins. (JM, Web-2016)"

93 points Decanter: "Very fine this year. Elegant dark fruit nose with a hint of blueberry, blackcurrant and spice. A poised palate of delicious dark fruit and finely polished tannins. Long and harmonious on the finish. (JL)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Intense and meaty on the nose. Round and silky on the palate. Not a drama queen but really quite regal in floating above the hoi polloi. Chapeau! Notably persistent. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

2015 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Intensity and clarity of fruit is so insane. Blackberries, spices such as cloves, blueberries, sandalwood and dried lavender. Full body and such a beautiful, dense center palate with perfectly polished tannins. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time. Drink in 2024." (02/2018)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a sumptuous wine with a fine structure that reveals its delicious fruit in layers of acidity and black currants. Even more Cabernet than usual in the blend has made it a dark, firm and structured wine. The juicy fruit shouldn't deceive; this is a wine that will age slowly. (RV)" (04/2016)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring. (NM)" (04/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another wine I was able to taste on multiple occasions, the 2015 Montrose is a certainly the wine of Saint-Estèphe in 2015. Notes of cassis, damp earth, violets, and graphite/lead pencil notes all flow to a beautifully pure, elegant and multi-dimensional 2015 that has fine, polished tannin, perfect balance, and a great finish. The 2015 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, all of which was brought up in 65% new oak. This isnt a blockbuster yet is pure class all the way. It will be better in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades." (11/2017)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Montrose is silky, super-finessed and nuanced, all qualities that are unusual for a wine that is usually much more of a powerhouse. Black cherry, smoke, leather, graphite, crème de cassis and licorice notes open up in the glass, yet the wine comes across as raw and not fully formed. The 2015 appeared to put on a bit of weight over the two weeks I followed it, but I don't see the depth, structure and personality of the very best versions. (AG)" (04/2016)

93 points Decanter: "An imposing wine which shows the excellence of the winemaking and terroir, but it's not as deft or effortless as the 2016. Montrose is often austere in its youth, and the well-knitted black fruits wound with tight strands of liquorice are clearly capable of long ageing. There is something extremely special here, although the tannins are very much closed up right now. The smallest selection for the grand vin for 15 years. (JA)" (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark and very dramatic. Even a hint of overripeness on the nose. A little stodgy. Could do with a little more lift. A little dry at present. Clearly fashioned for the very long term. Kerpow! Very much in the style of the old Montroses in terms of sheer concentration." (04/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 13, 2016

With the weather in St. Estephe a bit rainy and wet compared to other Left Bank appellations, the cabernet-heavy 2015 Montrose doesn't show any signs of waterlog. This is easily the best Montrose I've tasted in my young career and the most lush on the palate. The black fruits are rich and mouthcoating, the structure firm and foreboding. An old school claret worthy of second-growth status.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

It is easy to understand the purity of fruit, focus, and great core here when you find out that Montrose conducted three passes through the sorting tables and then used an optical sorter. Cassis, blueberry, deep black and blue fruits with graphite. Medium plus bodied, silky, balanced, and pure. Excellent.

2015 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years." (11/2017)

98 points James Suckling: "Plenty of toasty oak and extract here. This has immensely concentrated fruits with powerful yet silky tannins. Blackberry and dark-plum aromas dominate the nose with hints of dark chocolate and candied orange. Flavors follow suit amid fluid, muscular tannins that hold long into the finish. Great wine. Try from 2023." (02/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Since the first vintage in 1991, this wine and its vineyard have travelled far. Now close to the top of the classification tree in Saint-Émilion, this vintage shows the impressive nature of this powerful wine. With a good balance between acidity and black fruits backed up by tannins, the wine is powerful and stylish. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateau Valandraud is founded upon Jean-Luc Thunevin's ever-reliable Merlot parcels, and this year the blend is augmented with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a glorious and damn irresistible bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberry, crushed violets and a scintilla of citrus fruit, all beautifully defined and very precise. In 2015 it is determined to put a gap between itself and the Virginie de Valandraud. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, creamy in texture but not in the slightest cloying. The acidity is well judged with layers of caressing black fruit towards a finish for which I could only deploy the word - nubile. This will be a stunning Valandraud to savor over the next couple of decades, though it will be difficult to resist temptation in its youth. (NM)" (04/2016)

93-96 points Vinous: "Deep, and beautifully layered, the 2015 Valandraud offers fabulous richness to match its seamless, alluring personality. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, spice, licorice, menthol and lavender give the 2015 much of its unctuous feel. Silky tannins help reinforce an impression of opulence. As always, Valandraud is one of the most exotic, intense wines in Saint-Émilion, and yet, all the elements are very nicely woven together. The 2015 is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in barrel. (AG)" (04/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Melted licorice, plum sauce and blackberry puree notes flow through here, with ample but velvety structure running underneath. Alluring ganache, violet and tobacco accents add nuance on the finish. Long and beguiling, featuring echoing fruit and a captivating mouthfeel. Drink now through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark purplish crimson. Dried-fruit nose. Very sweet and opulent on palate entry. Slightly astringent on the palate - almost an amphora effect! Interesting. Definitely distinctive." (04/2016)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2016

Valendraud- Wow! Super ripe, exotic, big juice with very impressive tannins under control. 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2016

The top wine in Jean Luc Thunevin's stable of right bankers. Known for the garagist movement of the 90s, the wines from Jean Luc are definitely on the bigger, more modern style. But these days they are much better balanced and less extracted. This is a big wine with some big scores. Extremely perfumey black fruit aromas with a splash of boysenberry thrown in. Super focused with great texture on the palate. Great value here-could be 100 points someday. 85% merlot.

2015 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Aromas of decadent leaves, dark berries, blueberries and blackberries. Truffle and mushroom undertones. Full-bodied, round and very, very fine and focused. A great wine all around. Tiny production. Approachable now but best in 2022." (02/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 100% Merlot that was fermented entirely in French oak barriques, 100% new, and aged for 20 months, the 2015 Enclos Tourmaline is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of crushed blackberries and black cherries with touches of dried herbs, underbrush and cedar plus wafts of menthol, pencil lead and dried lavender. Full-bodied in the mouth with fantastic delineation and sporting wonderful purity, it has concentrated, tightly wound, crunchy black fruit and savory layers and a firm frame of grainy tannins, finishing long with a perfumed lift. (LPB)" (02/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a tiny parcel of Merlot vines next to Clinet and made with the help of Michel Rolland, the 2015 Enclos Tourmaline is an elegant, medium to full-bodied effort offering impressive amounts of blackberry, blueberry and cassis fruits, lots of scorched earth and cholate aromas, as well as a distinct floral character. Its on the palate where this really shines and this ripe, downright sexy beast of a Pomerol maintains a terrific sense of freshness and purity that keeps you coming back to the glass. Count me in as a fan and it should continue to dish out an incredible amount of pleasure for two decades. Tasted twice." (11/2017)

K&L Notes: The Enclos Tourmaline is made from 100% Merlot grown in two small plots in Pomerol, both just an acre each. One of the vineyards sits in front of Clinet and the other is next to Lafleur-Petrus, giving the wine serious heritage. K&L owner Clyde Beffa says, "Fabulous wine, one of my top wines of the vintage." Extremely limited availability.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

**One of the wines of the vintage** Inky color. Saturated and seamless with a massive core of pure Merlot fruit (100%). Concentrated and full on the palate with dark plum, black cherry, earth, violets, and mineral. This wine has such scale and depth on the palate yet is deftly balanced on the incredibly long and mouthwatering finish. The breed and pedigree are apparent with the fruit being sourced from vines in front of Clinet and next to Fleur-Petrus. 3,000 bottles.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Very deep and dark in color; dense, highly extracted with black, chewy fruits, hints of roasted coffee and mocha flavors, not over done and does manage to maintain balance. This is really serious win. Buy for sure!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Must be at least 100 points from me. This property is new to us and is only one hectare in size - one part next to LaFleur Petrus and the other part in front of Clinet. Only 3,000 bottles produced and on my top 10 of the vintage. Powerful blackberry aromas-very intense and almost jammy on the palate but perfectly balanced-lush so that you want to drink it now. 100% Merlot. Tons of mineral on the minute-long finish. Wow!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

This wine knocked my socks off. This is serious Pomerol on every level, deeply concentrated with a brooding note of dark red fruit. The palate is lithe and supple, elegant really, with perfect balance between the ripeness of the fruit and the mineral notes from the terroir. Enclos Tourmaline's vineyards are between Le Pin & Trotanoy, serious names in the Bordeaux hierarchy. This is top-tier wine.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Fabulous sample, this comes from a small property that sits next to famed Le Pin and Trotanoy and adjacent to Lafleur-Petrus and La Violette. If you can't afford the tariff for these producers this is a great fall back. Immediately upon tasting I thought of Petrus stylistically before I knew the vineyard's proximity to greatness in Pomerol. The wine is super-sexy with exotic notes of black tea, Asian spice and black licorice. Loaded with velvety tannins this is a blockbuster in the making and a stunning wine. If you're a fan of Pomerol this is a wine to buy.

2015 La Conseillante, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($169.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Aromas of tar, black olive skin and blackberries follow through to a full body. Ultra-fine tannins and a long, linear finish with super intensity. Well-crafted in every sense. A fabulous Pomerol for the future. Try in 2022." (02/2018)

95-97 points Vinous: "A total knockout, the 2015 La Conseillante possesses stunning depth, nuance and complexity. Soaring aromatics meld into a core of dark-fleshed stone fruits, with hints of mocha, crème de cassis, menthol, violets and dark spices that develop in the glass. The 2015 is not an obvious wine, but it is exceptionally beautiful. The blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Dont miss it. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 La Conseillante opens with reticent, earthy notes of dusty soil, garrigue, forest floor and iron ore with a core of warm plums, cassis, cigar boxes, star anise and dark chocolate plus a hint of violets. Medium to full-bodied with decadent fruit and a gorgeous plushness to the texture, the palate features impeccable poise and compelling depth, finishing on a lingering mineral note. (LPB) 96+" (02/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 2009, the 2015 La Conseillante is more overt and sexy compared to the 2016, offering a huge nose of mulled black fruits, spring flowers, chocolate and gravely/clay-like earthiness. This is a full-bodied, complex, elegant and layered 2015 that has a singular character and the class to drink well for 20-25 years." (11/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed wine, rich in tannins and with a good balance between the Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend. Ripe black fruits and velvet tannins give the wine elegance and charm. It is juicy and ripe, with a background of firm structure set against a crisp final texture. The wine will develop well; drink from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is reserved, with subtle Earl Grey tea, singed apple wood and warm fruitcake aromas opening slowly ahead of a core of dark boysenberry, raspberry and blackberry compote flavors. A lovely swath of velvety tannins carries the finish, with the fruit and spice aromas pulling together nicely. Some patience is needed here, but this is one of the elite of the AOC in this vintage. Best from 2023 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Ultra spicey with tobacco aromas-super sweet on the palate. Velvety

2015 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A legendary wine in the making from the Delon Family is the 2015 Leoville Las Cases and there are very few wines more impressive in the vintage. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot, this full-bodied, tight, super-concentrated, focused 2015 boasts an awesome bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, charcoal, lead pencil, and minerality. Deep, layered, with perfect ripeness and building tannin, hide bottle for 6-7 years and enjoy this prodigious effort over the following 3-4 decades." (11/2017)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine that comes mainly from a magnificent walled vineyard within sight of the Gironde estuary is structured and dense. Its tannins and firm character show its enormous aging potential. Powerful black fruits come from the 85% Cabernet Sauvignon in this rich, juicy wine. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

95-98 points Vinous: "A vivid, mesmerizing wine, the 2015 Léoville Las Cases is stunning in its beauty. Unusually rich and sumptuous for Las Cases, the 2015 possesses magnificent intensity and power from start to finish. Blackberry jam, charcoal, smoke, licorice and asphalt are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass, but the 2015 truly stands out for its vertical structure and overall intensity. At the same time, the 2015 is an unusually ripe, exotic Las Cases with much more flesh and voluptuousness in its curves than is the norm. In that sense, the 2015, is not at all typical for Las Cases. And yet it is striking. The 14.5% alcohol is the highest recorded here. (AG)" (04/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Blackcurrant, blueberry and currant aromas with hints of black licorice and hot stones. Full-bodied with dense and integrated tannins and a long, long finish. It is all there and all about proportional harmony. Excellent focus and beauty. Drink in 2022." (02/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Leoville Las-Cases has the highest Cabernet contents in recent years, 85% and 9% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc respectively, partly because some of the old Merlot vines were blended into the deuxième vin. Picked between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days picking, it will be matured in 85% new oak. The alcohol level is 13.8%, higher than 2010 for example. Jean-Hubert Delon has crafted an extremely pure and tensile bouquet, almost pixelated with blackberry, briary, slate and oyster shell aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte and sensual on the entry, the tannins a little edgy with a gentle crescendo: black fruit, tons of minerals, real focus and precision towards the finish. This is a superlative Léoville Las-Cases with the substance to suggest long-term aging will be repaid. (NM)" (04/2016)

97 points Decanter: "The grand vin is heavily Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, as you would expect, with a touch of 80 year old Merlot and Léoville's wonderfully expressive Cabernet Franc. Aromas of cedar, cassis are slow to reveal their secrets. This is very closed right now, and the palate is inky with graphite and pencil lead notes, showing the power of the terroir here. There is a creamy edge to the tannins which eventually emerges. (JA)" (11/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Filled with blackberry, black currant, fig and boysenberry preserve flavors, this starts off showy, but a back end of brambly grip, warm tar, and pastis-soaked apple wood emerges slowly before taking an authoritative lead on the finish. All the while, a cool charcoal note weaves in and around everything. Best from 2025 through 2045. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2016

**One of the wines of the vintage** Classically built claret in the finest way. Dark fruited and complex with scorched earth, anise, violet, cedar, smoke, and mineral. Iron fist in a velvet glove. Absolutely love it.

2015 l'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

99 points James Suckling: "The violets, roses and dark fruits are so evident but they entice you in a subtle and fresh way. Full-bodied, dense and tannic, yet everything is so in tune with everything else and there are no hard edges or loose ends. Its like a whirlpool that draws you down and then shows you its beauty. The harmony and complexity is phenomenal. Try in 2024 but I dont want to wait." (02/2018)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, picked between 21-25 September at 41 hl/ha and matured in 70% new oak. Denis Durantou poured two samples for me. First from Darnajou barrel. Here, a very composed, effortless bouquet with extremely pure raspberry coulis, strawberry, almost confit-like scents that display ethereal delineation. This is not a powerful or intense bouquet, rather one that is sophisticated and refined, bunches of violet emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, crisp acidity, mineral-rich and tensile. There is tangible energy and refinement on the finish that lingers long and tenderly in the mouth, a wine constantly having something more to say. The second came from Demptos barrel. This was deeper on the nose, showing a touch more fruit, slightly higher toned. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, structured in the mouth, perhaps the barrel impressing its character more on the wine than the Darnajou. Together, they should combine to create a quite magical 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet. (NM)" (04/2016)

95-97 points Vinous: "Denis Durantou's 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is magnificent. A wine that has it all, the 2015 is vertical, dense and also remarkably translucent, all at the same time. The purity, freshness and energy of the 2015 is remarkable and yet the wine has immense depth. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 carries considerable tannic heft. In 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is a wine of stature and true pedigree. The 2015 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought in between September 21 and 25. Don't miss it. (AG)" (04/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers a fresh, enticing beam of raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry coulis flavors that stretch out admirably while light anise, singed apple wood and fruitcake notes check in. Picks up some sneaky grip and a pretty mineral twinge through the finish. Rather elegant overall considering how much is here. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

2015 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($599.00)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The crème de la crème from the northern Médoc is the 2015 Mouton Rothschild and this incredible wine flirts with perfection. Made from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, this inky purple-colored effort offers sensational Cabernet flare in its crème de cassis, graphite, lead pencil shavings, floral, and Asian spice aromas and flavors. It is full-bodied, dense, and incredibly concentrated, yet still has the sexy, opulent, seductive style of the vintage front and center. It will be a candidate for perfection in 10-12 years and is going to be one of the longest-lived wines in the vintage. Hats off to Philippe Dhalluim and his team for this incredible effort thats a step up over just about every other northern Médoc out there!" (11/2017)

99 points James Suckling: "Decadent and rich aromas of black cherries and plums with wet earth and sandalwood. Turns to dried mushrooms. Full-bodied, tight and closed with big, polished tannins, yet this is very closed and shy right now. Despite this, underneath it shows such depth and beauty. Tangy acidity. This is a combination of 2005 and 2009. Try it in 2024." (02/2018)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a relatively high percentage of Merlot simply because, as winemaker Philippe Dhalluin told me, that quality was so good. I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. (NM)" (04/2016)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a hugely opulent wine, packed with blackfruits, rich tannins and great concentration.It is a gorgeous wine thats full of potential, with the dense, dark core showing how well this wine will age. Drink this complex wine from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

98 points Decanter: "Gorgeously confident and rich in colour, you can see the silkiness in the glass from the first look. This has 11% press wine, which tells you how good the skins were and how gently they extract at first. Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin and team have really succeeded in this vintage. It is beautifully integrated, and full of verve and sexiness, just stopping short of swagger. It approaches the heights of 2015 in the most successful appellations and will age well. Bottled in June, with zero oxygen added at bottling and just 25 ppm of SO2. (JA)" (11/2017)

95-97 points Vinous: "Mouton Rothschild's 2015 is a wine built on finesse rather than power alone. Raspberry jam, spice, rose petal, pomegranate and blood orange make a very positive first impression. The 2015 is rich and intense on the palate, but never heavy. (AG)" (05/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a prodigious core of steeped fig, black currant and blackberry compote flavors, enmeshed with notes of smoldering tobacco, charcoal and licorice. Broad, deep and long, with a deep foundation of graphite through the finish. Despite the heft, this manages to show off some purity too. Best from 2025 through 2045. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Very majestic nose. Obviously first-growth quality. Savoury and plush in terms of texture. Restrained without being a wimp. Lovely scent. Dry finish but with some of Mouton's opulence before then. Very fine. Very exciting. Some saline sap as well as all the ripe fruit. 19/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2016

Another top wine of the vintage. Exotic aromas of spice and tobacco and coffee mixed with toasted oak. Velvety on the palate. So approachable. Maybe I can enjoy this in next ten years. 82%CS

2015 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) - 10 available ($599.99)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a great vintage from Lafite. Theprofile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine, is impressively dense in dark-fruit tones. It will age for many years. Drink from 2027, although that would almost be too soon. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

99 points James Suckling: "Lead and graphite are complemented by notes of blueberries and blackberries. Blackcurrants, too. Full-bodied and focused with very round and polished tannins. Elegance with power. Very classic nature for Lafite. Try in 2022." (02/2018)

97 points Decanter: "The power in this vintage of Lafite is hidden, but it is there in spades and tiptoes up along the palate. Lovely brushed tannins are extremely well placed, discreetly holding the fruit. In many ways this is a truly classic Lafite because it is understated and lyrical. It's a wine that demands you know Lafite to see just how beautifully it will develop, says winemaker Eric Kohler. 40% of overall estate production. 100% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

94-97 points Vinous: "A dramatic, ample Lafite, the 2015 is also arrestingly beautiful and vivid. Expressive floral notes give the dark red and black flavors gorgeous aromatic lift. Today, the new oak is a bit pronounced, but otherwise, this is an exceptional wine. Rose petal, lavender, mint and purplish stone fruits add the last shades of detail. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The grand vin 2015 Lafite-Rothschild checks in as 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot that was brought all in 100% new oak. Director Eric Kohler (who replaced Charles Chevallier in 2015) told me the vintage suffered a touch of dilution but wasnt a complicated year. The 2015 is an aristocratic, classy example from this estate that offers textbook lead pencil shavings, tobacco, smoked herbs, and graphite as well as a beautiful core of currant and cassis fruit. Its the most refined and subtle of the first growths, has medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin, and undeniable class and charm. Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 2-3 decades." (11/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet-purple shaded 2015 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot and was matured for 20 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). It is still sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage with a vibrant core of black raspberries, red currants and crushed plums plus touches of cigar boxes, violets and underbrush with a waft of tilled loam. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled with wonderful freshness and depth, it is compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth with a frame of seductively silky yet very firm tannins and culminating in a very long, racy and pure finish. Boasting spectacular finesse and packed with nuances, clearly, given some of the challenges here in 2015, this is a masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection and very clever craftingbravo! (LPB)" (02/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Velvet- and silk-textured red currant, raspberry and black cherry compote notes glide through, supported by a perfectly embedded graphite spine, while enticing violet, black tea and alder accents add range through the finish. Very refined and sneakily long. Best from 2025 through 2045. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Lustrous mid crimson. Lightly spicy nose and very smooth tannins in the Lafite style. Only just enough acidity. Blurry impression. Mild and charming - very restrained and Lafite. It builds on the end in an impressive manner. 18/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

2015 Ausone, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) - 8 available ($999.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "An utterly perfect wine from Alain Vauthier, the 2015 Château Ausone offers off the hook notes of crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice and dried flowers, with more floral and mineral characteristics developing with time in the glass. Amazingly deep, full-bodied, pure and ethereally textured, with building density and tannin, its one of those wines that need to be tasted to be believed. Unfortunately, the production is minuscule (and expensive). A wine that will make your heart rate jump, give it 4-5 years of cellaring and I suspect it will keep for as long as youd like to hang on to bottles. Its a tour de force in wine and the wine of the vintage in 2015." (11/2017)

97-100 points Vinous: "The 2015 Ausone is the embodiment of class. A seamless, mind-blowing wine, the Ausone boasts extraordinary purity and finesse. The flavors are deep and unctuous throughout, and yet the wine is remarkably vivid. A host of sweet floral notes and exotic spices are fused into the eternal finish. In 2015, Ausone is as good as it gets. Readers who can find the 2015 should not hesitate, as it is truly magnificent. All I can tell readers is that it took the most extraordinary discipline to spit this wine during my tasting. It is every bit that profound. The 2015 is 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot that will spend 20 months in French oak, 85% new. The Merlot was brought in between September 29 and October 2, while the Franc came in between October 8 and 10. (AG)" (04/2016)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "This magnificent wine brings together the great fruit of the vintage with a complex structure. The acidity, ripe tannins and the power of this dense wine are enormous, as is its aging potential. With that acidity and tannic structure, and with the perfumes from the Cabernet Franc, this wine will evolve slowly and with a measured pace. Drink from 2028. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

99 points James Suckling: "Very intense and aromatic Ausone with rose petals, fresh herbs, dark berries and raspberries. Full body and great intensity and brightness. Purity and focus reminiscent of crushed grapes. Such beauty, greatness and elegance to this wine. Goes on for minutes. Needs four or five years to come completely together but so long and beautiful. Try drinking in 2021." (02/2018)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot aged in French oak barrels, 85% new, for 20 months, the 2015 Ausone features a deep garnet-purple color and comes bounding out of the glass with expressive plum preserves, wild blueberries and cherry pie aromas plus fragrant nuances of roses, licorice, Indian spices, bakers chocolate, new leather and cedar chest plus a touch of underbrush. Big, rich, opulent and full-bodied in the mouth, it is laden with bold blue and black fruits, superbly supported by very firm, very finely grained tannins and wonderfully seamless freshness, finishing with long-lingering exotic spice hints. (LPB)" (02/2018)

96 points Decanter: "Suave texture but so much power behind. Fine, fragrant nose of pure berry fruit then real density and depth on the palate. Layered fruit and tannins but finely etched. Clean, long and persistent. (JL)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson with some purple. Real class and concentration on the nose - all vineyard, surely. Brisk yet very opulent. Lots of drive and no oak in evidence. Very fine. Very long. 18.5/20 points" (04/2016)

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2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc ($19.99)

90 points James Suckling: "Very attractive cassis and blackberries with strong fruit focus lead to a palate that has succulent, gently grippy tannins and a blue-plum finish. Try from 2021." (02/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from the northern part of the Médoc, past Saint-Estèphe, the 2015 Château Saint-Paul is a classic, old-school red with an herbal edge in its red and black currants, cigar smoke, cedar and even meaty bouquet. With medium-bodied richness, plenty of complexity, firm tannin and a silky profile on the palate, it should keep for a decade." (11/2017)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

This super value 2015 comes from just north of St. Estephe. It not only has the ripeness and power that make this vintage a wine critic favorite, but also the focus that will bring real pleasure at the table. These 2015's will be hard not to drink young, they have so much nice fruit and are incredibly open right now. I say buy some for now and some for later!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

The less expensive wines from the great 2015 Bordeaux vintage are starting to arrive and this hearty and fruity bottle is a great example. The alluring aromas of ripe raspberries lead to a deeply fruited and substantial body of dark fruit and mineral. The substantial grip on the finish suggests cellaring for a few years but the plush and sweet fruit make this difficult to resist with hearty food.

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2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($21.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Produced by the team of Calon Ségur, this wineis stylish and elegant while also full of the Saint Estèphe tannic structure. Fresh and fruity, it is also firm and tannic. Drink this spicy, juicy wine from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "This is structured and very linear with superfine and polished tannins. Its full-bodied yet reserved and held back with such tension and focus. Full-bodied, fine and chewy on the finish. Better in 2020." (02/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, to be matured in 60% new oak over the next 18 months. This is the first time that Petit Verdot has been included in the blend from new plantings, around ten-years-old now. It has a crisp blackberry and bilberry scented bouquet, quite linear, a floral aspect emerging after a couple of minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a structured opening, a decidedly more masculine Capbern Gasqueton in the making, with a slight tinniness towards the finish. Give this 3-4 years in bottle for the jaggedness in those tannins to soften. (NM)" (04/2016)

88-90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Capbern is striking. Pliant, open-knit and seductive, the 2015 offers lovely radiance and superb balance, especially at this level. Black cherry, plum, mint and violet notes are laced into the aromatic, silky finish. There is so much to like in this forward, fruit-driven Saint-Estèphe. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A rocking wine from the northern Médoc is the 2015 Château Capbern and its 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new barrels. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, impressively concentrated beauty boasts outstanding notes of ripe black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with lots of crushed flower and damp earth/clay-like nuances. It has terrific purity and ripe, yet present, tannin and will benefit from a couple years in the cellar. Its a little gem that will be loved by old-school Bordeaux lovers." (11/2017)

Wine Spectator: "This has dark plum and black currant compote flavors that belie the lighter vintage for this AOC, while tobacco, roasted alder and bay leaf notes fill in. A solid effort, with a dark, slightly sauvage profile emerging through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2027. (JM)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

I never thought that I would be able to say this, but St. Estephe is the home of value for thoroughbred Bordeaux! This concentrated, even chocolaty, exotic claret has power and dark fruit to spare. It also has a surprisingly elegant, long, dry finish and very good complexity. If you are looking for a great bargain in 2015 for the cellar, look no further!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

This is phenomenal wine for the price-so sweet, warm and fresh with plenty of ripe, fine tannin on the finish. Decant this tonight or lay some away for 10+ years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

The first wine we tasted on the 2016 Bordeaux trip and we loved it. In fact we preferred it to the Marquis de Calon. It has just arrived and wow is it good. These 15s are easy to drink, but they are young so decant one hour on this one. It is sweet and silky. The finish screams St Estephe. Great balance and tremendous depth of flavor for just over $20. Buy a case and taste it in three years.

Staff ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

A good, go-to Bordeaux keeps us all happy. Chateau Capbern of St Estephe delivers in a bright, energetic profile bursting with fresh cherries, violets, spicy notes and a skosh of mineral in the background echoes. On the palate the cherries remain dominate, filling your mouth with a juicy, savory charisma accented with blackberry, bramble and dark toast on a well structured frame.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

The K&L team (myself included) tasted this back at the chateau in 2016 when the wine was still being finished and about fell over ourselves, gushing about the superb quality of the 2015 Capbern (and the vintage as a whole). Now that the wine is in bottle and on our shelves, it's even better. It may seem like a shame to drink a Bordeaux this young in its youth (and the Capbern will definitely reward patience), but the wine tastes SOOOO GOOD right now. The pretty, fleshy, concentrated fruit is lush and supple on the palate and the tannins are fine, almost chewy. Not only should you buy a bottle of the 2015 Capbern because it's a great wine for a great price from a great producer, you should use it as a bellweather for the vintage. 2015 is the best Bordeaux vintage since 2009 in my opinion and the wines are fruit-forward, yet never over the top; they're approachable yet nuanced and complex. Example number one is the 2015 Capbern: the best bang for your buck Bordeaux thus far at K&L from this fantastic harvest.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2017

Within seconds of tasting Ch. Capbern at Calon Segur on April 2nd 2016 the entire K&L team was in full agreement to buy all we could get our hands on! This is a wine of great freshness and fruit, and will be joy to drink young. A Fantastic Value! Ralph Sands

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2015 S de Siran, Margaux ($21.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 S de Siran, the deuxième vin of Siran, is not usually sold en primeur. It offers dried violet petals on the nose, a melange of red and black fruit, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is smooth and quite fleshy, well balanced with sappy black fruit on the finish that leaves you with a pepper aftertaste. Give this a couple of years in bottle. (NM)" (04/2016)

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2015 Godeau, St-Emilion ($24.99)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Godeau offers notable density and impeccable overall balance. Violet, lavender and a host of floral notes give the Godeau much of its aromatic presence. Layers of inky blue/purplish fruit build to the striking, expressive finish. This is very nicely done. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought in between September 28 and October 9 from a steep hillside site in Saint-Émilion. Julien Lavenu is the consulting winemaker. (AG)" (04/2016)

88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers rather exuberant fruit, with plum, blackberry and blueberry confiture notes that are almost gushy, but should have enough freshness to stay focused through the finish. This should be solid if it gets more spine from the élevage. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

91 points James Suckling: "Because its packed with ripe black fruits and bitter chocolate, the first impression this gives is of softness and easy drinking. Yet the finish reveals itself in a rather serious tannin structure. Drink or hold" (02/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Château Godeau has a stately, simple, but clean and fresh blackberry and wild hedgerow-scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, structured and dense in the mouth, yet maintaining pleasant freshness and focus all the way to the grainy finish. Give this 3-4 years in bottle and you should have a fine Saint Émilion. (NM)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

This is the last to arrive of our April 2017 tasting trip finds for value. Vinous scores it 90-93 and we agree. Black raspberries abound on the nose and palate. A sort of new wave entry, but fine acid balance is a hallmark of this wine. First time for K&L to carry this beauty-it won't be the last I am sure.I am loving these 2015s.

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2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan ($34.99)

88-90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Clémentin de Pape Clément Rouge offers a glimpse into the personality of Pape Clément, one of the great terroirs in Bordeaux. Ample, rich and generous, the 2015 is beautifully textured and supple throughout, with plenty of cherry jam, pomegranate, blood orange and exotic spice overtones. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (04/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Le Clementine du Pape Clement is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, picked between September 25 and October 15, with malolactic completed in barrel where it will age for 16 months. It has a fragrant blackberry, bilberry and balsamic-tinged bouquet that seems approachable. (NM)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: A fabulous value - the 2nd wine of Pape Clement from a great vintage. A third the price of the first wine and well worth every penny.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

The 2nd wine of Pape-Clement is warm, approachable and already showing good complexity. Ripe red fruits, surprising mid-palate roundness and a gravely finish show the pedigree of this great property. Delicious now.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

And yet another example of fantastic second wines from a fantastic a vintage. No doubt Le Clementin delivers an impressive wine, and also maintain its classic Pessac-Leognan style. Cocoa powder, plums and cassis jam and wet stone and a great tannin/acid structure framing it, and balancing this elegant wine.