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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) 92 $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) 96 $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) 100 $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 Price: Hidden View
2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe 93 $21.99 View
2015 S de Siran, Margaux 93 $21.99 View
2015 Godeau, St-Emilion 93 $24.99 View
2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 90 Price: Hidden 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)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lanessan has a crushed cherries and warm plums-scented nose with an earthy undercurrent. It's medium-bodied with pleasant chew to the structure and an earthy finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: 90-92 points Neal Martin: "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?" (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)

92 points Decanter: "This is still 100% Merlot, while waiting for the Cabernet Franc vines to mature (it's massal selection from Beauregard). Despite the pure Merlot, this is tight, almost austere, with clear ageing potential. It has carefully extracted black fruits and firm tannins, yet there's a softness through the mid-palate and an opening out on the finish which develops into plump red fruits. (JA)" (03/2018)

91-92 points James Suckling: "This is a fascinating wine that is 100% Merlot with plenty of fruit and velvety tannins. Lovely center palate." (04/2016)

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Le Thil is a dark, powerful wine endowed with serious fruit intensity and power. Black fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice and tobacco give the 2015 much of its dark, brooding personality. From barrel, the 2015 was much more sexy. Today, it is decidedly more tannic and rustic, especially in its tannins. It will be interesting to see if bottle age helps smooth things out. There is more than enough density to support at least a handful of years in the cellar. (AG)" (02/2018)

Wine Spectator: "The juicy red currant and raspberry fruit flavors are studded with licorice snap and tar notes, but stay fresh, with tobacco and iron details scoring the finish. Best from 2019 through 2026. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

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 their influence has made it 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 gracious, understated and classy. There is lovely aromatic lift to perk up the dark red and purplish berry flavors. Silky, medium in body and gracious, Lalande-Borie shows the more feminine side of Saint-Julien to great effect. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next handful of years. (AG)" (02/2018)

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

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Poujeaux is gorgeous and open-knit, with lovely fruit presence, soft contours and tons of near to medium-term appeal. Silky tannins add to the wine's inviting personality. The sweet red cherry and plum flavors have an extra dimension of richness and deepness in 2015 that is unusual, but that also adds to the wine's undeniable allure. This is a gorgeous wine from the Cuvelier family. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (02/2018)

Wine Spectator: "A pretty wine, with floral notes out front followed by enticing plum and cherry compote accents. Light savory and tobacco hints gild the finish. Best from 2019 through 2025. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

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 ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2018

Another under $35 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 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 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.

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)

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 Vinous: "One of the sleepers of the vintage, the 2015 Cantemerle is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, new leather and tobacco all flesh out in this inviting, resonant Haut-Médoc. A wine with gorgeous presence and no hard edges, Cantemerle captures all the sheer early appeal of the vintage. Cantemerle is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cantemerle has a nose of warm plums, blackberries and red currants with a waft of fragrant earth. Medium-bodied with nice vibrancy and freshness, it offers approachable tannins with a lift to the finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2018

Incredibly elegant wine that delivers tremendous quality. Very precise and classic, with notes of pencil shavings and fresh tobacco. The fruit profile showing dark berries, plums and cassis, although still a bit primary, is rich and yet restrained. Perfectly ripened tannins and balanced acidity. This wine deserves time in the cellars. A sleeper of the vintage, and a very good choice to buy by the case.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2018

This could be for me the greatest value wine of the vintage. (Under $35). 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 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 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!

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)

91 points Vinous: "The 2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville has much to offer. Bold, vibrant and impeccable in its balance, the 2015 is beautifully delineated and classy. Sweet red cherry, white pepper, leather and mint give the flavors a distinctly bright upper register of nuance. There is lovely brightness running through the Tourelles that keeps the flavors bright. The Tourelles is the chateau's Merlot-based red and is a bit of an outlier relative to the other wines in this range. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

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 a firm, potent wine with plenty of energy and overall drive. As it did from barrel, the bottled 2015 comes across as lacking a bit of mid-palate depth, which makes the wine its rather compact feel. There is good nuance to the savory, earthy flavors, but I would like to see a little more fruit and overall depth. Even so, the 2015 is an attractive wine with plenty of character. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (02/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 du Tertre is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of baked cherries, blackberries and dried herbs with a waft of potpourri and fallen leaves. The medium-bodied palate is delicately styled with perfumed red and black fruits supported by firm, grainy tannins and it finishes with a refreshing herbal lift. 90+ (LPB)" (02/2018)

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)

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)

96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Malartic Lagravière is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, voluptuous and dramatic, it captures all of the natural intensity of the year. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and French oak build into a crescendo of stunning aromas, flavors and textures. This is in an especially dark, sumptuous style, but it all works beautifully. The 2015 was positively thrilling each of the three times I tasted it. 96+ points. (AG)" (02/2018)

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. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

94 points Decanter: "One of only six estates classified in both red and white. This is great, with rich, smoky coffee grounds and not a hint of bitterness. It's easily one of the best Malartics I have tasted, hitting another level and showing improvement from its en primeur state. Very enjoyable with great persistency, it's not trying too hard but still makes its presence known. (JA)" (12/2017)

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 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new and 20% one-year-old, the 2015 Malartic Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has notes of crushed black currants, fresh black berries and black raspberries with hints of tar, dried herbs and garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, energetic and refreshing in the mouth with firm, grainy tannins and an uplifting finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

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: "Tremendous fruit ripeness blackcurrant and plum with oak just giving an echo of spice on the nose. Its the kind of ripeness that would have been unthinkable for Bordeaux of old. The tannin is still very punchy, although it has a softness that makes it drinkable even now. Excellent stuff! 17.5/20 points (RH)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: " The 2015 Malartic Lagraviere has enjoyed a fine run of form in recent vintages. This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot with smaller portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet for the appellation with scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, cedar and a touch of graphite that lends it a Pauillac-like veneer. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, more black than red fruit infused with pencil lead and smoke. It fans out wonderfully toward the finish, completing a wonderful Malartic Lagravière that will age with panache. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2045." (NM)

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 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 Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that overdelivers in the appellation is the 2015 Château Langoa Barton which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon yet includes 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Brought up in 60% new oak, it boasts a deep purple color and smokin good notes of caramelized cherries, crème de cassis, toasty oak, and graphite. Big, full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with awesome purity of fruit as well as notable elegance, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for two to three decades. Bravo!" (11/2017)

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)

93 points Vinous: "What a nice surprise the 2015 Langoa-Barton is. Racy, silky and forward, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Succulent red cherry and pomegranate fruit are nicely lifted by floral and spice notes that add aromatic intensity and layers of flavor. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable immediacy and sheer appeal. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Langoa Barton has an expressive bouquet with a touch of hoisin on the nose, something a little 'Far East' to add a little intrigue. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very lithe in the mouth with a sweet core of black fruit. There is an approachability to this Langoa that makes it very appealing although I would like more complexity to develop with bottle age. (NM)" (02/2018)

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)

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 Vinous: "A rich, exotic wine, the 2015 Cantenac Brown is simply stunning. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, espresso, licorice and leather all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Margaux. A rush of super-ripe dark cherry, plum, violet, lavender and sweet French oak builds as this plush, explosive wine shows off its bold personality. The 2015 is quite concentrated and extracted in style, and yet all the elements are wonderfully fused together. I would give the 2015 at least a few years to assimilate some of its new oak. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

95 points Vinous: "One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2015 Malescot Saint Exupéry is superb. Grilled herbs, smoke, black cherry, lavender, menthol and graphite literally explode from this glass. Huge swaths of tannin give the wine its shape and big, ample frame. Iron, smoke, graphite, grilled herbs and licorice punctuate the huge, powerful finish. Readers should be in no rush to open the 2015, as it is likely to require at least a handful of years to become approachable. (AG) 95+" (02/2018)

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)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Malescot St. Exupery is scented of chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and red plums with touches of earth and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of expressive fruit, it finishes long and pure. (LPB) 94+" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Malescot St. Exupery, which showed so impressively in barrel, has developed a gorgeous bouquet with sea spray-infused black fruit, well defined with hints of shucked oyster shell. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine line of acidity, a Margaux that is tensile from start to finish without compromising fruit concentration. There is a lot of personality in this Malescot, real terroir expression on the finish and it has a very promising future. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2045." (02/2018)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 16, 2018

Here they lost 10% due to frost and 20% more with tropical rains and rot. 52%CS and 48%M. Deep blackish color. Great aromatics of red rose and cassis. Very sweet entry on the palate-lots of red fruited flavors. Lush and seamless-three in a row here for top quality.Almost $30 less than the 2015.

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 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 Decanter: "I loved this at en primeur, and again it is fully delivering on its promise. It has a high proportion of Cabernet Franc for a Pessac Leognan wine, which can make it a bit austere early on, but it has now had two years to fatten up. Layers of chocolate enrobed tannins and dark bilberry and cassis fruits make this a classically-styled wine, still taut but not so austere. Great wine with long ageing potential. (JA)" (03/2018)

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. Tasted three times. (AG)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion has a beautiful bouquet with layers of red cherry, raspberry and cedar, a touch of cassis that emerges with time. This is a very sophisticated bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful structure and focus. This is precise but full of personality, the Cabernet Franc very expressive on the bell pepper-tinged finish. This is a very impressive Les Carmes Haut Brion with the substance to merit long-term cellaring (if you wish). This is definitely one to watch. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2045." (02/2018)

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)

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)

91 points Vinous: "The 2015 Duhart-Milon comes across as much tighter and more reticent than it did from barrel, but some, or, perhaps, all, of that might be attributable the post-bottling shock. Time in the glass brings out the wine's plentiful sensual charms, with hints of crushed flowers, tobacco, mint, leather and smoke that add nuance throughout. The 2015 opens up nicely with air, which leads me to believe that all the 2015 needs is time in bottle. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)" (02/2018)

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)

93 points Vinous: "Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2015 Gruaud-Larose is a real bruiser. Iron, gravel, smoke, mocha and licorice wrap around a core of intense dark fruit, all with a backbone of big, rustic tannins that give the wine its shape. The 2015 needs a good few years to come together. There is certainly no shortage of personality or character. (AG)" (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)

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)

97 points Vinous: "One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2015 Pavie Macquin is positively stellar. A veritable explosion of super-ripe red cherry, rose petal and mocha makes a strong opening statement. Silky on the palate, with soft tannins and tons of sheer exoticism, the 2015 is stunningly beautiful. All of the signatures of the site are turned up to the maximum in this vivid, head-spinning wine from estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Don't miss it! (AG)" (02/2018)

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 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pavie Macquin bursts forth from the glass with profound notions of plum preserves, fruit cake, Indian spices and chargrilled meat with touches of black soil, mocha, cedar chest and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, voluptuously fruited and decadently styled in the mouth, the packed layers of black fruit preserves and exotic spices are well-matched by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness that sits comfortably in the background, finishing with great length and depth. (LPB)" (02/2018)

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)

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)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Calon Ségur is a very pretty, if somewhat one-dimensional wine with good brightness in its floral-infused red berry fruit. The purity aromas and flavors is striking, but the texture, dimension and complexity of the very best years is elusive. The 2015 is an attractive, mid-weight Calon Ségur to drink while some of the more recent vintages, especially the 2014 and 2016, are left to age in the cellar. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

96 points Vinous: "A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Léoville-Barton is going to need quite a bit of time to come together, as it is massively tannic and structured at this stage. (AG)" (02/2018)

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: "Deep crimson. Fresh and zesty. Much more lifted than its Langoa stablemate. Really rather glorious actually. Very fresh but with slaty undertow. Now this is a 'mineral' wine! 18/20" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Leoville Barton is less expressive than the Langoa Barton at the moment, although there is more complexity locked up here. Black fruit, briary, crushed stone and a touch of violet all vie for attention. The palate is fresh and vibrant, nicely structured albeit without the depth and volume that I think the 2016 will bring. I would prefer a touch more persistence but otherwise this is a finely made, stylish Leoville Barton (as usual). Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045." (2/2018)

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)

100 points James Suckling: "This is extraordinary. There has never been a wine like this here since the famous 1990 or underrated 1989. Violets, flowers, stones and limestone. Oyster-shell undertones. Full-bodied, muscular and so structured. A phenomenal wine that reminds me of the great Bordeaux of the 1950s. Try in 2026." (02/2018)

98 points Vinous: "One of the undisputed stars of the vintage, the 2015 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is dark, brooding and explosive to its core. The essence of super-ripe dark cherry, plum, graphite, crushed rocks, gravel, smoke and incense infuses a dramatic, sweeping Saint-Émilion endowed with superb power and intensity. Sumptuous, spectacularly rich and also massively structured, the 2015 is going to need at least a decade to come into its own. Those lucky enough to find it are in for a treat, as the 2015 is a total stunner. Nicolas Thienpont and his team hit a number of home runs in 2015, including at Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse, where both wines are simply great. Tasted two times with consistent notes. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

96 points Decanter: "Rich, tight, powerful and silky - an extremely accomplished wine in a great vintage. It's big but in control, with sweeping notes of liquorice and dark chocolate. It needs time to soften, but holds all the cards. Drinking Window 2023 - 2040. (JA)" (12/2017)

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)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is a blend of 90% Merlot picked between 25 September and 5 October and 10% Cabernet Franc picked on 5 and 12 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a seductive and very pure black cherry, crème de cassis and vanilla-tinged bouquet that feels backward at the moment. There is a sense of opulence here but it feels as if it is being held back. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp acidity, lovely balance and purity. Perhaps as I remarked from barrel, it is not endowed with the tension of the best vintages that I have encountered from the estate, but it feels long and tender in the mouth and should drink well for 20+ years. (NM)" (02/2018)

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. 17/20 points. (JR)" (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)

97 points Vinous: "Proprietor Alfred Tesseron and winemaker Jean-Michel Comme produced an absolutely stellar Pontet-Canet in 2015. Sumptuous, racy and totally inviting, the 2015 is all class. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice and exotic floral notes build as the 2015 shows off its alluring personality. Even with all of its raciness, the 2015 speaks with authority and power. Fine tannins extend the persistent, highly nuanced finish. The 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged 50% new oak, 4% in terra cotta and 15% in neutral oak. Tasted three times. (AG) 97+" (02/2018)

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)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth. (LPB) 96+" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Pontet-Canet has an intense, crushed violet-scented bouquet that as I remarked upon out of barrel, imparts a Margaux-like personality. It is quite high-toned and exuberant at this early juncture and will clearly require several years to calm down. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent black fruit on the entry, quite spicy with notes of black pepper and sage, perhaps just a little fiery in personality. However, counterbalancing this is a sense of harmony and focus. It is just a bit boisterous at this early stage, then the finish is tightly wound albeit well defined, leaving that spiciness as its calling card on the aftertaste. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2045." (02/2018)

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 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)

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)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pape Clement is blended of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, matured in 80% new and 20% one-year-old French oak barrels for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple, it opens with profound notes of crushed red and black currants, black cherries and cassis with touches of mocha, baking spices, menthol and lavender plus a hint of new leather. Medium-bodied, firm and concentrated with tons of tightly wound black fruit and earth layers, it has a grainy frame and refreshing lift on the long finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

96 points Vinous: "One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Pape Clément is fabulous. Dark and beautifully resonant, it captures all the natural radiance of the year in the Pape Clément style. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, new leather and spice effortlessly fill out the wine's ample frame. Soft contours and an open-knit, inviting personality are just two of the reasons the Pape Clément is going to be virtually impossible to resist, even in the early going. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Tasted two times.(AG)" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Pape Clement, a blend of 53% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and a 'few' bunches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, has a very pure and seductive bouquet with cranberry, blackberry, cedar and graphite, plusher than its peers but well defined with a sense of succulence that Pape Clement often conveys in great vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin, finely boned Pessac-Léognan with a complex, lightly spiced finish laced with tobacco and white pepper, a hint of clove on the aftertaste. This is a terrific Pape Clement that is showing much more sophistication and class than say, the 1998 Pape Clement that I tasted alongside. However it deserves a decade in bottle to show what it can really do. Chapeau!" (02/2018)

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 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." (02/2018)

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)

94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Certan de May is deep, powerful and imposing. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and mint are some of the many notes that fill out the wine's frame. Vertical in feel, with potent tannins, the 2015 needs time to fully come together. Even so, it does not appear to be an especially refined wine. The blend is 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (02/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "With its proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has an elegant profile, while the Merlot reflects the natural opulence of the vintage. Acidity, concentration and black fruits are all there, along with the tannin that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2026. (RV)"

93 points Decanter: "Always one of the softer wines in the Moueix range (although owned by Jean-Luc Barreau), this has a pronounced edge of smoke and graphite, feeling precise yet pliant. The velvety tannins are classic Pomerol, suiting the vintage and giving intensity to the fruit, but it's a wine that can be approached a little more early than the others in the range - think five to eight years here. (JA)" (11/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors are infused liberally with accents of mulling spices, while velvety structure runs underneath. Black tea and cinnamon details infuse the finish, which has a slightly firm plum skin edge. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,000 cases made. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

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)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This sumptuous, powerful wine has a great sense of structure and tannins. It is also overwhelmingly dense with black fruits and swathes of rich black currants. In this vintage, even more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual in the blend has given a ripe wine set for a far-distant future. Drink from 2026. (RV)" (05/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Montrose opens with broody black fruits, menthol and anise notes with a core of cassis, blueberries and mulberries plus a touch of cedar chest. The medium-bodied mouth is firm and chewy with a good core of muscular fruit and a long, earthy finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

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)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Montrose has developed very nicely over the last two years. As it showed from barrel, the 2015 is a relatively light-bodied wine for this site. Even so, all the elements are very nicely balanced throughout. I suspect the 2015 needs at least a handful of years to become fully expressive and will age for decades, although it will never be a huge wine in the style of viscerally thrilling vintages like 2014, 2016 and so many others. The 2015 is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in French oak, 30% new. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Montrose was bottled in July 2017, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. I remember that Herve Berland felt that I was rather mean to the 2015 after the splendid 2014. Certainly I find that élevage has meliorated this Montrose and lent the aromatics a little more complexity and cohesion compared to its showing in barrel. There is still plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, also a subtle floral component that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth and almost silky in texture with a fine bead of acidity. This is certainly one of the more elegant and graceful Montrose in recent years with a lovely saline, marine-influenced finish. I maintain that it will be surpassed by the 2014 and nascent 2016, but it remains a delicious Montrose whose fineness of tannins should render it more approachable than other recent vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045." (2/2018)

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)

97 points Vinous: "A gorgeous, arrestingly beautiful wine, the 2015 Valandraud delivers on all the promise it showed as a barrel sample, and then some. Soft contours and layers of sumptuous fruit add to its considerable appeal. Readers will have to give the 2015 at least a few years to develop aromatic complexity. Today, the wine's off-the-charts intensity and opulence are attention-grabbing, to be sure, but the best is yet to come. This is a superb showing from Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. The 2015 is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in barrel. (AG)" (02/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Valandraud is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a profound nose of baked cherries, warm black plums, blueberry preserves and smoked meats with tilled earth, mocha, Indian spices and dried herbs nuances plus a touch of licorice. The mouth is big, full-bodied and powerful with notable, velvety tannins and it is packed with savory and spice flavor layers, finishing with epic length. This big-boned, voluptuous, Rubenesque beauty will blow hedonists' minds! 96+ (LPB)" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Valandraud has a very perfumed bouquet, quite feisty in the glass with macerated black cherries, griottes, blueberry jam and graphite. It feels impenetrable at the moment and constitutes one of the most opaque Valandrauds that I have encountered just after bottling. The palate is smooth as satin on the entry: well-judged acidity, neatly integrated new oak, quite rich but well balanced with a sumptuous blackberry and cassis finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a classy offering from Jean-Luc Thunevin, although it deserves several years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2045." (02/2018)

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)

91 points Vinous: "A massive, powerful wine, the 2015 Enclos Tourmaline sits on the edge of overripeness, and yet there is just enough balance to keep the wine on course. To be sure, this is an extroverted, flamboyant style. The black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice and leather flavors are all amped up in this sumptuous Saint-Émilion. Enclos Tournaline is 100% old-vine Merlot from the heart of proprietor Peter Kwok's La Patache Pomerol estate. Michel Rolland consults. Tasted two times. (AG)" (02/2018)

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 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)

97 points Vinous: "Newly-arrived Technical Director Marielle Cazaux turned out a jewel of a wine at La Conseillante in 2015, her debut vintage. A polished and super-sophisticated Pomerol, La Conseillante is all class. Precise, lifted aromatics make a strong first impression, but it is the wine's overall feel and sense of harmony that truly dazzle. Over the last two years, the 2015 seems to have gained in freshness, precision and nuance. What a wine! The blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Don't' miss it. (AG)" (02/2018)

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 Decanter: "I misjudged this en primeur; its much better in bottle. Elegant nose with blackcurrant, spice and violets. Beautifully textured, the tannins present but refined. Accelerates on the finish giving impressive length. Drinking Window 2023 - 2040. (JL)" (05/2018)

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)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson with ruby rim. Seductive aroma of dark-red fruits, a hint of violets, and the scent carries through onto the palate, where the tannins are super-smooth but compact. A long, complete wine. 17.5/20 points (JH)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 La Conseillante has a sophisticated bouquet with pure, mineral-driven red fruit laced with truffle and minerals. There is a subtle floral tincture to this La Conseillante, quite feminine and almost understated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and supple in the mouth yet there is a superb structure underneath, while the finish feels pixelated. There is a faint semblance to the 2016 Clinet this year, although I suspect this will need longer to reach its peak. This is a great wine from winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Anticipated maturity: 2024 - 2045." (02/2018)

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)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Léoville Las Cases is simply captivating. Sumptuous, racy and explosive in the glass, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous energy from start to finish. An exotic melange of crème de cassis, graphite, menthol and licorice bursts onto the palate as the 2015 shows off its alluring personality. Spectacularly rich, dense and full-throttle, with huge tannins that are nearly buried underneath the fruit, the 2015 is an unusual Las Cases. It is also breathtakingly beautiful. Readers who can find it should not miss it. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "Bottled in July 2017, the 2015 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot cropped at 39 hectoliters per hectare. It has an arresting bouquet, very intense with blackberry, blueberry and oyster shell aromas, becoming more floral with aeration with hints of crushed violet developing. This is quite a 'punchy' bouquet that demands your attention. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, a fine line of acidity, very impressive tension and an involving, mineral-driven finish (you can feel the tongue tingling after the wine has departed). It will require at least a decade in bottle, but it will be worth the wait. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050." (2/2018)

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)

99 points Vinous: "The 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet is one of the wines of the vintage. Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, the 2015 towers out of the glass with stunning power and richness. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco and menthol are some of the many notes pulse through this riveting Pomerol. There is plenty of structure, but the tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Hints of lavender, smoke, spice, licorice reappear to round out the finish. L'Eglise-Clinet is 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in 70% new oak. More importantly, the 2015 is a total pleasure bomb. This a fabulous wine from Denis Durantou. Don't miss it. (AG)" (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)

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)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 L'Eglise Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was matured in 70% new oak. It has an engaging, exquisite bouquet with effervescent red cherries, crushed strawberry, cold stone and violet aromas that just leap from the glass. The definition here is astonishingly good. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth, satin-like texture and superb depth with a fine line of acidity, quite saline in the mouth and such effortless balance that you can almost ignore the backbone and structure of this Pomerol. As usual, it is a wine that will benefit from long-term aging--a supreme success for both the vintage and winemaker Denis Durantou and Olivier Gautrat (Denis’s wing man who has been at the property since 2001). Chapeau! Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2055." (02/2018)

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 2% 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)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Mouton Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak with a mid-July 2017 bottling. Deep garnet-purple colored, this Mouton pulls off an incredibly impactful entrance, emerging from the glass with profound notes of blackberry preserves, plum pudding, crème de cassis and grilled meats, featuring perfectly accessorized accents of sandalwood, cinnamon stick and fenugreek with wafts of dried roses, unsmoked cigars and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with rich, ripe black fruits sparked with blue and red fruit undertones and an incredible structure of very firm, very ripe tannins, with seamless freshness and an epically long, earth-laced finish. Possessing striking natural beauty framed by impeccable crafting, this 2015 is a total diva and well worth attention. Give it a good 7-8 years in bottle, at least, and drink it over the next 30+ years. (LPB)" (02/2018)

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)

97 points Vinous: "In 2015, Mouton Rothschild is fabulous. A big, towering wine, the 2015 makes its presence felt with layers of super-ripe dense fruit and striking textural resonance that carries all the way through to the finish. The 2015 is much more reticent from bottle than it was from barrel, which is not at all surprising, but is something readers should take into account. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2015 Mouton is a wine of classically inspired proportions. I can't wait to taste it in another 15-20 years. The 2015 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc that spend 19 months in 100% new French oak. 97+ points. (AG)" (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Mouton Rothschild has a deep, almost opaque color. The nose is very intense and extraordinarily backward: blackberry, graphite (in fact, more like a big box of pencil shavings), hints of blueberry, violet and a splash of Indian ink. It must surely constitute one of the most penetrating aromatics this vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin that forms the arching structure of this Mouton, with layers of rich black fruit reined in by the killer line of acidity. This is ineffably pure and delineated toward the finish with an effervescent finish that leaves a stupid grin on your face. Together with that brilliant label by Gerhard Richter, this is a must-have in your cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2028 - 2060." (02/2018)

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. The profile 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)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The grand vin 2015 Lafite-Rothschild checks in as 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot that was brought up 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) 96+" (02/2018)

96 points Vinous: "Rich, powerful and enveloping, the 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is endowed with serious volume and textural resonance. Super-ripe plum, smoke and spice notes emerge in the glass, but only with great reluctance. Although the aromatics aren't giving much at this point, the palate is much more expressive. The wine's sheer power and authoritative tone result in an unusually dramatic Lafite. The 2015 is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot that spent 20 months in oak, which is a bit more than the norm. 96+ points. (AG)" (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)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Lafite Rothschild, which was bottled in May 2017, has a very refined bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, hints of cassis and violets, all beautifully defined. It is initially quite understated but blossoms in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly chalky tannin. The acidity here is perfectly pitched, lending tension and that sense of vibrancy that winemaker Eric Kohler talks about. It just seems to flow nicely along before fanning out toward the precise finish although I still believe that its proximity to Saint-Estèphe that suffered more pre-harvest rain possibly shaved off a little of what could have been. Nevertheless, this is a Lafite that seems to run like clockwork and it will surely give immense pleasure over the next 20 or 30 years. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2050." (02/2018)

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)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Ausone, an equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc matured in 85% new oak, has a deep, introspective bouquet at first, the Cabernet Franc more expressive than the Merlot at the moment, with undergrowth and damp moss scents permeating through the black fruit, pressed violets and incense gradually surfacing and a hint of orange pith. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, extremely pure and refined with an undertow of mineralité. There is outstanding tension to this Ausone, perhaps a little more approachable compared to the wines of the 1990s, not as oppressive in terms of structure due to its unerring poise. Though I strongly suspect that it will be surpassed by the 2016, it is still a magnificent Ausone that will drink for many years. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2050." (02/2018)

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2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc Price: Hidden

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)

Vinous: "The 2015 Saint-Paul is bold, powerful and hearty, with terrific balance and more than enough depth to drink well for at least a few years. Grilled herbs, smoke, leather, licorice and tobacco are all pushed forward in this succulent, bold wine. The 2015 has turned out even better than I expected. Saint-Paul is 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Simon Blanchard is the consulting winemaker. (AG)" (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 ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 09, 2018

This wine really surprised me for its quality and complexity considering its price bracket. First of all it is a picture perfect Médoc, full of exotic spices, cedar and even a touch of leather. It does have griping tannins, as it should. Try with some lamb stew and a flavorful couscous.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2018

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.

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!

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2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($21.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Produced by the team of Calon Ségur, this wine is 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)

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)

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 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)

92-93 points James Suckling: " Full and velvety textured red with lots of blackberry and blueberry character. Fresh backbone. Second wine of Siran." (04/2016)

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)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Godeau is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Inky, deep and intensely aromatic, it makes a strong first impression. Although the 2015 is decidedly sumptuous, it also has quite of tannic bite and overall verticality. Readers will want to cellar this explosive Saint-Émilion for at least a few years. (AG) 93+" (02/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with boysenberry, fig and raspberry pâte de fruit notes, backed by solid, brambly grip that gives this needed energy, ending with licorice and roasted apple wood accents on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,625 cases made. (JM, web only, 2018)"

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." (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 Price: Hidden

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Le Clementin du Pape Clement is medium garnet-purple colored with a warm plums, mulberries and earth-scented nose with a touch of dried herbs. Medium-bodied and firm with good tension and grip, it finishes long and fruity. (LPB)" (02/2018)

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.