2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc (Previously $20)

SKU #1332624 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.  (2/2018)

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)


 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)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2018 | Send Email
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!
Drink from 2018 to 2030

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.