Bordeaux 2015 with Jesper Kjaersgaard
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in News
Langton’s sat down with our own head of international buying, Jesper Kjaersgaard to discuss the wines from 2015 vintage and find out how his wine journey truly began with bottle of Bordeaux.
As the 2015 Bordeaux have arrived, it's appropriate to remind ourselves why Bordeaux has become one of the greatest wines in the world. Being the wines of Aristocrats, Royals and Prime Ministers, the Bordelais have been very good at telling us their story and importance as the leading wine region in the world.
Growing up in Denmark, the first thing I was asked when I started in the wine store in 1995 was “name the five 1er Crus of Bordeaux”. Admittedly, I had no idea what the answer was, let alone what Bordeaux was. I quickly learnt, not only to name the five 1er Crus but also to memorize the full 61 wines that make up the 1855 Classification. Coincidentally, it was a wine from Bordeaux that launched me on the road of wine discovery that I am still very much travelling on today. The wine was a 1985 Lafite-Rothschild and it was served to me by my (very generous) boss at the time. From that point on, there was no doubt in my mind what my future would hold.
Back then, Bordeaux was easier to come by and had by no means hit the stratospheric prices they command today. I remember days of my fellow colleagues and I hunting around wine cellars for old Bordeaux that we had read about and wanted to try; names like Haut-Brion, Latour and Yquem! To be able to build a memory of taste with these wines makes me feel very privileged and I just wish the new generation of wine lovers could have the same start in their love affair with wine as I did.
Was 2015 in Bordeaux a good year?
As with most wine regions in Europe, 2015 is a spectacular vintage in Bordeaux. It was a warm and fairly slow growing season only interrupted by some late rain. The wines are wonderfully structured with ripe tannins and beautifully integrated acidity. If you want to compare vintages, I see it as a 2010 but without the high alcohol! 2015 is a vintage that will be wonderful to follow over the next twenty years.
Is it a Right Bank or Left Bank vintage?
It’s a very good question and not that easy to answer. I’d highlight the wines from Pomerol, Margaux and St Julien as the top performers but there are highlights in most appellations.
Beyond the great Châteaux, how does Bordeaux 2015 shape up?
2015 is a vintage that has delivered superb wines in all price brackets, from the hidden gems like Chantecaille Clauzel (St Emilion), mid-bracket classics like Rausan-Segla (Margaux) and perennial Icons like Chateau Canon from Pomerol there is something that will suit every palate (and wallet).
If you have always wanted to dip your toes in Bordeaux but never really had the confidence to do so, 2015 is a great vintage to start and one that will show you the reasons to why Bordeaux holds the vinous crown it’s held so proudly for centuries.