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Great Deals in 2015 Red Bordeaux and Two Very Fine Provencal Roses

Tasters had a clear favorite among the sextet of very well priced wines from the wonderful 2015 Bordeaux vintage.
March 7, 2018

2015 Ch. Clement Saint-Jean is a simple Medoc, although ranked a cru Bourgeois. Near unanimous opinion held that this Cabernet-based wine punched far above its class. It had extraordinary depth and structure. You can drink it now with decanting or age it for 5 to 7 years. At our prearrival price of 14.99, this is a several case buy for people who like serious Bordeaux, but not its price.

        It was the most outstanding example of a strong group of wines. The 2015 St. Emilion, Ch. La Caze Bellevue, was the second most ordered. It showed softer and a bit more broad than the St. Clement. And, again at our pre-arrival price of $15.99, it is a steal for true St. Emilion.

        The 2015 Ch. de Ribebon is a more fruit forward wine showing a nice complexity of berry and plum flavors. It likewise drinks now but does have some tannic structure to age for a year or two. Some also liked the Puyanché but it showed lighter and more forward in comparison with the others.      

The Fonbadet was rich and complex as advertised and does belong in a serious cellar.

        People liked both Ch. Ste. Roseline roses, Most felt that the depth and complexity of the Cotes de Provence Cru Classé  in its frosted bottle was well worth the small premium over the Lampe de Meduse .

        Unfortunately we had to conduct the tasting without Margaux Arbo who spent her Wednesday sitting on a plane in New York that never took off for its trip to Boston. We hope to see her here in the future.


Deadline for orders at the pre-arrival prices is this SaturdayWe strongly recommend them.


Provence Rose

2017 Ch. Ste. Roseline Cotes de Provence Cru Classé Lampe de Meduse; Aroma: fruity, nice depth, round, lightly herbal fleshy, juicy, heady dense; Mouth: juicy rather dense, grapefruit, very heady lifted, smooth clean, very rich, thick; Very Good Plus 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Special Case Prearrival: 215.88 (17.99)

2017 Ch. Ste. Roseline Cotes de Provence Cru Classé; Aroma: very heady very dense, concentrated, rather firm, very heady spice; Mouth: dense sweet fruit, tactile, dense heavy very full, spicy, lifted dimensional, saline, thick, firm; Very Good - Excellent 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Special Case Pre-arrival: 287.88 (23.99)


Red Bordeaux

2015 Ch. Puyanché (Bordeaux); Color: very dark; Aroma: heady nicely ripe, very pretty fruit with fine acidity, Mouth: smooth clean, nicely herbal, good character from the Cabernet Franc; Very Good 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Special Case Prearrival:143.88 (11.99)

2015 Ch. de Ribebon (Bordeaux Superieur); Aroma: very fragrant very rich, heady, rather deep; Mouth: clean smooth, rather bright pretty, sweet fruit forward rather forward very nice balance between fruit and fine acid, long fine tannins, very nice structure and balance; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Special Case Prearrival:155.88 (12.99)

2015 Ch. La Caze Bellevue (St. Emilion); Aroma: elegant very pretty fresh and direct; Mouth: smooth very pretty nice delineation, sweet acid, clean, elegant, lighter bodied; Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Special Case Prearrival: $191.88 (15.99)

2015 Ch. Clement Saint-Jean Cru Bourgeois (Medoc); Color: very dark; Aroma: rich plum currant fruit with an oak edge, herbal; Mouth: clean nice herbal cabernet, good fruit center, layered over a light tannic structure on the finish, long; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Special Case Pre-arrival:  $179.88 (14.99)

2015 Ch. Fonbadet Cru Bourgeois (Pauillac); Aroma: heady rather dense, steely, wood lead pencil, very nice depth; Mouth: clean forward very fruity, smooth textured, very clean, pretty forward, rather bright, firm tannin, forward; Very Good - Excellent 50; Mixed Case, 45; Special Case Prearrival: $479.88 (39.99)


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