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  • Lettres de ChteauxMarie-Stphane Malbec

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    P r e s s P a c k

    Vintage 2015

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    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN BORDEAUX Portrait of a vintage ............................................................................ 3 - 4

    Chteau Castera, Cru Bourgeois, Mdoc.................................................. 5

    Chteau Talbot, Grand Cru Class en 1855, Saint-Julien ......................... 6 - 9

    Chteau Paveil de Luze, Cru Bourgeois, Margaux.................................... 10 - 12

    Chteau Belle-Vue, Chteau de Gironville, Crus Bourgeois, Haut-Mdoc et Chteau Bolaire, Bordeaux Suprieur.................................................. 13 - 14

    Chteau Cantemerle, Grand Cru Class en 1855, Haut-Mdoc............... 15

    Chteau Snjac, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Mdoc ....................................... 16 - 17

    Chteau Malleret, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Mdoc ...................................... 18

    Chteau Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Class, Graves ................................... 19 - 20

    Chteau de Pressac, Grand Cru Class, Saint-Emilion ............................. 21

    Chteau Fonplgade, Grand Cru Class, Saint-Emilion ........................... 22 - 23

    Chteau Chauvin, Grand Cru Class, Saint-Emilion ................................ 24 - 27

    Chteau Grand Corbin, Grand Cru Class, Saint-Emilion......................... 28

    Chteau Rouget, Pomerol ........................................................................ 29 - 30

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN SAUTERNES AND BARSAC 2015 : dense, taut, classy... A very great vintage marked by exceptionnal botrytis ............................................................................ 31 - 32

    Chteau Guiraud, Grand Cru Class en 1855, Sauternes ......................... 33

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN BERGERACChteau Monestier-La-Tour, Bergerac....................................................... 34 - 35

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLONVignobles Lorgeril, Languedoc-Roussillon ............................................... 36 - 37

    Chteau de Caraguilhes, Corbires .......................................................... 38 - 39

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN BANDOLDomaine de La Bgude, Bandol .............................................................. 40 - 41

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN BOURGOGNE The 2015 Bourgogne vintage : simply sublime ! ................................. 42 - 43

    Maison Louis Jadot, Bourgogne ................................................................ 44 - 45

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN CHAMPAGNEChampagne Philipponnat.......................................................................... 46 - 47

    THE 2015 VINTAGE IN LEBANONChteau Marsyas ...................................................................................... 48

    Contents

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    Portrait of a vintage

    The 2015 vintage, throughout the vineyards of the Gironde, has given wines of very good quality, well structured, with good alcohol degrees and fruity aromas. The entire sector is satisfied and everyone suggests that the vintage will be the best in Bordeaux since the excellent 2010. Lets look at the detail.

    First of all the weather. The fine spring favoured a rapid and mostly regular flowering. As from the start of July, some minor heatwaves introduced a hot summer, which was offset by the cool nights. August was typically summery, though sometimes humid, and preceded a very fine month of September. Sometimes heavy rain hit some terroirs around mid-September, then the fine weather returned up until October. The harvest took place under excellent conditions, even if it was very spread out and among the longest-lasting of the past twenty years.

    And then the wines. With satisfactory yields almost everywhere, the cellars in Bordeaux are filled with volumes in line with the usual average. So it is a vintage of good quantity and it is also a vintage of very good quality. This is true for all the colours. The dry whites are concentrated, aromatic, lively, and the dessert wines show a good balance between smoothness and liveliness. Both are excellent.

    Red wines saw equal success for the Merlot and the Cabernet. For the latter, the Mdoc has produced consistent and complex wines thanks to the excellent ripeness of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petit Verdot.

    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux

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    These two rather late-ripening varieties benefited from the good end to the season, which played a decisive role here. On the right bank, the Merlot and Cabernet France show great potential, with very ripe tannins. The only risk is too much alcohol in certain tanks. But we have to get used to that... Otherwise, the cellars contain a rich vintage, quite classic, not always easy to vinify, but of a quality that we would like to see every year.

    It is notable that vintages ending in 5 have a great tradition in Bordeaux : from 1945, if we leave out 1965, all the others have given magnificent wines, and the most recent, the 2015, is no exception to the rule.

    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux

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    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux - Castera

    Chteau CasteraCru Bourgeois, Haut MdocJean-Pierre Darmuzey - Sales Director

    The mild weather in the spring allowed for flowering under ideal conditions. The summer with its intense heat resulted in almost perfect ripeness. The rain at the start of September filled out the berries and provided the volume that had been lacking in the grapes.

    So everything seemed to have come together to allow us to be relaxed during the harvest.

    However it wasnt as simple as that: even if there was no particular pressure, the tactical choices turned out to be very important, in particular concerning the order of picking the plots, which proved to be decisive.The first tastings indicate a promising vintage : the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are surprising, an advantage in this vintage which is turning out to be a vintage of character.

    November 2015

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    Some impressions of the 2015 vintage

    A vintage for long ageing and precise in its definition of the grand vin, a reflection of its terroir.

    Rainfall in 2015 January : 87 mmFebruary : 90 mm

    March : 42 mmApril : 19 mmMay : 67 mm

    June : 26.5 mm July : 10 mm

    August : 65 mm September : 97.5 mm

    October : 59 mmNovember : 51 mm December : 5 mm

    Or 616 mm over 12 months

    End of August : wind, stormy rain : 34 mm

    Harvest : Caillou BlancTuesday 8 SeptemberWednesday 9 SeptemberThursday 10 September

    September rain :Saturday 12 : 38 mm in the night, stormSunday 13 : 20 mm in the nightMonday 14 : 8 mm

    Chteau talbot Grand Cru Class en 1855, Saint JulienChristian Hostein - Technical Director

    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux - Talbot

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    Tuesday 15 : 7 mm Wednesday 16 : 5 mmFriday 18 : 6 mmSaturday 19 : 8 mm 78 mm / 7 days of rain

    Red harvest:Monday 21 September : Small team : young MerlotTuesday 22 September : Small team Wednesday 23 September : Small team : Lalande MerlotThursday 24 September : Large team : fine Merlot from the plateauFriday 25 September : Large teamMonday 28 September : Large teamTuesday 29 September : Large team end of the Merlot

    Wednesday 30 SeptemberThursday 1 October : Cabernet Sauvignon from the Talbot and Lalande beltFriday 2 OctoberSaturday 3 October

    Monday 5 OctoberTuesday 6 October : We picked the Talbot plateau, the heart of the first wine Wednesday 7 October : We finished at mid-dayThursday 8 October

    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux - Talbot

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    The 2015 Vintage in Bordeaux - Talbot

    Silhouettes cut across the deep purple sunset, the sky is starry, the night is quiet and rather mild as the end of the year approaches.Ages of work has come to an end and our architects are here to perfect the lighting, the stage design and all our working installations, as well as the entirely renewed surrounding areas, so that we can open for visits and to the world.In the great cathedral cellar, the part of this enchanted 2015 vintage indisputably destined for the grand vin is already in noble French oak barrels.We have crafted this vintage, which was born of nature, by combining sufficient water reserves (we recall the cumulative rainfall of the past 2 years, each g i v i n g m o r e t h a n 1 0 0 0 m m ) with a summer that was prematurely dry and resulted in a marked halt to growth. July was finally triumphant, with its power and its direct sunlight, and gave us resistant grapes, with sufficiently compact bunches after the almost simultaneous flowering around 2 June. The skins, already thick, coped with the moderate rainfall in August and above all in September. The rainy spell in mid-September did not result in dilution or splitting, but just contributed to swelling the bunches with good juice. The grapes thus accumulated richness in sugar and phenolic compounds, comparable to 2010.Maybe the variable was in the acidity, which fluctuated from one plot to another and resulted in different tannin profiles. The more filtering soils of Lalande have given more slender wines, quite lively and vigorous ; on the plateau, we picked remarkable old Merlot with powerful tannin and rich in taste ; the Cabernet Sauvignon is sappy and has a gamey flavour that this grape variety develops when it ripens on our gravel soils. The Petit Verdot, of a venerable age, gave a record crop.