BIG. BOLD. BEAUTIFUL.
Every now and then we taste a Bordeaux that reinforces the perception that Europe produces some of the finest wine in the world.
Indeed, the 2015 Chateau des Laurets is such a wine. And, at $29, it is hard to believe you get so much value from a region that continues to see prices skyrocketing. In a blind-tasting, this wine would handily beat wines in excess of $75.
The quality comes from its pedigree. Chateau des Laurets is owned by the Rothschild Family of Chateau Lafite. In 2008, they hand-selected this estate for its unique clay and limestone soil.
To produce world-class Bordeaux. Indeed, they have!
Yields were immediately reduced to improve the quality of the harvest. Over a decade later, Chateau des Laurets is now one of the premiere estates of region.
Located immediately north of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, the limestone terroir allows Merlot and Cabernet Franc to thrive.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSION - AWESOME!
The warm, epic vintage is palpable in this beautiful Bordeaux: Ripe black plum. A healthy dose of baking spice. Cassis. Youthful tannins seem to last on the palate for minutes. Dry and earthy, mild accents of vanilla emerge on entry. Extremely balanced for such a big, powerful vintage.
So how do we recommend you enjoy this big-time Bordeaux?
In three to five years this wine is going to be a knockout! It will handily go toe to toe with Bordeaux 3x its price.
In the interim, we won't blame you for enjoying it. Decant and let it breathe for at least 30 minutes. Pair with a creamy cheese or your favorite cut of meat (a la porter house).