See the Bordeaux 2015 wines that Steven Spurrier and James Lawther MW are watching out for as en primeur prices are released.

Not everybody can afford a first growth – of course – and the good quality of Bordeaux 2015 means that there is potential for value further down the regional hierarchy for anyone looking to take advantage of the en primeur market.

Not all prices have yet been released for the 2015 wines, which mean the choices below are based on a mixture of historical prices and 2015 scores.

Decanter will bring you more best value Bordeaux 2015 wines at different price levels as the en primeur campaign progresses.

‘It is one of those years, like 1998 or 2001, where the Merlot is spot on and where the Cabernet Franc, if brought to optimum ripeness, is also superb,’ said James Lawther MW, Decanter’s Right Bank expert for 2015.

‘There will be a wine for every pocket,’ said Steven Spurrier, who judged the 2015 Médoc wines for Decanter. Bordeaux’s Left Bank had more of a mixed experience due to longer-lasting rain in the north of Médoc, but Spurrier said many still went to achieve good ripeness.

When to drink Bordeaux 2015 wines

‘The dominant impression from the top to the bottom of the Gironde estuary is of drinkability,’ said Spurrier in his full review of the vintage published in the June issue of Decanter magazine.

‘The lighter wines may be opened for Christmas 2018, leave it another year for most of the Médocs and Haut-Médocs from the south, and by autumn 2020 corks can be pulled on all but the firmer styles and the classified growths.’

Where to find Bordeaux 2015 value:

Five Right Bank wines to watch out for, followed by five Left Bank wines…

Château La Gaffelière 2015

Cool elegance from St-Emilion. Refined, fragrant nose with lovely purity of fruit. The palate is fresh and finely etched. Shows…

Points 94

Château Roc de Cambes 2015

Same stable as Tertre-Rôteboeuf in St-Emilion. Forget that it’s from Côtes de Bourg – this is a grand vin! Opulent…

Points 93

Château Fontenil 2015

Michel Rolland’s property and one of his best yet. Spice and dark fruit notes and a sumptuous texture. Tannins are…

Points 92

Château Bourgneuf 2015

New generation at the helm and showing constant progression. Rich and complex on the nose. The palate is round and…

Points 91

Château Montlandrie 2015

Owned by Denis Durantou’s (L’Eglise-Clinet). Vineyard restructured since 2009. Beautiful Merlot expression: berry fruit with a hint of chocolate. Lovely…

Points 91

Château d’Armailhac 2015

Lovely florality, lifted fruit and silky tannins. This wine has got both broader and finer over the years and is…

Points 92

Château Langoa-Barton 2015

Fine fragrance and fruit: shows the purity and depth of a classic vineyard with nothing exaggerated. Discreet but full of…

Points 92
Chateau Monbrison 2015

Château Monbrison 2015

Fine, floral nose and beautifully clear on the palate, though still quite tight with lots of character. Stays true to…

Points 91

Château Tronquoy-Lalande 2015

All the richness with none of the toughness this wine showed in the past – even some florality and freshness…

Points 90