Jane Anson rates Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines from the 2014 and 2015 vintages in this advertorial feature.
Over half of all the wines made in Bordeaux are bottled under the labels of AOC Bordeaux, AOC Bordeaux Supérieur, AOC Bordeaux Blanc and AOC Bordeaux Rosé and AOC Bordeaux Clairet.
From these names comes a wonderful array of styles that are among the best value for money wines of France.
Recent years have seen a focus on the search for consistency and excellence, whether from large producers crafting modern-styles branded wines or from family-run estates.
To find the best bottles available on the market right now, we tasted around 250 wines from the recent 2015 and 2014 vintages.
For the whites, we selected entirely from the 2015 vintage – an excellent year with rich ripe
fruit flavours and plenty of freshness. We also looked at around 40 clairet wines from 2015, that distinctive style of dark rosé that is only found in Bordeaux.
For the reds, the two vintages on display here are 2014 and 2015.
Both offered excellent winemaking conditions and have a number of good quality bottles, although 2015 has greater consistency and depth of fruit.
These are great vintages to get to know the wines of Bordeaux across the full colour spectrum, with many impressive, good-value drinking wines; fruit-forward and seductive, perfect for early to medium term drinking.