James Suckling’s en primeur scores on 2015 – an early indicator of a great vintage

It has started – the trade are now in Bordeaux; 2015 is being savoured, sucked, swilled and spat – yes it is pretty basic, and the sheer volume to get through is not for the weak-spirited or easily confused palate! We are working our way through the key chateaux tastings ourselves this week and will be getting inundated with vinous opinion, alongside our own, and will bring those of note to you as they are aired.

The second Bordeaux en primeur campaign without Parker still has the feeling of the party going on without the VIP guest, but you know what, the world moves on, Bordeaux will outlive us all and we watch and wait to see who may yet assume his soothsayer status, if anyone does and in the meantime it’s all about the wine.

James Suckling was one of the first key critics to ‘set out his stall’, please see his scores noted below. As a first indicator, they point to the validation of the rumours we have been hearing since the harvest in October. Suckling is renowned for his generosity and tends to be the first out of the critical blocks, so we will await other views and continue enjoying forming our own opinions!

More from Bordeaux soon!

Wine Score Appellation Reviewer
Canon St Emilion 100-100 St Emilion JS
La Mission Haut Brion 100-100 Pessac JS
Lafleur 100-100 Pomerol JS
Margaux 100-100 Margaux JS
Petrus 100-100 Pomerol JS
Trotanoy 100-100 Pomerol JS
Angelus 99-100 St Emilion JS
Clinet 99-100 Pomerol JS
Yquem 99-100 Sauternes JS
L’Evangile 99-100 Pomerol JS
Palmer 99-100 Margaux JS
La Mondotte 99-100 St Emilion JS
VCC 98-99 Pomerol JS
Belair Monange 98-99 St Emilion JS
Haut Bailly 98-99 Pessac JS
Hosanna 98-99 Pomerol JS
Eglise Clinet 98-99 Pomerol JS
La Violette 98-99 Pomerol JS
Valandraud 98-99 St Emilion JS
Certan De May 97-98 Pomerol JS
Cos d’Estournel 97-98 St Estephe JS
Haut Brion 97-98 Pessac JS
Lafite Rothschild 97-98 Paulliac JS
Mouton Rothschild 96-97 Paulliac JS
Latour 96-97 Pauliac JS
Cheval Blanc 96-97 St Emilion JS
Pontet Canet 97-98 Pauilliac JS
Lynch Bages 95-96 Pauilliac JS
Montrose 93-94 St Estephe JS
Ducru Beaucaillou 95-96 St Julien JS
Troplong Mondot 96-97 St Emilion JS