For the ultimate in collector sets, this week we are offering a small allocation of the limited edition Duclot Prestige Collection 2015. Produced in limited quantities and protected by an authentication system it brings together the top Bordeaux Châteaux each vintage and is housed in a beautifully designed and uniquely crafted display case. With Petrus, Margaux and d'Yquem already sold out, this is a limited opportunity to obtain the best of Bordeaux.
8 exceptional wines from an outstanding vintage, this special collector's case contains 1 each:
Château Cheval Blanc 100 JS / 97-100 AG / 95-97 WA
Château Haut-Brion 98-100 WA / 97-98 JS / 95-97 AG
Château Lafite Rothschild 97-98 JS / 94-97 AG / 94-96 WA
Château Margaux 100 JS / 98-100 WA / 95-98 AG
Château La Mission Haut-Brion 100 JS / 97-99 WA / 94-97 AG
Château Mouton Rothschild 97-99 WA / 96-97 JS / 95-97 AG
Petrus 100 JS / 98-100 WA / 95-97 AG
Château d’Yquem 99-100 JS / 98-100 WA / 96-98 AG
"As many readers may know, 2015 was the first year since 1988 that Cheval Blanc did not produce its second wine, Petit Cheval. This said, parts of two of the Cheval Blanc blocks were not used at all—Plot 17A and the north part of Plot 10—which had problems with water availability during the dry spell, and the fruit was sold for bulk. Therefore, this vintage of the Grand Vin equates to roughly 90% of the total production, making it one of the most complete expressions of Cheval Blanc ever produced. Composed of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cheval Blanc slowly opens up to reveal plum preserves, black forest cake, blackberry pie and pronounced liquorice notes with suggestions of cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, dried Provence herbs and lavender plus wafts of iron ore and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and densely packed with incredible layers of black, red and blue fruits, it completely fills the palate with energy and expression, framed by very ripe, wonderfully velvety tannins and a racy line of acid, finishing with incredible length and poise. At once achingly graceful and captivatingly cerebral, this is a legendary vintage for this great estate. 2024-2058"
100 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Wine Advocate)
"The nose pops with spice, flowers, smoke, plums and cherries. Open your mind to beauty, desire and a bite-your-bottom-lip eroticism. This is what elegant hedonism is all about. This wine is sensuous beyond belief, fresh and vibrant. The fruits feel like French velour on your palate. The wine is incredibly rich, yet light on its feet, which is almost impossible to achieve. Trust me, I drank every last drop of this barrel sample. When the coast was clear, I poured a little more into my glass and drank that too! From a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.35% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. According to Pierre Lurton, there was no Petit Cheval produced in 2015, because the quality of the harvest was so good, making a second wine, did not improve the Grand Vin, regardless of the blend. The harvest took place from September 3 to October 10."
98-100 points, Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
"The 2015 Cheval Blanc represents the entire vineyard this year since there is no Le Petit Cheval (two plots that did not meet requirements were not included in any blend). A blend of 45% Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot, matured in 100% new oak, it has a very complex bouquet, subtle and tightly wound, very precise with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite, minerals and a hint of black pepper, perhaps a little spicier than recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with extraordinarily fine tannin. Beautifully balanced, perfectly controlled, this Cheval Blanc gently builds in the mouth but remains strict and precise. The Cabernet Franc here is very expressive (though apparently, the Merlot was showier prior to malolactic). This is an intellectual Cheval Blanc, thoroughly enjoyable, but it will need 10-12 years to really show its pedigree. A profound wine in the making, it will rank with the great wines of the past."
97-99 points, Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
"This is all about seduction and beauty with tobacco, berries, tea and wet earth. Full-bodied, round and sexy. Love the polished and beautiful tannins. Racy and refined. Try in 2023."
98 points, James Suckling, December 2018