The Rothschild’s plan has come to fruition. Year after year, the chateau has grown in status and acclaim, churning out some truly historic wines in 2009, 2010, and now 2015. Of course, 2015 was a banner year in St. Emilion, easily the best vintage since the monumental 2005.
As the vintage received critical praise and 100 point scores rained down on the top properties, prices skyrocketed. Like their top bottling, the 100-pt 2015 Lafite-Rothschild which has been trading at an easy $900 a bottle. It may have seemed that value would be impossible to find in a vintage that Wine Enthusiast rated the region an astounding 97 points.
But a couple of weeks ago something very interesting came across my desk. The 2015 Edmond de Rothschild “Chateau des Laurets”. It dazzled, displaying all the silky, elegant tannins and harmonious nature characteristic of the vintage.
Even more amazing is the price. $35 a bottle, just $31.50/btl on cases. This is a case buy. Lay some down in a dark cellar for the long haul but don’t be afraid to enjoy some right now.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate , 91-93 pts
The 2015 des Laurets has a concentrated fruit-driven bouquet with blackberry and raspberry scents bounding from the glass, the new oak neatly embroidered. The palate is fleshy and ripe, layers of crisp red cherry and strawberry fruit, nicely integrated oak and impressive substance towards the finish. This is a very well-crafted, thoroughly delicious Puisseguin Saint Emilion in the making.
2015 was a banner year in St. Emilion, easily the best vintage since the monumental 2005.