2015 Château Ramafort, Cru Bourgeois, Médoc
The notion that Château Ramafort’s 2015 vintage may, in fact, exceed in quality their wonderful 2010 (completely sold out), is an intriguing one. Sure, vintage preference is ultimately down to personal taste, but we consult the critics for guidance still. So, here’s what the esteemed Bordeaux expert Neal Martin (robertparker.com) has to say: "Simply the best wine from Ramafort I have tasted thus far…"
That’s quite a statement. Then again, 2015 was also quite a vintage and Ramafort is always quite an estate. 2015’s exceptional character was the fruit of a generously warm July which led to refreshing August rains and cool September nights. This yielded beautifully balanced, opulent cab/merlot for Ramafort’s grand vin which is, these seven years on, smooth and rich with red berries and black fruit, a gorgeous texture, tannic structure and fabulous length on the palate.
Clean, classic, expressive Cru Bourgeois.
What the critics say:
"Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Ramafort has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and light cocoa scents, nicely defined with a light iodine scent coming through. The palate is medium bodied with supple and fine tannins, a pinch of spice and a harmonious, satisfying finish that beckons you back for another sip. Simply the best wine I have tasted from Ramafort thus far..." Drink 2018 – 2028.
Neal Martin, robertparker.com
"Well-formed, generous, opulent fruit. Excellent oak spice on the palate with attractive burnt meat notes on the length. Has everything you could want from 2015 Bordeaux – clarity, balance, length, ripeness." Drink 2018-2025.
17 pts., Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com
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