SI PRIME: The Best of Bordeaux – A ranking of wines and vintages

Wine professionals blind- tasted the 2015 & 2009 vintages of Bordeaux at the annual Southwold-on Thames tasting

Following the Southwold-on-Thames Tasting at Farr Vintners in London, Steven Spurrier lists the best Bordeaux wines from the 2015 and 2009 vintages

In 1980, Simon Loftus, OBE, chairman of Suffolk brewers Adnams, based in Suffolk, invited some colleagues to Southwold to assess the 1976 vintage from Bordeaux, a practice that continues to this day. Last January, 19 of us re-convened at Farr Vintners’ beautiful tasting room overlooking the Thames in London for what is now called “Southwold-on-Thames” to taste the major wines of Bordeaux. The wines are tasted blind in flights of 12 within their appellations and ranked on the average of the total marks on the 20 point scale. Two bottles of each wine are collected from the châteaux and for some years now the second bottles are assessed at a “10 Years On” tasting by the same group. This year the vintages were 2015 and 2009.

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