2015 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Rebel's Clients

A tasting of Stéphane Derenoncourt's consulting portfolio turns up some little-known gems and new wines to watch
2015 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Rebel's Clients
Stéphane Derenoncourt's winemaking approach was inspired by gentler Burgundian techniques that weren't typically used in Bordeaux when he started. (Christophe Goussard)
Apr 22, 2016

Along with sampling Stéphane Derenoncourt’s own Domaine de l'A, I tasted a number of 2015 wines from his extensive range of Bordeaux clients—from long-standing to relatively new—with him during my visit. The group shows the breadth of Derenoncourt's influence, as well as his commitment to quality and diversity.

Following are notes on a selection of wines not included in my official blind tastings of the 2015 Bordeaux in barrels, due to time and space constraints, as well as availability. Many of these are produced in smaller-than-usual quantities for Bordeaux and may be hard to track down, though dedicated fans of the region may appreciate the challenge and new discoveries.

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