Château La Connivence 2015

Since their first vintage in 2008, the wines at La Connivence have grown in depth and intensity; from the very outset they showed remarkable fruit for such young vines, and with each year another layer of complexity has been added. 2015 was a dream vintage for Pomerol, with the fruit brought on early in the hot June and July before enjoying the luxury of a long, slow ripening season in the cooler August and September whilst the drying föhn wind kept any rot at bay; the result being intense, plummy, ripe yet racy wines across the Right Bank, and in particular in Pomerol.

Furthermore, 2015 was an especially good year for Cabernet Franc and this is the first vintage in which the young Cabernet Franc vines, planted in 2008, have made the cut for the grand vin at La Connivence, despite their extreme youth. With 10,000 plants per hectare (the norm is around 6,000, with anything over that drawing comments about high density), the vines have been forced to push their roots down into the sand and clay to find the real nutritional goodies in the clay subsoil, which they have done very successfully. In the normal way of things, the wine from such young vines would be used for the second wine, Belle Connivence which, this year, is made 100% from deliciously intense Merlot.

When La Connivence was first released, Aléxandre de Malet Roquefort said that he intended to avoid the roller coaster pricing typical of Bordeaux and, true to his word, his prices have remained the same from that first vintage, although he did reduce them slightly when the world economies looked likely to implode. In 2015, even with such a superb crop, the prices are still the same, with only the vagaries of exchange rates coming in to play. If only other châteaux would be so faithful!

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW
May 2016

    £ per case in bond
 
La Belle Connivence 2015
100% Merlot

Dense purple black to the rim, semi-opaque, with a nose of fresh, creamed black fruit, mulberry and spice, leading to an intense palate of spiced black fruit, cool on entry, fresh and intense with substantial tannins behind, ripe and supple, going to a long, inky finish. Deliciously approachable already. Drink 2023 – 2030
 
per 6 bottles

per 3 magnums
£195


£205
Château la Connivence 2015
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Vibrant red black right to the rim, with a nose of sweet, fresh, tarry, concentrated inky black fruits, multi-layered, focused and ripe leading to a palate of big black fruit, less perfumed and less overt than usual at this stage with substantial ripe tannins, really intense, going to a long, evolving, creamy finish. Deliciously mineral and fresh on the finish. Lovely wine. Drink 2028 – 2040
 
per 6 bottles

per 3 magnums
£650


£660


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3 litre Double Magnums, 5 litre Jeroboams and 6 litre Imperials are also available. Please let us know if you would like pricing for these.

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Prices are £ per case, in bond London, Duty, VAT and delivery will be payable at the prevailing rates when the wine is released from bond.

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These wines will be shipped in the Spring of 2018. Private Cellar's terms & conditions of sale for en primeur purchases apply. E&OE.

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