While most of the wines we drink are from Washington State (that's my job), we like to drink French wines from time to time, especially Burgundy and Rhone ones. Our first loves in wine were ones from Burgundy and we have visited the region numerous times over the years. It is because of this that I have been stocking up on 2015's which have turned out to be even greater than the 2005's.

In 2015, a heat wave in July and August resulted in high quality, but less wine. Because of the drought grape clusters were smaller than normal, resulting in wines of great concentration, with abundant tannins and polyphenols. In the Côte d'Or, the reds are more consistent than the whites. According to Decanter magazine, "the reds and whites of the Côte Chalonnaise are a great success." Beaujolais was also a great success. The Château de Jacques (a Jadot property) Morgon Côte de Py and Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegres are the most concentrated Beaujolis wines I have ever run across. 

From the Côte d'Or, I have laid in a goodly number of Premier and Grand Crus, mostly from Maison Louis Jadot, a highly reliable negociant and property owner. From the Chalonnaise, I purchased Domaine Faiveley's Mercurey, Clos de Myglands From Beaujolais, I have the above mentioned Château de Jacques plus some Domaine bottlings from Duboeuf.

Further south, the Rhone Valley was a great success in 2015 as well. a classic vintage, especially in the southern part. I have picked up wines from Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. 

What about Bordeaux? We do enjoy a Claret once in a while, but it is the elegance and finesse of the wines of Burgundy that we cherish highly. The 2015 vintage was a great success in Bordeaux, and the wines will be sought after. The vintage is currently being offered as futures to be delivered later in the year. 

So, if you like French wines and want to augment your cellar, you could do no worse than to stock up on 2015s.