Nose

The nose is charmingly aromatic expressing itself by notes of ripe black berries with hints of spices.

Palate

The mouth is round and smooth but retains fine texture and freshness. The finishing is long fresh and clean.

Growing Conditions

When asked to describe the 2015 vintage we see a combination of the fruit of 2005, the body of the 2009 and the profound tannins in 2010. Winter, which was appreciably colder than those of the previous years, caused late, but perfectly regular blossoming. Dry and sunny weather in the spring made for optimal conditions, so flowering took place very quickly and homogenously. Sizzling hot, sunny, dry weeks in June, July helped shape the 2015 Bordeaux vintage. August will go down in history as one of the wettest Augusts recorded, our soils drained well before the drought returned in September. The harvest of the Merlots started on September 21st and we picked the last grapes on October 9th. There were no surprises during fermentation, and these small thick-skinned berries flushed out wonderful levels of concentration and ripe tannins. The result is a very opulent vintage with great depth and plenty of complexity. It was bottled in May 2018 and some customers, particularly in the United States are so pleased with how it’s currently tasting that we will release it to their customers in 2019.

Appearance

Château Grivière 2015 has a ruby color with intensity.

Food Pairing

**Starter** Pressé of guinea fowl with apricot & almonds Ham hock, lardo, piccalilli & mace **Main Course** Thinly sliced beef rump, spiced aubergine, red onion, pink firs, garlic and rosemary Roast guinea fowl, glazed onions, girolles, broad beans and black truffle Lamb fillet, anchovy cream, dandelion and burdock salsa Pavé of venison cooked with mugwort