2015 Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red
Red Blend •Champoux Vineyard
Washington: Horse Heaven Hills
Rinse & repeat
“I struggle to remember an Andrew Will Champoux that was quite this delicious straight out of the gates.” - WA
You could, in theory pass on this big, lush, high scoring, age-worthy Cabernet. It would be a mistake, no doubt. But well… that’d be on you.
And not just because we just crushed the retail price into submission and rolled it out at a world’s best $55.
Or because it’s terribly easy to get lost in the “precocious bouquet of ripe cherries, minty blackberries, violets and anise” as the 97-point Wine Advocate review notes.
Or because you might be fooled into thinking this a First Growth Bordeaux in a blind tasting.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rightfully raves; “Readers looking for classic, age-worthy Bordeaux blends need look no further than this terrific estate. The wines show singular characters and have broad drink windows. I continue to think these are some of the most impressive, balanced, and age-worthy wines coming out of Washington State.”
Dunnuck adds… “can’t go wrong here and these wines continue to fly too far under the radar. Give these a try!” Well, Jeb, we have this target LOCKED AND LOADED today.
And this intimate video interview by Wine Spectator sums it all up, before you watch it though, and we urge you to, make sure you secure your bottles before they vanish.
What’s in the glass? A lovely garnet surrounds the edge while a deeper crimson turning deep ruby makes up the core. The nose happens to be floral, earthy, savory, and fruity all at the same time, which is quite an accomplishment in itself. Pure, sappy blackcurrant fruit, pencil shavings, anise and violets wash across the palate in an endless and coordinated march. Seamless and plush, with soft tannins and a slobberingly long, deep, mouthcoating finish that hangs around longer than a trip to the DMV. There is no cut of meat, prepared simply, or elaborately that would not benefit from this.
Sourced exclusively from Champoux, arguably one of Washington’s top sites for Cabernet, a vineyard that consistently earns 96–100-point scores from the Wine Advocate. A place shared by a select few other WA legends such as Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon. It’s brimming with lush fruit and all the complexity of a postmodern Bolshevik philosopher with none of the confusion. And if you thought diamonds were forever, just wait until you lay this down for a few years or decades. It has a long runway ahead.
Smart, savvy collectors will be all over this one, so…. Hurry! It will not last.
97 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Champoux Vineyard is stunning, busting from the glass with a precocious bouquet of ripe cherries, minty blackberries, violets and anise. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, layered and almost voluptuous, with velvety, melting tannins that frame a succulent core of beautifully delineated fruit. The finish is long and fragrant. Infinitely seductive and exquisitely balanced, I struggle to remember an Andrew Will Champoux that was quite this delicious straight out of the gates, yet the wine clearly has the potential to evolve for two decades. Drink 2018-2038.”
96 points – Jeb Dunnuck
“I was able to taste both the 2014s and 2015s from Vashon Island-based Andrew Will, which is run by Chris Camarda. As always, Chris releases two appellation blends (Esploso and Sorella) and a bevy of single vineyard blends from some of the top sites in Washington State (Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Mays’ Discovery, and Two Blondes. Readers looking for classic, age-worthy Bordeaux blends from the United States can’t go wrong here and these wines continue to fly too far under the radar. Give these a try! The 2015 Champoux is a beauty. Concentrated, rich, full-bodied and layered, it offers a rocking nose of blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil, iodine, and salty minerality. Ripe, rounded, and opulent, yet with good freshness and purity, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades. Drink 2020-2040.”
A lovely garnet surrounds the edge of the glass while a deeper crimson turning deep ruby makes up the core
The nose happens to be floral, earthy, savory, and fruity all at the same time, which is quite an accomplishment in itself
Pure, sappy blackcurrant fruit, pencil shavings, anise, and violets wash across the palate in an endless and coordinated march
Seamless and plush, with soft tannins and a slobberingly long, deep, mouthcoating finish that hangs around longer than a trip to the DMV
There is no cut of meat, prepared simply, or elaborately that would not benefit from this
What the Winery Says
- Will Camarda
- 51% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Verdot
- Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
- Champoux Vineyard
- Fine loamy sand, slightly alkaline
- Average vine age
- 38 years
- 600-700 feet
- Bottling date
- May 6, 2016
- 20 months
- 30% new French oak