Red Bordeaux

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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2014 Le Carre 20 Case 6 75cl £210
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Le Carre has developed throughout its barrel maturation and now in bottle. It has a generous and perfumed bouquet with incense and iris scents permeating the black cherry and blueberry fruit. There is opulence here, for sure, but it is nicely controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry. This Le Carré has an über-smooth texture, not a hair out of place, becoming ever spicier as it swaggers towards its finish. There is a luscious quality to this Saint Emilion—a discrete wine within Jonathan Maltus' stable, but certainly one worth investigating.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 L'Eveche, Pomerol 1 Case 6 150cl £250£220
Red Bordeaux 2014 Lafon Rochet 5 Case 12 75cl £295
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2034

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Lafon Rochet has a very attractive, slightly floral bouquet with raspberry and crushed strawberry fruit, a touch of rose petals lending this a feminine allure. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins. This feels quite dense in the mouth, a welcome pinch of white pepper and cedar lending complexity to the finish with tart cherries on the aftertaste. This is probably more forward than other Saint Estephe wines, but it should give 15-20 years of pleasure.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2014 Vieux Chateau Mazerat 20 Case 6 75cl £295
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Vieux Chateau Mazerat has evolved a really quite intriguing bouquet, quite potent and very perfumed, iris and crushed violets, red berry fruit and a touch of wild mint. There is a soupçon of something Burgundian here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite sophisticated spicy red fruit with a silky finish that conveys great tension. This has turned into really quite an outstanding wine from Jonathan Maltus.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2014 Pontet Canet 1 Case 6 75cl £310
  • Neal Martin

    94

    The 2014 Pontet-Canet, now in bottle, was tasted twice during my trip to Bordeaux. It has an attractive bouquet: graphite tinged black fruit, incense and violets, perhaps a little more hedonistic than I envisaged when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin thanks to the keen line of acidity. I like the precision of this Pontet-Canet. It feels linear and correct, pencil lead notes developing towards the second half, more quintessentially Pauillac than previous vintages, with what you might describe as a classic Pauillac finish that retains the focus that I remarked upon from barrel. Tasted February 2017.

    – eRobertParker.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2014 Les Asteries 20 Case 6 75cl £340
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Les Asteries has retained those complex aromatics that I remarked upon during primeur. Now in bottle, it offers red and black fruit: kirsch, cranberry jus, incense and potpourri aromas that are nicely defined, perhaps a little more opulent compared directly against the 2014 Le Carré. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red cherry and strawberry interlaced with orange rind and a light tang of Seville orange marmalade, finishing with a marine-influenced, quite lightly finish.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 Le Dome 15 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Drink Date

    2019 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2015

    Source

    218, The Wine Advocate

    The Le Dôme 2014 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on 17 October, the highest vintage of the former since 2008. It has a well-defined bouquet with hints of bell pepper infusing the black fruit, light flinty scents in the background, plus a touch of black truffle lending it a slight Pomerol-like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with good acidity and a silky texture. This is one of the more elegant vintages of Le Dôme that I have tasted at this juncture with a extended length that lingers in the mouth long after the wine has exited. The season favored Cabernet Franc on the Right Bank and this has the highest percentage, so there is a foundation for a great Saint Emilion. Maybe I would have opted for a shorter cuvaison to gain more precision on the finish, nevertheless, this should give 15 to 20 years of drinking pleasure, possibly longer.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2014 Grand Puy Lacoste 1 Case 12 75cl £425
  • The 2014 Grand-Puy Lacoste has a bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, mint and graphite, well defined and focused. It does not have to try too hard to give so much pleasure. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very crisp acidity, beautifully proportioned with a veneer of top quality new oak that will need three or four years to be fully subsumed. But the purity and elegance of this Pauillac cannot be denied – a quite brilliant contribution to the 2014 vintage. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

    Score: 95

    Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2050

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend 2 Case 3 75cl £550
Red Bordeaux 2014 Rauzan Segla 5 Case 12 75cl £550
  • Fantastic aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and strawberries follow through to a full body, super-integrated tannins and an extremely long finish. The bright acidity gives the wine a linear edge that focuses in all the fruit. Minerally. Drink in 2021.

    Score: 95 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

    The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is just as impeccable from bottle as it was from barrel. Silky, perfumed and nuanced in the glass, the wine exudes finesse. Expressive floral notes, spice and succulent red/purplish stone fruits are all beautifully delineated. In 2014, Rauzan-Ségla is a wine of understated class with the potential to improve for several decades. Tasted two times.

    Score: 94+ Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

    The 2014 Rauzan-Segla has a very pure, mineral-driven bouquet that could almost be from the Côte de Nuits! This is as refined as you will discover in Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, caressing and smooth in texture with well-judged acidity and fanning out with crushed strawberry, Morello and a touch of orange rind on the finish. It is not patch on the 2015 for sure, but it is a worthy forerunner. Drink date 2020 - 2045

    Score: 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 L'Eglise-Clinet 2 Case 6 75cl £550
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    Rating 95 Drink Date 2020 - 2045 Reviewed by Neal Martin

     

    The 2014 L'Eglise Clinet was tasted from a single bottle but from two glasses, each poured at different times before I arrived for the tasting. They were almost identical on the nose but the one poured later was more compact. It has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, myrtle, a touch of iris and a touch of garrigue (actually reminiscent of fynbos, the wild South African shrubland). The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a silver bead of acidity, wonderful precision and beguiling purity. This is an outstanding Pomerol for the vintage from Denis Durantou, sophisticated and classy, yet the bottom line is quintessentially Pomerol. Bravo Denis.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 Le Petit Cheval 9 Case 6 75cl £575
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Le Petit Cheval, a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, has a crisp, tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, black olive (as per its primeur sample) and a subtle estuarine undercurrent that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit intermingling with white pepper, clove and a pinch of Chinese five spice. It has moderate depth, a sense of approachability in that the tannins do not really grip the mouth, and the latter half appears appealingly smooth and harmonious. There are no rough edges here, just a touch of frisson on the saline finish. Very fine, a Saint Emilion Deuxième Vin to drink over the next decade.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 La Mission Haut Brion 1 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Neal Martin

    95-97

    The Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 54% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between 15 September and 8 October raised in 55% new oak. It has a very fresh and precise bouquet, not one that marches out the barrack in confidence fashion, but rather unfolds piece-by-piece in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured and neatly placed opening: a little masculine for La Mission Haut-Brion at this stage, linear and focused, maintaining precision rather than aiming from power and roundness. This is a sophisticated La Mission Haut-Brion in the making, one that may actually surpass Haut-Brion as it is sometimes prone to do. The 2014 is a sterling success for Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.

    – eRobertParker.com, Apr 2015

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2014 Montrose 1 Case 12 75cl £950
  • Neal Martin

    96

    Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended—one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. Tasted September 2016.

    – eRobertParker.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2014 Lafleur 1 Case 3 75cl £1,290
  • he 2014 Lafleur has a lucid hue. The bouquet bides its time, gradually unfolding with scents of raspberry coulis, blackberry, black truffle and just a faint hint of dark chocolate, all beautifully defined and yet you know it is keeping something in reserve. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. There is that backbone, which of course you expect with this Pomerol, but also a sense of refinement and poise, a seam of spiciness that develops with time in the glass that prolongs the finish. No, it is not the greatest Lafleur that I have tasted. It's just a really great Pomerol that will give many years of pleasure.

    Score: 95

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2024-205031 March 2017

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 La Mission Haut Brion 1 Case 12 75cl £1,425
  • Neal Martin

    95-97

    The Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 54% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between 15 September and 8 October raised in 55% new oak. It has a very fresh and precise bouquet, not one that marches out the barrack in confidence fashion, but rather unfolds piece-by-piece in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured and neatly placed opening: a little masculine for La Mission Haut-Brion at this stage, linear and focused, maintaining precision rather than aiming from power and roundness. This is a sophisticated La Mission Haut-Brion in the making, one that may actually surpass Haut-Brion as it is sometimes prone to do. The 2014 is a sterling success for Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.

    – eRobertParker.com, Apr 2015

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2014 Cheval Blanc 7 Case 6 75cl £1,700
  • Neal Martin

    96

    The 2014 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Merlot, picked from 19 September until 8 October. It has a very succinct, almost understated bouquet, here a mixture of red and black fruit, cold limestone and crushed rose petals (the latter observed when the wine was in barrel). It is not a set of aromatics that go out and grab your attention, rather the sophistication creeps up on you. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. Unlike the Deuxième Vin, there is real structure and backbone here, a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth. It errs towards black instead of red fruit, intermingling with sage and cumin, then segueing into a precise finish with a long, lingering ferrous finish (à la Pomerol!), finally a hint of oyster shell on the aftertaste. It is one of the most subtle Cheval Blancs that I have tasted in a long time, although it will doubtlessly be deceptively long lived. This is a serious Cheval Blanc for serious oenophiles. Drink 2020-2050.
    – eRobertParker.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2014 Ausone 1 Case 3 150cl £2,050
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Ausone, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, was matured in barrel for 20 months with 85% new oak. Compared to the Chapelle d'Ausone, this Grand Vin demanded gentle coaxing from the glass. It eventually unfurls to reveal mineral-rich red berry fruit, oregano, orange blossom and later on blackcurrant winegums. It displays superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is an almost sorbet-like freshness conferred upon this Saint Emilion by the growing season, very harmonious and poised with one of the most precise and tensile finishes that you will find this vintage. One of the stars of the vintage, this may merit a higher score with bottle age. This is a great success.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 Lafite Rothschild 1 Case 3 150cl £2,400
  • The 2014 Lafite-Rothschild, tasted with head winemaker Eric Kohler, has retained that very opulent and outgoing bouquet that dare I say actually reminded me of Mouton-Rothschild. There are layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, still that hint of juniper berry, certainly a more extrovert Lafite-Rothschild compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very focused and quite linear, again with plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. It begins to clam up towards the saline finish, suggesting that it will need several years in bottle, but I still have high expectations for this First Growth once afforded several years in bottle. Drink Date 2024-2045

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

Tasting Notes
95
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