2014 Bordeaux Latest Releases

We will be updating this page with full tasting notes on the 2014 vintage, written by our Master of Wine, Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW over the coming weeks. Prices will be included as wines are released so please keep re-visiting the site for the latest news. To request a wine, simply click on the wine name to send us an e-mail, or for an immeditate response, please contact your salesman directly (details below) or call the office on 01353 721 999.

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Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur  
   

Château Haut Gay, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014

Light, vibrant red black with a lovely juicy nose of brambly red fruits, fresh with a hint of grilled fruit, leading to a juicy, fresh black fruited palate, sappy and succulent, with a lovely fruity finish. Perfect for shoot lunches and parties and brilliant in magnum.
Drink 2017 - 2022
 

£50

 

 

Château Beaulieu, Comtes de Tastes, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014
not offered in 2013

Vibrant red to the rim with a nose of sweet black and red fruit, some light grilled notes behind, sweet and juicy, very appealing, leading to a palate of more restrained black fruit, with some red berry notes too, grilled with tannins behind going to a fresh, ripe, succulent finish. Simple pleasures.

Drink 2018 – 2026 :-)
 

£55

 

 

 

Château Tayet, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014
not offered in 2013

Dense purple black with a nose of fresh black fruit, juicy and vibrant with a grilled note behind, leading to a fresh, juicy, succulent palate with brambly black fruits, sweet and easy, with supple tannins behind. Not complex, just delicious.
Drink 2018 – 2022  :-)

 

£60

 

 

Château Grand Village, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014

86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, grown on the Fronsac/Bordeaux border. Vibrant red black with lovely creamy fruit on the nose – red currant, juicy and fresh – leading to a palate of supple black fruit, ripe and intense with a distant spice note, with lovely ripe tannins behind going to a pure, linear, violet-infused finish. Delicious. Grand Village is about delicious, affordably drinkable wine made by a very fine winemaker. Who could ask for more?
Drink 2018 - 2028

£100

 

 

 

   
Margaux £
   
Château Angludet, Margaux 2014
Price in 2010: £249; Price in 2011: £198; Price in 2012: £180; Price in 2013: £155

Dense purple black and semi-opaque with a nose of tight black fruit, very closed, leading to a firm palate of generous black fruit, very ripe, juicy and creamy with a hint of cocoa with substantial, mineral tannins behind going to a long, feral finish.
Drink 2020 – 2026
 

£156

 

Blason d'Issan, Margaux 2014
not offered in recent vintages

53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon; 55% of the crop went into the second wine
Deep red black with a sweet, cedary, freshly fruited nose of blackberry leading to a lovely toasty palate of edible black fruit, rich for a second wine, smooth and juicy with lovely balance and length, really approachable yet with tannins for the future too. Deliciously edible.

Drink 2019 - 2028
 
£145
Château Giscours, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux 2014
Price in 2010: £530; Price in 2011: £320; Price in 2012: £300; Price in 2013: £285

Deep red black with a nose of tight, fumey black fruit, fresh but closed, leading to a palate of dense black fruit, sweet and juicy with substantial tannins behind, supple, with fresh, fine black fruit on the finish and lovely balance. Rich yet still refined.
Drink 2022 – 2032
 
£275
Château d’Issan, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux 2014
Price in 2010: £570; Price in 2011: £355; Price in 2012: £310; Price in 2013: £295

Despite only having 65% of the vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, in 2014 it made up some 77% of the blend, with 23% Merlot making up the balance. Deep purple black with a nose of tight, black fruit, spiced but not overt with a hint of crème pâtissière behind, leading to a tight, mineral, black fruited palate, sweet with notes of cedar underscored by substantial ripe tannins, with a firm Cabernet influence on the finish. Very appealing.
Drink 2020 - 2028
 
£240
Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé Margaux 2014 (6 per case)

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot 36% of the 2014 crop went into the grand vin Paul Pontallier observed here that an outstanding year without an outstanding August just can’t happen, but great vintages do come from Indian Summers; he firmly believes that 2014 would have been considered great 20 years ago but that our benchmark has been raised by the exceptional years of 2005, 2009 and 2010. Deep red black, not quite opaque, with an intense, mineral, Cabernet-dominated nose of primary blackcurrant fruit, almost austere, leavened by perfume and spice, leading to a densely packed palate of bright black fruits with vibrant acidity and substantial, ripe, supple tannins, smooth and evolving right to the end of the finish which is breathlessly fresh and layered.
Drink 2025 - 2039
 

£1,170

6 per case

SOLD OUT

Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2014
Price in 2013: £405

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot; 24% of production went into Pavillon. The blend mirrors that of Château Margaux itself in the 1980s and 1990s. Deep red black to vibrant on the rim, with a nose of ripe blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, steely with hints of pencil lead, mineral, leading to a vibrant Cabernet palate, grilled and fresh with substantial supple tannins behind, brambly and savoury going to a fabulously long finish. Paul Pontallier considers this the best Pavillon bar 2009 and 2010, because of the more severe selection.
Drink 2019 - 2026
 

£380

6 per case

Château Palmer, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

45% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot; 60% of the crop went into the grand vin.
2014 saw Château Palmer introduce biodynamics into the entire vineyard for the first time; they expect to be fully accredited in 2017. In addition, no sulphur was added until after the malolactic fermentation – normally it would have been added from the beginning. Dense, semi-opaque, with a feral, mineral rich black fruited nose with hints of cocoa, tightly coiled, leading to a soft, supple, initially tranquil palate which then grows and evolves with sweet, tarry, spiced black fruits, with big ripe tannins behind, juicy, smooth and long – initially it seems too smooth but then the tannins and acidity just show themselves behind.

Drink 2023 - 2030
 

£750

6 per case

Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux 2014

52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot;

40% of production went into Alter Ego
Vibrant red black with a juicy, plummy, red and black fruited nose - almost pruney - grilled, wild, feral and very appealing, leading to a tarry, savoury palate of black fruits underscored by sweet, supple tannins with the fruit verging on over-ripeness to a plump, lively finish. Deliciously contradictory.

Drink 2021 - 2028
 
£375
Château Rauzan Gassies, 2ème Cru Classé Margaux 2014
Price in 2010: £425; Price in 2011: £305; Price in 2012: £285; Price in 2013: £265

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot
Deep red black with a tightly fruited nose of blackcurrants with mineral overtones leading to a dense, sweetly fruited palate of substantial black fruit, rich and creamed and leaning towards austere with a lovely long, evolving, grilled black fruit finish. Substantial wine.

Drink 2020 – 2025
 
£245
Château Rauzan Ségla, 2ème Cru Classé Margaux 2014
Price in 2011: £635; Price in 2012: £425; Price in 2013: £370

Intense red black to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of spiced red berries, alluring with hints of black fruits behind, leading to a palate of lovely racy, concentrated black and red fruits with substantial supple tannins behind, toasty and grilled, rich, with a lovely long finish.

Drink 2020 – 2025
 
£375
   
St Julien  
   
Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £685; Price in 2011: £520; Price in 2012: not offered; Price in 2013: £425

Deep red black with a nose of sappy, juicy blackcurrant fruit, mulberry too, with some fresh crunchy notes leading to a palate of substantial smooth, cool black fruit, intense and sweet with a hint of cedar, lovely ripe tannins behind, beautifully balanced, sweet and ripe, alluring and with all the right ingredients.
Drink 2020 - 2026
 
£415
Château Branaire-Ducru, 4ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2009: £505; Price in 2010: £570; not offered in 2011 & 2012; Price in 2013: £275
 
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Connetable de Château Talbot, St Julien 2014
not offered in recent vintages

Vibrant black red, not dense, with a lovely Cabernet nose, primary and fresh, with a fresh, minty, crunchy palate, very Cabernet again, vibrant, with lovely balance and depth and with ripe tannins behind.
Drink 2020 - 2028
 
£140
Croix de Beaucaillou, St Julien 2014

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Deep in colour, semi-opaque with a nose of tight, creamy black fruit, perfumed by the Petit Verdot, savoury, leading to a delicious palate of dense black and red fruit, creamy and spiced with supple tannins almost totally hidden to a complex, rich, perfumed finish. Delicious stuff.

Drink 2019 - 2028
 
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Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £1,765; Price in 2011: £800; Price in 2012: £765; Price in 2013: £725

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 100% new barrels
Every year tastings at Ducru are beautifully choreographed to ensure that we the tasters have the most positive experience of the wine possible – and it seems to work. Bruno Borie is assiduous in greeting all of his visitors in person (no mean feat, given the numbers) and his passion is clearly visible in the wines. Dense, semi-opaque with rich dark fruit on the nose, the Cabernet fruit is juicy yet also pure and mineral, concentrated, leading to an explosive, fabulous palate of sweet, dense black fruits with super-ripe tannins behind and notes of mulberry and cocoa; despite the new wood it is scarcely visible behind the voluptuous fruit. Long, balanced, evolving and fabulous on the finish.

Drink 2024 - 2034
 
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Clos du Marquis, St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £430; Price in 2011: not offered; Price in 2012: £320; ; Price in 2013: £290

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep red black right to the rim with a nose of plummy, spiced blackcurrant fruit, really alluring and almost velvety even on the nose with some distant pencil lead Cabernet notes. Big cassis notes on the palate, fresh with vibrant acidity, juicy and rich with supple, substantial tannins behind the grilled and toasty fruit; very primary still with an incredibly long, rich finish. Delicious.
Drink 2020 – 2030
 
£285
Château Gruaud Larose, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £545; not offered subsequently; Price in 2013: £365

Deep red black, not opaque, with a lovely nose of black and red fruits, spiced and fresh, leading to a palate of smooth blackcurrant fruit, sweet and ripe with substantial ripe tannins behind, vibrant and perfumed with lovely balance and a long, evolving finish.
Drink 2020 - 2028
 
£390
Château Lalande Borie, St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £175; not offered in recent vintages; Price in 2013: £150

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Deep red black with sappy black fruit on the nose, very Cabernet and leafy in a refreshing rather than unripe way, mineral and stony, leading to a ripe palate of sweet blackcurrant fruit, tarry, supple and fresh with fine, not massive tannins behind and floral red fruits on the finish. Ludicrously delicious.

Drink 2019 - 2026
 
£150
Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £530; Price in 2011: £345; Price in 2012: £330; Price in 2013: £315

Deep black red to the rim with a wild nose of exotic black cherries, spiced with zippy freshness, leading to a palate of dense red and black fruit, perfumed and sweet with substantial tannins behind and hints of eucalyptus; not subtle at this stage but outrageously delicious.
Drink 2020 - 2026
 
£285
Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £850; Price in 2011: £490; Price in 2012: £490; Price in 2013: £450

Deep, semi-opaque black red with a tight, mineral nose of blackcurrant and mulberry, spiced and grilled, much more restrained that its stablemate Langoa. Sweet, smooth blackcurrant fruit on the palate, ripe and densely concentrated, juicy and savoury with again a mineral note of restraint and fine supple tannins behind, going to a long, intense, ripe finish.
Drink 2022 - 2030
 
£430
Château Léoville Las-Cases, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £2,225; Price in 2011: £1,050; Price in 2012: £960; Price in 2013: £840

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Deep red black, semi-opaque with a nose of intense, ripe, spiced black fruits, really alluring even though it is still quite closed, leading to a palate of blackcurrants and mulberry, spiced and fresh, savoury and juicy, layered, with the tannins completely masked by the plethora of other sensations going to a long, toasty, grilled, rich, balanced and evolving finish. A real triumph.

Drink 2022 – 2038+
 
£925
Château Léoville Poyferré, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £1,025; Price in 2011: £565; not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £420

Dense red black, semi-opaque, with a nose of creamed, grilled black and red fruit, savoury and restrained, leading to a palate of substantial black fruits, sweet and dense, juicy with big, ripe tannins behind, perfumed and rich to a lovely savoury finish. Delicious.
Drink 2022 - 2030
 
£430
Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, Saint Julien 2014

38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc; 30% new wood used.
Predominantly from the young vines which won’t be included in the grand vin until they are much older (around 45 years old!). Sweet red fruits on the nose, with grilled cedary notes, pretty, leading to a palate of juicy red fruits, cedary new wood, with supple tannins behind and racy acidity too, going to a lovely balanced finish with juicy redcurrant notes on the end.

Drink 2019 – 2025
 
£215
Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé St Julien 2014
Price in 2010: £475; Price in 2011: £285; Price in 2012: £305; Price in 2013: £290

Normally very shy at the primeur tastings, this year Talbot was more expressive than we have ever known it to be, perhaps as a result of changes in the winemaking. Dense red black, semi-opaque with an intense nose of mineral black fruits, spice and mulberry with a grilled back note. On the palate intense black fruits, mineral and spiced with finely extracted tannins, going to a rich finish. A fine success.
Drink 2020 - 2029
 
£290
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Pauillac  
   
Château d'Armailhac, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2012: £295; Price in 2013: £245

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Very deep red black to the rim with a nose of creamed black fruit, feral and sweet with a grilled note behind. The palate is dense and smoothly fruited with ripe, black fruit overlaid with crème pâtissière, mineral and spiced, taut and with a long finish.

Drink 2020 – 2028
 
£235
Carruades de Château Lafite, Pauillac 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £500
 

£460

6 per case

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac 2014
Price in 2011: £395; Price in 2012: £360; Price in 2013: £315

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère
Deeper in colour than the d'Armailhac, more opaque with perfumed, grassy black fruit leading to a perfumed palate of black fruits, underscored by firm tannins. Very Cabernet in style with a long, ripe, fresh finish.

Drink 2022 - 2030
 
£330
Château Duhart Milon-Rothschild, 4ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £530 (£265 per 6)

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot
Vibrant red black, not opaque, with a nose of blackcurrants, primary and fresh, pure Cabernet notes and less feral than its stablemates. Sweet, primary black fruit on the palate, again cassis, with toasty grilled notes behind, juicy and fresh and very appealing, with tannins only really showing themselves on the finish, which is long and perfumed. A much more appealing Duhart than usual.

Drink 2024 – 2035
 

£205

6 per case

Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2014

73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot
27% of the crop went into the second wine
A lower percentage of Merlot this year as the Cabernet was so good. Deep red black, not opaque, with a tight nose of dusty black skinned fruit, a hint of cedar, leading to a soft, supple palate of fresh blackcurrant fruit with substantial savoury tannins behind, toasty and fresh with a long, juicy finish.

Drink 2020 - 2026
 
£215
Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £670; Price in 2011: £420; Price in 2012: £345; Price in 2013: £330

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot
Deep red black right to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of tight, creamed black fruits, lightly spiced with a hint of crème pâtissière, leading to a much weightier palate of dense, tactile black fruits with substantial, supple tannins behind, sweet with a distant hint of spice, going to a smooth, perfumed, evolving finish. Delicious – this is always a favourite although we are somewhat disappointed with the price this year.

Drink 2021 - 2030
 
£375
Château Haut Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £330; Price in 2011: £255; Price in 2012: £250; Price in 2013: £235

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot
Deep red black, dense to the rim, with a nose of sweet, succulent blackcurrant fruit, very Cabernet with some spice, leading to a rich, sweet, smooth palate with tannins just detectable behind, dense and ripe with lovely primary black fruits, delicious with racy, balancing acidity to a long finish. Always a crowd pleaser.

Drink 2020 - 2029
 
£225
Château Lacoste Borie, Pauillac 2014
not offered in 2013

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Second wine of Grand Puy Lacoste, using on average about a third of the production.
Deep red black, not opaque, with a strong Cabernet nose, sweet, ripe with hints of blackcurrant, leading to a fresh, Cabernet-dominated palate with ripe tannins, bright acidity and lovely succulent fruit, beautifully structured and balanced with a deliciously fresh finish. Desperately tempting already, probably one of the top value wines en primeur.

Drink 2019 - 2025
 
£145
Château Lafite, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £6,125; Price in 2011: £2,650; Price in 2012: £1,950; Price in 2013: £1,625

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Dense purple black right to the rim, semi-opaque, with a nose of perfumed blackcurrant fruit, very primary at present, with a distant crème brûlée note. Juicy black fruits on the palate, supple and rich with massive, ripe, integrated tannins, spiced and creamy with vibrant fresh acidity to leaven the rich fruit, long and perfumed and incredibly elegant on the finish.

Drink 2025 – 2035+
 

£1,500

6 per case 

SOLD OUT

 
Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £1,200; Price in 2011: £750; Price in 2012: £690; Price in 2013: £550

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
68% of the yield went into the grand vin.
Deep purple black to the rim, opaque, with a nose of dusty, spiced black fruits, white pepper, but also very restrained, leading to a dense palate of spiced, cedary black fruits underscored by substantial ripe tannins, rich to a long, balanced, perfumed finish. Really elegant, substantial wine.

Drink 2022 - 2032
 

£576

SOLD OUT

Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £3,950; Price in 2011: £1,900; Price in 2012: £1,400; Price in 2013: £1,220

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Philippe Dhalluin, Technical Director of all the Mouton properties, said that the Merlot for Mouton and Armailhac were exceptional in 2014 and there is more in the blend than normal. Dense, intense purple black with a tightly black-fruited nose, incredibly Cabernet in style (despite the increased Merlot), very restrained, leading to an equally Cabernet-dominated palate of creamed, juicy, fresh blackcurrants, with substantial ripe tannins just noticeable behind, going to a tight, concentrated finish with real zip and intensity.

Drink 2025 - 2035+
 

£1,180

6 per case

SOLD OUT

Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £370

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
Dense purple black, not opaque, with a strikingly Cabernet nose, almost herbal in its intensity of leafy black fruit leading to a smooth, supple palate of tight, closed blackcurrants, spiced with hints of crème pâtissière behind, the substantial ripe tannins scarcely discernible behind the crunchy black fruits, leading to a long, evolving finish.

Drink 2019 - 2024
 

£375

6 per case

Château Pichon Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £1,625; Price in 2011: £780; Price in 2012: £630; Price in 2013: £640

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
A long harvest window (some five weeks) at Pichon meant that they were able to harvest every single plot at its optimum ripeness, a luxury rarely afforded. Deep, dense red black with an intense nose of primary blackcurrant fruit, creamed and rich with a very distant hint of cigar box, but essentially very closed, leading to a smooth palate of creamed black fruits, intense, perfumed and rich, hard to pin down at this stage with so much going on in the glass, with substantial ripe tannins and a long, rich, spiced finish.

Drink 2023 - 2034
 
£625
Château Pichon Longueville Baron, 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £1,550; Price in 2011: £790; Price in 2012: £695; Price in 2013: £600

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Intense red black, not quite opaque, with a perfumed nose of black fruits, cedar and spice, powerful yet restrained, leading to a focused palate of spiced fruit, crunchy cassis with classic Pauillac pencil lead notes, firm, ripe tannins behind and a really attractive grilled, spiced, intense, balanced finish.

Drink 2025 - 2035
 
£645
Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £600; Price in 2011: £360; Price in 2012: £345; Price in 2013: £340

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Deep red black right to the rim with a deliciously sweet nose of black fruits with a feral, animal twist; soured black fruits too with cream, leading to a palate which starts gently and builds with substantial Cabernet fruit, with supple, substantial tannins behind, creamed with some notes of surmaturité, going to a long, creamed finish. Still very unknit and needing time, but with all the right ingredients.

Drink 2024 - 2034
 

£325

6 per case

Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2014
Price in 2010: £360; Price in 2011: £250; not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £230

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot
Deep red black to the rim with a nose of leafy, fresh blackcurrant Cabernet fruit with trademark Pauillac graphite notes, primary and perfumed, going to a broad, substantial palate of rich blackcurrant fruit with intense ripe tannins behind, racy and grippy with lovely perfume on the juicy finish. Really fresh.

Drink 2019 - 2029
 
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St Estèphe  
   
Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £696; Price in 2011: £435; Price in 2012: £440; Price in 2013: £420

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
The final wine contains no less than 14% press wine, an indication of just how ripe the tannins were at Calon Ségur in 2014. Deep, vibrant purple black with an intensely plummy nose of spiced, creamed black fruits, grilled and almost grassy fresh, leading to an impressively broad palate of sweet, feral black fruits underscored by substantial, ripe tannins and, again, a grilled note, layered and rich with lovely elegance.

Drink 2020 – 2030+
 

£420
 

SOLD OUT

Château Capbern, St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £145; Price in 2011: £135; Price in 2012: £130; Price in 2013: £125

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Known as Capbern Gasqueton until the 2013 vintage, since when it is simply called Château Capbern; owned and run by the Calon Ségur team, the Capbern vineyards are located on a very different terroir to Calon’s and hence support a higher proportion of Cabernet. Deep purple black to the rim, brooding, with a gorgeous nose of concentrated, plummy black fruit, rich and spiced, leading to a gorgeously creamy black fruit palate with substantial ripe tannins behind, sweetly spiced and going to a deliciously approachable finish. Always one of the best value wines which is increasing in quality every year.

Drink 2018 – 2024
 
£115
Dame de Montrose, St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £360; Price in 2011: £260; Price in 2012: not offered; Price in 2013: £215

50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot;
37% of the yield went into Dame de Montrose
Deep red black with some soured black fruits on the nose, tight and mineral, leading to a more expressive palate of crunchy blackcurrants, primary with richness behind, floral and intense too with fine tannins behind the fruit, creamed and fresh with an incredibly long finish. Very different from the grand vin. Delicious.

Drink 2017 - 2028
 
£210
Château Cos d’Estournel, 2ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £2180; Price in 2011: £1190; Price in 2012: £940; Price in 2013: £890

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Deep, ultra-intense purple black with a nose of perfumed, spiced black fruits, with some wood spice too, very aromatic and close to seeming overripe; huge creamed black fruit on the palate, with really substantial ripe tannins behind, rich and sweet with racy acidity to leaven the fruit, hints of cigar box and some grilled almonds on the finish, which is long but unusually didn’t change over time.

Drink 2022 – 2035+
 
£825
Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £355; Price in 2011: £270; Price in 2012: £245; Price in 2013: £230

Deep red black with a nose of sweet, juicy black fruits, tarry with a distant hint of crème pâtissière, leading to a palate of substantial blackcurrant fruit, creamed and fresh, toasty and rich, with excellently balanced tannins and acidity going to a long, fruited finish.
Drink 2020 - 2027
 
£220
Marquis de Calon, St Estèphe 2014
2nd wine of Calon Ségur, not offered in previous vintages

64% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep purple black, semi opaque to the rim with a nose of warm, creamed blackcurrants, very ripe fruit (cassis) with feral notes, leading to a palate of substantial creamed black fruits with a big, ripe tannic structure, intense and fresh on the end, with a long finish. So very different to Calon Ségur, and punching way above its weight.
Drink 2019 – 2028
 
£150
Château Montrose, 2ème Cru Classé St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £1,550; Price in 2011: £780; Price in 2012: £640; Price in 2013: £630

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot;
47% of the yield went into the grand vin
Deep red black, intense but not opaque, with a strikingly Cabernet nose of crushed black fruits, particularly blackcurrant, spiced, leading to a fabulously concentrated palate of sweet ripe black fruits, much less marked by cassis, smooth and almost creamy with substantial ripe tannins behind and just a distant hint of Morello cherry on the long, poised, evolving finish. Absolutely superb.
Drink 2020 – 2030+
 
£850
Château Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe 2014
Price in 2010: £240; Price in 2011: £210; Price in 2012: £200; Price in 2013: £180

47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Dense black red with sweet red berry fruit on the nose, spiced and tarry with a hint of crème pâtissière, lightly floral with a distant savoury note, leading to a palate of dense, sweet black fruit, rich and creamy with tannins and acidity masked by the fresh fruit and only really discernible on the savoury, long finish.

Drink 2018 - 2025

£160
Les Pagodes de Cos, St Estèphe 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £295

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Around 50% of the crop went into Pagodes
Deep purple black to the rim with sweet, ripe, pronounced black fruits on the nose, floral and spiced, creamed, leading to an ample palate of creamed black fruits, concentrated and rich with substantial ripe tannins behind, intense and mouthwatering on the long finish. Very appealing.

Drink 2019 - 2028
 
£260
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Les Côtes  
   
Domaine de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg 2014
Price in 2010: £295; Price in 2011: £295; Price in 2012: £295; Price in 2013: £295

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Dense purple black, semi-opaque, with a gorgeous nose of plum, mulberry with crushed black skinned fruit and a distant feral, animal note. Sweet, crushed black fruit on the palate, creamy and intense, sweet and spiced, with hints of nutmeg, voluptuous almost and a lovely rich finish. Punching way above its weight.
Drink 2019 – 2026
 
£265
Château Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £225; Price in 2011: £230; Price in 2012: £220; Price in 2013: £220

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
Dense red black, intense, with a tight, musky nose of black fruits and crushed black skins leading to an intense palate of red and black fruits, fresh, soft, supple, rich and creamy, tactile and very smooth and intense, with more structure and balance than many other wines in 2014, and seemingly more powerful than Tertre Roteboeuf at this stage. Delicious.

Drink 2020 – 2030
 

£198

6 per case

   
Pessac-Léognan  
   
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 2014
Price in 2010: £580; not offered in 2011; Price in 2012: £350; Price in 2013: £310
 
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Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2014
not offered in 2013

80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc
An unusually high proportion of Merlot this year in Clarence. Deep, semi-opaque purple black in colour with a nose of spiced, juicy, crushed black fruits overlaid with notes of celery salt, very alluring, leading to a fabulous palate of sweet black fruits, tarry and spiced with noticeable (but not intrusive) new oak notes, intense and fresh with the acidity and tannins both subsumed by the fruit, going to a long, gorgeous finish. Really voluptuous, particularly in the context of the vintage.

Drink 2019 - 2026
 
£530
Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £4,000; Price in 2011: £1,950; Price in 2012: £1,400; Price in 2013: £1,200

50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc
Here the long Indian Summer gave rise to fully ripe fruit (Merlot and Cabernet were equally successful) with high levels of malic acid, giving the unusual combination of high alcohol and high acidity. Dense purple black to the rim, deep but not quite opaque, with a tight, sweetly-fruited nose, tarry and leafy, with strong blackcurrant notes, leading to a juicy, sweet, tightly fruited palate with hints of redcurrant too, big and mouth-filling yet succulent too with silky tannins behind the concentration of fruit, intense, rich and smooth to the very end. Really lovely wine, very appealing despite its youth.

Drink 2025 - 2035+
 

£1,160

6 per case

Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £3,500; Price in 2011: £1,265; Price in 2012: £840; Price in 2013: £670

54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
Deep red black with tight black fruit on the nose, perfumed and musky with hints of cassis behind, leading to an intense, rich, sweet black fruit palate, almost forbidding, with substantial supple tannins behind, ripe, fresh and juicy, with bags of flavour tautly reined in, going to a long, balanced, creamy, tarry finish. Superb.

Drink 2025 - 2035+

£710

6 per case

Château Picque Caillou, Pessac-Léognan 2014
Price in 2010: £130; Price in 2011: £120; Price in 2012: £127; Price in 2013: £115

Vibrant red black to the rim with gorgeously plump, red berry fruits on the nose underlaid with some crunchy Cabernet notes; fresh and appealing, leading to a juicy, pure palate of rich, creamy red and black fruits, spiced and supple with fine ripe tannins behind going to a long, fresh finish. Beautifully balanced and pure.
Drink 2019 - 2027
 
£120
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2014
Price in 2011: £500; Price in 2012: £465; Price in 2013: £430
 
£440
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Médoc and Haut-Médoc  
Château Cap de Haut, Haut-Médoc 2014
This is the same as our release price in 2008 - Bravo!

55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, just 35hl /ha produced.
Deep, semi-opaque with a gorgeously feral nose of savoury black fruits, rich and alluring, leading to a palate of sweet, again savoury black fruits, with substantial ripe tannins behind, fresh and ripe with a lovely luscious overtone. Inviting already.

Drink 2019 - 2025
 
£80

Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 2014
not released in 2013

Deep‎ purple black with a nose of fumey Cabernet fruit, intense and sweet yet restrained, leading to a palate of big blackcurrant fruit, again very Cabernet in style, with substantial, ripe tannins behind, really stylish with lovely balance.
Drink 2022 – 2030

£285
Château Potensac, Médoc 2014
not offered in 2013

39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.
Deep red black, not opaque, with a nose of fresh blackcurrant fruit, substantial, spiced and perfumed, deliciously alluring, leading to a palate of big spiced black fruits, well-structured with ripe tannins behind and an underlying perfume, fresh and juicy to a finish which grows and evolves.

Drink 2020 – 2027
 
£140
Château Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc 2014
not offered in 2013

Deep red black with a nose of tight black fruits, fresh and juicy with grilled notes behind, leading to a palate of substantial black fruits with big but not excessive extract, ripe, juicy tannins and a long, spiced, finish.
Drink 2020 – 2026 :-(

£175
   
Moulis & Listrac  
   
Château Mauvesin Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc 2014
Price in 2012: £116; Price in 2013: £110

Deep red black to the rim with a nose of black cherry fruit, scented, blackcurrant and mineral leading to a palate of perfumed, spiced black fruits, floral with a distant exotic note and a sweet, succulent finish.
Drink 2018 – 2024 :-)

£105
   
St Emilion  
   
Château Angélus, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £1,325; Price in 2011: £750; Price in 2012: £910; Price in 2013: £900

50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc; Fractionally cheaper than the current market value of any other recent vintage and therefore probably the correct release price in 2014.
Deep purple black right to the rim with a nose of dense, rich dusty black fruits, tight and creamed with a savoury note, leading to a palate of mouth-coating black fruits, rich and dense, with fine, substantial tannins behind the fruit, again a savoury, almost spiced black fruit note and a distant floral hint leading to a substantial, long finish.

Drink 2022 – 2033
 

£875

6 per case

Les Astéries, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

Deep red black with a fabulous nose of plummy, sweet black fruit, spiced and dense, almost exotic but not spicily so, leading to an intense, ripe, rich palate of spiced black fruit, lovely layering with tannins and acidity, dense and impressive, a really good wine.
Drink 2024 - 2035
 

£300

6 per case

Château Ausone, St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £6,750; Price in 2011: £2,750; Price in 2012: £2,050; Price in 2013: £1.625

 

£

6 per case

Château Belair Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £560; Price in 2011: £370; Price in 2012: £375; Price in 2013: £325

Deep purple black right to the rim with a nose of intense, spiced black fruits, with hints of blackcurrant jelly, fresh and mineral yet almost creamy too. Black fruit on the palate, sweet and intense with massive, ripe, supple tannins behind, racy, fresh with an incredibly long, evolving, concentrated finish, which goes on and on. Lovely.

Drink 2019 – 2026
 

£395

6 per case

Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé B St Emilion 2014
Not offered in 2012, not tasted; Price in 2013: £370
 
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Château Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014
Price in 2010: £4,995; not offered in subsequent vintages; Price in 2013: £1,625

45% Cabernet Franc, 55% Merlot
So happy were they with their Merlot in 2014, Cheval Blanc took the unusual step of including in the grand vin the fruit from three year old Merlot vines which would normally not be considered for inclusion for several more years. Dense purple black but not opaque with a nose of primary blackcurrant fruit, sweet, intense, floral, leading to an incredibly smooth palate of dense black fruits, supple with beautifully integrated tannins, vibrant acidity behind going to a racy, restrained, incredibly stylish and long finish.

Drink 2025 – 2038
 

£

6 per case

Le Petit Cheval, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014
not offered in 2013

48% Cabernet Franc, 52% Merlot;
25% of production went into Petit Cheval
Deep red black to the rim with a nose of sweet, primary, dusty black-skinned fruit, fresh and juicy, leading to a black fruit dominated palate, sweet, dense, ripe with supple, substantial tannins behind, fresh with restrained acidity, vibrant and going to a long, evolving finish.

Drink 2019 - 2026

£
Petit Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014
Price in 2010: £148; Price in 2011: £145; Price in 2012: £155; Price in 2013: £140

Deep purple black with a lovely, alluring nose of sweet cedar with spiced, warm red fruits leading to a palate to big black fruit, rich and musky, with firm, ripe tannins and bright acidity, sweet and fresh with a lovely, soft, spiced finish.
Drink 2019 – 2023

Magnums, double magnums and imperials are also available, please call 01353 977 997 for details.
 
£140
Clos Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014
Price in 2010: £295; Price in 2011: £270; Price in 2012: £275; Price in 2013: £250

Deep purple with a nose of crushed black fruit, a hint of orange zest, fresh and broad with a distant note of spice – cloves – sweet and ripe, leading to a palate of rich deep, black and red fruits, creamed and sweet with substantial tannins behind, ripe and toasty, gorgeously easy and long, with all the essential elements beautifully in balance.
Drink 2020 – 2027

Magnums, double magnums and imperials are also available, please call 01353 977 997 for details.
 

£250

Le Carré, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

Deep red black to the rim with a nose of fresh, almost grassy red fruits, intense and sweet, floral and attractive, leading to a sweet, ripe palate with again fresh, floral fruit masking the substantial tannins. Beautifully balanced with lovely definition. A really good result.
Drink 2022 - 2034
 

£205

6 per case

Le Dôme, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

Deep red black, semi opaque, with a nose of black fruit, blackcurrant jelly, spiced and fresh, leading to a palate of sweet black fruit, spiced, tarry, rich, with a distant floral note, incredibly elegant and poised with tannins beautifully integrated but present to a long, ripe, evolving finish. Delicious.
Drink 2025 - 2038
 

£365

6 per case

Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)

Not offered in recent vintages - we did not taste the wine in 2014 as they have withdrawn from the UGC tastings but the wine is highly rated.

£290

6 per case

Château Fonroque, Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014
Price in 2010: £220; Price in 2011: £180; Price in 2012: £177; Price in 2013: £155
 
£155
Château la Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014
not offered in 2010 or 2011; Price in 2012: £360; Price in 2013: £350

As ever, the light touch at Gaffelière means that the wine appears insubstantial in the company of its over-extracted peers at the Saint Emilion UGC tasting, yet it is far from that, being instead elegant and refined rather than a sledgehammer of tannin. Deep purple black, not opaque, with fumey black fruit on the nose, tight and fresh, leading to a palate of sweetly extracted fruit, more tannic than in previous years but ripe, fresh, pretty and very pure and mineral.
Drink 2020 – 2030
 
£325
Château Laforge, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

Dense red black to the rim with a nose of sweet, black fruit, black cherry with a grassy note behind leading to a palate of grassy black fruits with hard, wiry extract with lovely spiced black cherries behind and a long, fine finish.
Drink 2022 - 2032
 

£98

6 per case

Château Puy Blanquet, St Emilion Grand Cru 2014
No wine was produced here in 2013 thanks to hail; a welcome return and on top form in 2014.

Deep red black with a nose of sweet, tarry fruit, spiced with a distant grilled note, leading to a palate of sweet black fruit, ripe, with mulberry notes and supple tannins behind, racy and fresh going to a lovely, pretty finish.
Drink 2018 – 2022 :-)
 
£105
Château le Tertre Roteboeuf, St Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £645; Price in 2011: £645; Price in 2012: £625; Price in 2013: £625

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Dense red black with a nose of wild, savoury black fruits, crushed blackberry, creamy and smooth, leading to a palate of wild mulberry, juicy, sweet and tarry, intense with substantial tannins almost completely masked by the richness, leading to a rich, intense, feral, explosive finish. Just spectacula
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Drink 2022 - 2035
 

£575

6 per case

 

Château Teyssier, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014 (6 per case)
not offered in 2013

Vibrant red black, not opaque, with a fresh, primary nose of juicy, floral black fruits, lively, leading to a palate of floral fruit, sweet and ripe, intense in an ethereal way, with lovely ripe tannins behind, and a lovely, bright finish. Not a blockbuster but just delicious for drinking.
Drink 2020 - 2028
 

£58

6 per case

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Fronsac & Canon Fronsac  
   
Château Moulin Pey Labrie, Canon-Fronsac 2014

Released at the same price as the 2008 – Bravo! Dense purple black to the rim with a nose of gorgeously plump black fruits, spiced with a hint of mulberry and a fresh leafy note leading to a very primary, juicy palate of creamed black fruits with fresh acidity behind, not as gourmand or heavy as usual, and all the better for it, with supple tannins just discernible behind and going to a long, grilled, evolving finish. Deliciously slimmed down version.
Drink 2020 - 2029
 
£120
   
Pomerol  
   
La Belle Connivence, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £285; Price in 2011: £265; Price in 2012: £245; Price in 2013: £245

Deep purple black with a lightly perfumed nose of black fruits, almonds, sweet and ripe, but quite restrained, leading to a deliciously sweet, tarry palate of rich black fruits, cedary with notes of violets, intense and lovely with incredibly supple tannins behind the fruit going to a long, floral, evolving finish. Deceptively approachable already.
Drink 2022 – 2030
 

£165

6 per case
 

Château Bourgneuf, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £310; Price in 2011: £249; Price in 2012: £245; Price in 2013: £245

Deep purple black to the rim with concentrated black fruits on the nose, tight and not giving much away, leading to a palate of soft black fruits with supple tannins behind and lovely balanced acidity, sweet and ripe with a supple, long, evolving finish. Really elegant and balanced.
Drink 2018 – 2023 :-)
 
£225
Château Certan de May, Pomerol 2014
not offered in 2013

Dense red black to the rim with a gorgeously overt, spiced nose with hints of blackcurrant and crème pâtissière, leading to a palate of chunky black fruit, intense, sweet and spiced, juicy and saline too with deliciously ripe tannins masked by the fruit; a really satisfying wine.
Drink 2019 – 2025
 

£590


 

Château Clinet, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2013: £420
 
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Château la Connivence, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £650; Price in 2011: £595; Price in 2012: £565; Price in 2013: £565

Intense deep, brooding purple black, almost opaque, with a nose of dense, floral, mineral black fruits, racy and pure, leading to a richly floral palate of perfumed black fruits, spiced, intense, really fine with substantial tannins behind, beautifully poised and really fresh, going to a long, sustained finish. Really good wine.
Drink 2024 - 2035
 

£575

6 per case

Château la Conseillante, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £1,770; Price in 2011: not offered; Price in 2012: £655; Price in 2013: £630

La Conseillante have withdrawn from the UGC tastings so we did not taste this in the 2014 vintage.
 
£640
Château L’Evangile, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £1,062; Price in 2012: £575; Price in 2013: £550

82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc
This year all the Cabernet Franc went into the grand vin, leaving Blason d’Evangile 100% Merlot; they are gradually increasing the proportion of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, aiming to get to 20% overall. Deep purple black right to the rim with a wild, almost feral yet pure nose of red flowers, mulberry and black fruits and distant grilled oak with a hint of spice, leading to a palate of deliciously plump, racy black fruits with supple yet substantial tannins behind, spiced, rich with a beautiful long finish which broadens and amplifies as it goes along.
Drink 2022 - 2034
 

£435

6 per case

Château La Fleur Pétrus, Pomerol 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £865; Price in 2011: £495; Price in 2012: £490; Price in 2013: £425

Dense red black right to the rim with a nose of sweet cedary black fruit, tight and intense, spiced and rich, leading to a palate of substantial, crunchy black fruits, spiced with hints of crème pâtissière and some grilled notes, the big, ripe tannins almost totally masked by the fruit, going to a racy, rich, vibrant finish. Outstanding.
Drink 2019 – 2026
 

£500

6 per case

SOLD OUT

Château Gazin, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £575; Price in 2011: £465; Price in 2012: £460; Price in 2013: £420

Deep red black with a nose of wild mulberry fruits, very exotic and feral, leading to a substantial, smooth palate of primary black fruit with big, ripe tannins behind, ultra-ripe with good acidity and freshness but we found a hollowness on the mid palate.
Drink 2023-2031

Additional Note: Gazin is usually a favourite of ours but we were rather uninspired this year. Our notes run somewhat against several of our competitors so, on the off chance we were shown unrepresentative bottles we are offering the wine as it usually had a loyal following amongst our customers.

£385
Château Guillot-Clauzel, Pomerol 2014

Just 15% of the vineyard here will be Cabernet Franc now that a further 0.3 hectares has been uprooted to be replaced with Merlot which is better suited to the gravel and sand soil. Deep red black, not opaque, with a nose of sweet black fruit, spiced, floral, perfumed and fresh leading to a palate of dense black cherry fruit with substantial ripe tannins behind, spiced and creamy but restrained too, going to a long, layered finish. Really stylish.
Drink 2021 - 2030
 
£255
Château Hosanna, Pomerol 2014 (6 per case)

After a year’s enforced absence as a result of millérandage at the 2013 flowering, Hosanna is back with a stunning wine. Deep red black with a nose of tight black fruits, distantly spiced, with hints of blackcurrant and lovely fresh leafy notes. Substantial black fruit on the palate, crunchy, fresh and sweet, with rich, supple tannins behind, lightly spiced with an incredibly intense, primary finish which grows. Superb.
Drink 2019 – 2026 :-)
 

£365

6 per case

Château Lafleur, Pomerol 2014

44% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Franc
There is no such thing as a quick visit to Château Lafleur – just as the Guinaudeau family allow their vines and wines time to breathe and evolve at their own pace, so the tastings demand time for us to take in all the amazing amount of information from Baptiste and his team on the current vintage. In 2014 the old vine Cabernet Franc worked beautifully and was one of the most mature harvests they have ever had. Dense red black to the rim with a nose of delicious, rich black and red fruits, floral with hints of violets, amazingly fresh and ethereal, leading to a palate of juicy, fresh, sweet black fruits with ultra-ripe tannins behind, going to a long, linear, evolving finish. So elegant and refined, fabulous wine.

Drink 2024 - 2035
 

£870

3 per case

SOLD OUT

Château Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol 2014
not offered in 2013

Deep red black to the rim with a nose of crunchy black fruit, sweet and very Cabernet in style with intense cassis notes, leading to a palate of juicy black fruits, again very Cabernet-like, crunchy, with hints of capsicum and sweet fruit behind the supple tannins going to a fine finish.
Drink 2018 – 2023 :-)
 
£200
Château Mazèyres, Pomerol 2014

At the tasting of the Cercle in Bordeaux, rampant over-extraction was our constant companion, which made Mazèyres all the more outstanding with its freshness and delicate handling – Alain Moueix has made a stunner here. Vibrant red black, not opaque, with a nose of sweet black fruits, ripe and appealing. Pretty red fruits on the palate, fresh and ripe with deliciously balanced tannins behind, grilled and fresh with a fabulously long finish. Just what it should be – eminently drinkable.
Drink 2018 - 2025
 
£145
Château Les Vieux Ormes, Lalande de Pomerol 2014
Price in 2012: £118; Price in 2013: £117

Deep black red with a very closed nose of sappy black and red fruits giving little away at present. Juicy black fruits on the palate, soft and fresh, with fine supple tannins behind, creamed with superb intensity going to a lovely, black fruited finish.
Drink 2017 – 2021 :-)
 
£105
Château Plince, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £265; Price in 2011: £218; Price in 2012: £215; Price in 2013: £225

Vibrant red black to the rim, not dense, with a nose of red and black fruits underscored by sweet Morello cherry notes, leading to a palate of soft, supple black fruits, fresh and with lovely grip without being overly tannic, grilled and juicy, with attractive spice on the finish which goes on and on. A really delicious Plince.
Drink 2018 – 2023 :-)
 
£199
Château Tour Baladoz, Grand Cru St Emilion 2014
not offered in 2013

60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple black, not opaque with lovely wild, feral black fruit, succulent and appealing, sappy and primary, leading to a palate of soft, brambly black fruit, creamy and juicy and really attractive with a long, grilled finish. Perfect drinking wine.

Drink 2019 - 2027
 
£
Château Troplong Mondot, Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2014
not offered in 2010, 2011 or 2012; Price in 2013: £580

Deep purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of savoury black fruit overlaid with grilled new wood, intense and feral with a note of surmaturité, leading to an equally feral, black fruited palate with massive tannins just held in check and counterbalanced by the fruit and acidity going to a long, poised finish. A very modern take on St Emilion.
Drink 2025 - 2035
 
£565
Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol 2014
Price in 2010: £1,115; Price in 2011: £540; Price in 2012: £530; Price in 2013: £495

80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Last year, Aléxandre Thienpont described 2013 as a barbecue wine, and this year he called the 2014 the polar opposite, with greater complexity and ripeness, an overall more serious wine. He echoed many when they said that it was a true Bordelais vintage – nowhere else would have so much weather-dependent variation in the fruit and still produce a world-class wine. Dense red black, not opaque with a nose of sweet, plummy black fruit, concentrated, perfumed and spiced with a hint of Morello cherry; on the palate big, saline black fruits, smooth, spiced with hints of cedar and cigar box and layered fresh, creamed red fruits, truly delicious right to the end of the long finish. Complex and delicious.

Drink 2024 - 2035
 

£

6 per case
 

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Dry White Bordeaux  
   
Aile d’Argent, Bordeaux 2014
Price in 2013: £270

65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Sémillon
Pale gold with green glint, with a spectacular nose of pink grapefruit, tarte au citron, honeyed and leafy, seriously enticing, leading to a palate of smooth, plump, creamed lemons, fresh and deliciously concentrated, sweet and ripe going to a long, sublime finish. Stunning.

Drink 2017 - 2022
 

£240

6 per case

Blanc de Lynch Bages, Bordeaux 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £130; Price in 2011: £125; Price in 2012: £130; Price in 2013: £123

52% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Sémillon, 20% Muscadelle
Pale gold with plump, tropical white fruits on the nose, creamed white stone fruits with a hint of fennel behind, tight and elegant leading to a palate of white stone fruit and grapefruit with a distant aniseed touch, floral with lovely balancing acidity going to a long, intense, mouthwatering finish. Superb.

Drink 2017 - 2024
 

£130

6 per case

Château Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014
Price in 2013: £210

not tasted in 2014
 
£196
Le Clarté de Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014

34% Sémillon, 66% Sauvignon Blanc
Deep green gold with a nose of fresh, juicy, white stone fruits, grapefruit and creamed lemons, really appealing, leading to a deliciously concentrated, mouth-watering palate of white stone fruits, gorgeous, with acidity totally masked by the ripe fruit, going to a fresh, luscious finish. Nicola’s handwritten note has the word ‘juicy’ six times – a record!

Drink 2016 – 2024
 
£590
Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc, Bordeaux 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2013: £250

66% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Sémillon
The tenth vintage of Cos Blanc, from vines which were top-grafted from Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Goulée vineyard further north in the Médoc; the amount of Sémillon planted is being increased to leaven the minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc and add complexity. Pale gold with a strong, grassy, nettles on the nose with back notes of honey and tropical fruits, creamy citrus notes too, leading to a deliciously plump palate of white stone fruits, sweet, honeyed, with the Sauvignon clearly in evidence, going to a long, spicy, fresh finish with notes of pineapple toffee on the end. Delicious.

Drink 2017 - 2027
 

£250

6 per case

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2012: £338; Price in 2013: £310

 

£

6 per case

Château de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014
Price in 2013: £314

£
Château Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014

68% Sémillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc
A rare opportunity to compare and contrast La Mission with Haut Brion as the blend for the whites is so similar this year. Green gold with a broad, plump, exotic and juicy nose of grilled white fruits, toasty with a hint of new oak behind, fabulous nose, very much a sensory experience. Rich, saline, juicy white fruits on the palate, exotic and intense, incredibly overt, particularly when compared to La Mission, with firm acidity behind and a tight, rich, long finish. Sublime.

Drink 2019 - 2030
 

£2,900

6 per case

SOLD OUT

Château La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014

72% Sémillon, 28% Sauvignon Blanc
A higher than usual proportion of Sémillon here as the Sauvignon Blanc fruit was damaged by the mini heatwave in July which changed some of the flavour profile. Pale gold with a tightly fruited nose of grilled, white stone fruits, very closed at present, leading to a palate with lovely floral white fruit on it, tight, rich and layered with vibrant balancing acidity behind, less overt than other vintages, edible and delicious already.

Drink 2019 - 2030
 

£2,350

6 per case

SOLD OUT

Château Picque Caillou Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014 (6 per case)
Price in 2010: £70; Price in 2011: £65; Price in 2012: £72; Price in 2013: £75

80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sémillon
Paulin Calvet of Picque Caillou explained that there are two ‘schools’ of whites in 2014 – the pure, fresh, lemony style, following Denis Dubourdieu’s methods and the fat, grilled, weightier versions. His is definitely the former. Bright gold with a nose of creamed, grilled white stone fruits, fresh and vibrant, going to a rich, lemony palate of sweet, ripe white stone fruits, again a distant grilled note, going to a lovely fresh, citrus finish. Stunning.
Drink 2017 - 2024
 

£70

6 per case 

SOLD OUT

 
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014
not offered in 2010 or 2011; Price in 2013: £640; Price in 2013: £610

Pale gold with a nose of tight green gold fruit on the nose, very closed, leading to a much more expressive palate of linear citrus fruit, lemony, with none of the plump creaminess found elsewhere, deliciously poised and expressive with a distant grilled note on the end. Stunning yet a touch enigmatic at present.
Drink 2018 - 2027

 
£570
La Source du Château de Sours Blanc 2014

Pale water white with a tightly fruited, Sauvignon nose of nettle fruits, fresh and alluring, very pure, leading to a palate of lemony white fruit with racy acidity, creamy and honeyed with a lovely, fresh, saline finish and a distant grilled note.
Drink 2016 – 2020
 
£90
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Les Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes 2014
Price in 2013: £160
 
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Château Climens, 1er Cru Classé Sauternes-Barsac 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £435

We did not taste this in Bordeaux but the wine has been highly rated and has been described by Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate as "a winning Climens ... one that will be in the top two or three sweet wines of the vintage".
 
£435
Château Coutet, 1er Grand Cru Classé Barsac 2014 (Decanter: 94)
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £260

Bright green gold with a nose of green stone fruit, fresh and juicy with a mineral touch behind, leading to an intense palate, again very juicy with green fruits behind, grilled, with a note of honey, seriously rich and long with an intense, powerful finish. Wow!
Drink 2023 – 2037;
:-(

£230
Château Doisy-Daëne, 2ème Cru Classé Sauternes 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £295

Deep gold with a nose of fresh, sweet, saline white fruits, citrussy and pure, leading to a creamy, lemony palate with hints of grapefruit, botrytis notes in the background, sweet, rich, delicious with an intense finish. Drink 2019 – 2035

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Château Doisy Védrines, 2ème Cru Classé Sauternes-Barsac 2014 (Decanter: 91)
not offered in recent vintages

Bright green gold with a nose of grilled, creamed lemons, rich with lovely botrytis notes and a hint of grapefruit; very delicate on the palate, creamed, smooth, with a lovely sugar:acid balance, pure and fresh going to a deliciously rich, long, evolving finish. Really lovely.
Drink 2019 – 2035 :-)
 
£220
Château Guiraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £315

Deep gold with a rich, tight, citrus nose, leafy and saline with a hint of caramel, leading to a tightly fruited palate of sweet, intense, floral white fruit, again saline and juicy, very sweet with some grilled notes behind, going to a rich, intense, charismatic finish.
Drink 2020 – 2035
 
£295
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classé Sauternes 2014 (Decanter: 96)
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £395

Bright green gold with a nose of leafy white fruit, lemony with botrytis behind, leading to a fresh palate of white skinned fruit, again a leafy, botrytis note, sweet with fine acidity and balance, rich, with a long, evolving finish.
Drink 2018 – 2029
:-(

£340
Château La Tour Blanche, 1er Cru Classé Sauternes 2014 (Decanter: 95)
not offered in recent vintages

Deep green gold with a nose of grilled, lemony fruits, quite tight and inexpressive at this stage, leading to a palate of big sweet fruits, leafy with some delicate botrytis notes behind, intensely sweet and balanced by vibrant acidity, really rich and creamy, supple with a long, evolving finish. Really good wine.
Drink 2018 - 2035

 

£260
Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Classé Sauternes 2014
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £530

Deep gold with a tight, sweet nose of white citrus fruits, grilled and intense but restrained, leading to a more delicate palate, sweet and fresh with creamed lemon fruit and botrytis notes in the background, racy and saline and very vivacious, going to a long, restrained finish with the sugar beautifully masked by the vibrant acidity. Good wine.
Drink 2020 – 2035

£400
Château Suduiraut 1er Cru Classé Sauternes 2014 (Decanter: 94)
not offered in 2012; Price in 2013: £470

Deep gold with a nose of rich, creamed, yellow fruits, grilled, fresh and leafy leading to a palate of lovely intensity, ripe, lemony and toasty with a distant hint of grapefruit marmalade going to a long, persistent, evolving finish. Yum.
Drink 2020 – 2035 :-( but highly-rated
£395

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