2014 - The Great Terroirs of Bordeaux
2014 was a pretty decent vintage in the end in Bordeaux. The previous 3 had been fairly grotty if truth be told so wine-makers and Chateau owners were more than happy when the 2014 fruit was in the vats and wines were underway. And now they're in bottle and they have developed into adolescents, we can see the potential for the future and, indeed, we can now start to enjoy drinking them. Here's a selection of 6 wines from the various regions to demonstrate just what each appellation can do. We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we did selecting them. The case contains one bottle each of:
St Emilion Grand Cru Classe - Chateau Sansonnet
Chateau Sansonnet 2014 is a really complex, well fruited and brooding St Emilion with excellent structure and plenty of finesse. The classic pencil shaving notes are to be found here together with some dark cherry and blueberry fruit.
Pomerol - Chateau Mazeyres
Chateau Mazeyres 2014 is a very deep red hue and develops a powerful nose as soon as it is open, with aromas of red fruit leading towards a predominant scent of violets, cherry and strawberry and an extremely discreet touch of oak. It is rich and full on the first taste, and it continues with precise, elegantly fine textured tannins balanced by good acidity. Dark fruit flavours can be perceived again, before the long finish provides subtle hints of coffee.
St Estephe - Pagodes de Cos
An open and full wine with plenty of black fruit aromas and flavours with hints of menthol and lead pencil and a faint trace of bitter chocolate behind. Moderately full bodied on the palate with decent balance and structure, it is good to go now but should develop further over the coming decade if well stored.
Margaux - Chateau Pontac Lynch
This superb little Chateau wasn't even thought about in 1855 when the classification took place, but lying between Chateaux Margaux and Palmer it is perfectly placed to make wine of the finest calibre. The nose is so silky and sweetly fruited, so typical of Margaux. The palate is generous and silky again with oodles of blackcurrant fruit with hints of pencil shavings and licorice. A wonderful wine that should grace any cellar.
Pauillac - Chateau d'Armailhac
Belonging to the Baron Philippe de Rothschild stable, this is a wonderful 5th growth that offers a classic nose of black fruits and cherries together with some notes of cinnamon and other spices and finally some liquorice. On the palate it is so well balanced and the ripe tannins don't interfere with the ripe fruit flavours. Great length in the finish, this is deigned for food, especially some fine beef or game.
St Julien - Croix de Beaucaillou
Croix De Beaucaillou2014 is an outstanding wine which exhibits a dense purple colour along with a sweet kiss of cassis, liquorice, incense and graphite. Fruity and medium to full-bodied, with an impressive texture and supple tannins, this wine should drink well for another 20 years or so and today it is still in its infancy.