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2014 Bordeaux: A Sleeper Vintage Delivers Huge Scores For The Top Chateaux - 03/03/2017 - Red Bordeaux

We may never see prices like this again for Bordeaux’s most exciting estates in such a strong vintage. These four producers - Pontet-Canet, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville-Las Cases, and Cos d'Estournel - are on most collector’s short lists for refined, detailed, delicious, and rewarding Cabernet blends from anywhere in the world. Simply put, these 2014s are a homerun for savvy collectors. Now that the critics have had a chance to assess the 2014 Bordeaux in bottle, it has become abundantly clear that many of the top wines have far exceeded all expectations. A true sleeper of a vintage, 2014 is filled with plenty of gems, but especially at the higher end with the top Chateau producing wines that are on par or in some cases even rivaling those from more illustrious vintages...at a fraction of the price. Given that the initial demand was measured, prices didn’t climb into the stratosphere affording perhaps the last opportunity to secure pricing that belies their critical acclaim. For those who love classically styled, traditional Bordeaux 2014 delivers in spades.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 98 >36 $99.99 View
2014 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) 98 2 $129.99 View
2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 99 14 $129.99 View
2014 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) 98 -55 $149.99 View

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A stunning wine for this vintage although its still a bit shy on the nose (more spice than fruit showing than now). Theres wet earth, too, but on the palate its bursting with ripe yet subtle flavors. Very long and complex finish that goes on and on." (02/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Pontet-Canet is brilliant stuff, and I was able to taste this wine from barrel as well as multiple times from bottle, both at the estate and from a bottle purchased in the United States. It offers a sensational bouquet of crème de cassis, black raspberries, tobacco leaf, and minerals, as well as an unmistakable Pauillac lead pencil characteristics that I just adore. Possessing full-bodied richness, a rounded, surprisingly opulent, sexy texture, awesome purity, and sweet, succulent tannin, its a sensational 2014 that might just surpass what they accomplished in 2015. This is a 2014 you wont regret buying in bulk as its going to keep for 2-3 decades and be drinkable for the vast majority of it. Bravo to Alfred Tesseron and his team!" (11/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a finely structured wine with dark tannins and intense black fruits. The estate, with its biodynamically grown fruit, has given an impressively pure wine, packed with tight serious tannins and a fine structure of black-plum skins and intense acidity. It is direct, firm and with a huge potential over many years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pontet-Canet seems to have put on quite a bit of weight and volume since I first tasted it from barrel. Ripe, juicy tannins wrap around a core of intense dark cherry, plum, spice, lavender and tobacco. Today, it is the wine's sheer intensity and vertical structure that stands out. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle until at least age ten, and even that is almost certainly not going to be enough time for the 2014 to show the full breadth of its potential. The transformation the 2014 has undergone from a delicate, nuanced Pauillac to a wine of depth is quite remarkable. Tasted three times. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, vinified in equal parts cement and oak and aged in a combination of 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% once used barrels. This is a gorgeous wine from the Tesseron family and the team led by Technical Director Jean-Michel Comme. (AG)" (02/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (NM)" (03/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers a notable menthol note, showing an ample core of well-steeped blackberry, plum and black currant fruit. A bright anise streak checks in on the back end, with a slightly loamy structure imparting a broad feel through the finish. Needs to pull together a bit more, but the fruit is there. (JM)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2015

An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($129.99)

98 points James Suckling: "If you want to know what St.-Estèphe smells like, this is it. Aromas of spices, black truffles, forest floor, dried strawberries and tar. Its full-bodied yet pinpointed on the palate with fabulous density and richness. Its opulent but in a reserved and checked way. This needs at least five or six years to come around, but its already fantastic. What harmony and structure. Try in 2022 if you can keep your hands off it!" (02/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This is an immensely dense wine that isgoing to be a classic. The dark tannins are still linedwith wood aging but that will go because the fruitunderneath is also just as dense and intense. Blackberry,black plum and damson plum give power andsweetness. This is a great wine with huge potential.Drink from 2028. (RV)" (04/2017)

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cos d'Estournel brings together gorgeous textural richness and ripeness, yet retains considerable aromatic freshness. Mocha, red plum, raspberry jam and rose petals are all beautifully nuanced. I very much like the sense of translucent energy here. Sweet floral and spice notes add to the wine's racy, voluptuous personality. Today, my impression is that the 2014 Cos will reward consumers with a long window of pure drinking pleasure. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (04/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cos d'Estournel is destined to turn into a very lovely Saint Estèphe. This bottle was actually tasted over a period of a few hours. The word "cool" is one that reappeared in my vernacular now that the wine is in bottle. The estate is known for producing a more luxuriant and extravagant bouquet compared to its Saint Estèphe peers, yet this vintage is streamlined (to re-appropriate my original descriptor). It's unashamedly focused and delineated. It delivers intense blackberry and bilberry scents, again with a touch of iris. The palate is beautifully balanced with not a single hair out of place. The acidity is well judged and I noticed that after two or three hours, there was a faint vein of graphite that lends it a Pauillac-like personality, no surprise given that it lies just across the border. It will require several years in bottle for the tannins to mellow, but the result will be a very attractive, quite correct, fresh and precise Cos d'Estournel that will bestow two or three decades of drinking enjoyment. Tasted February 2017. (NM)" (03/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a roiling core of luscious loganberry, blackberry and black currant fruit. Singed spice, apple wood and black tea accents emerge steadily on the finish. Has a rare combination of density and precision. Will cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Dense colour. Really very luscious indeed. A streak of St-Estèphe iron filings but surrounded by the more opulent fruit. Fine and refined. More fun than Lafite! Masses of tannins and density. Shorter than some vintages, such as 2005! (18/20 points)" (04/2015)

2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of crushed berries such as blackberries and blackcurrants, not to mention spices. Wet earth and cedar, too. Complex. Full-bodied, yet agile and complete. A dense center palate. Ultra-round tannins. Everything in the right balance. Wonderful to taste but better to drink in 2022." (02/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou showed extremely well when I tasted it with Bruno Borie during en primeur. Now in bottle, it delivers on that promise with beautifully defined blackberry and raspberry fruit infused with cedar and pencil box aromas. Quintessentially Saint Julien. The palate is very well defined with fine tannin, pitch-perfect acidity, a palpable sense of energy and frisson from start to finish that delivers plenty of tobacco-infused fruit. It is not the perfection-flirting legend that I have read elsewhere; it is just a damn good Saint Julien that is going to drink beautifully over the next 25 to 30 years. (NM)" (03/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This powerful wine has a superb mix ofthe crispest fruit and great structure. Blackberriesand black currants shine through the tannins,expressing the liveliness of the vintage. It is so welldelineated with everything in its place. The wine iscertainly going to age for decades. Drink from 2027. (RV)" (04/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is opulent, with layers of warmed fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture that loll along, yet are kept going by a graphite note that is well-buried throughout. Alluring black tea, singed mesquite and bittersweet cocoa accents add to the panache. A head-turner. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2017)

95 points Vinous: "One of the more powerful wines for the year, the 2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou surprises with its sheer concentration. A blast of dark cherry, crème de cassis, mocha, spice and chocolate makes a strong opening statement. Super-ripe, voluptuous and opulent, the wine possesses off-the-charts depth and richness. Ducru remains the most opulent and flamboyant of the 2014 Saint-Juliens. While some 2014s have faded a bit over the last two years, Ducru has barely budged. I imagine it will be many years before the 2014 starts drinking well. Proprietor Bruno Borie gave it 18 months in 100 % new French oak. 95+ (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Superb nose, totally luscious fruit for 95% Cabernet Sauvignon -- pure vineyard ripeness. A total success in this vintage as one can now expect from Ducru. (SS)" (04/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dense crimson. Cedary nose. Scented and more grounded with more density than the other wines from this stable. Firm finish with lots of fine velvety tannin. Masses of tannin (IPT 81). One of the most backward wines. 17.5/20 points." (03/2015)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 28, 2015

One of the wines of the vintage. Dark, rich and full-bodied, with hints of cola and spice. Really nice, great length with blackberry fruit and layers upon layers. ***1/2 to ****

2014 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) - -55 available ($149.99)

98 points James Suckling: "I love the nose of blackberries, blueberries, flowers and citrus. Hints of stones and wet earth. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are so long and seamless. Incredible length. A wine that you want to drink now." (02/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This is a great wine. It has all the elements in place to produce a wine that will last for years: powerful fruit, rich tannins and a structure that is built to last. This is elegant, impressive and concentrated. Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape gives the wine its fruit and its tannins. (RV)" (04/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Léoville-Las-Cases 2014 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot cropped at 33 hectoliter per hectare matured in 85% new oak. There is 6.8% vin de presse this year. Picked between 30 September and 13 October over 12 days, it has an intense, graphite-scented bouquet, one of the most Pauillac-like that I have encountered, extremely precise and perhaps less flamboyant than recent vintages. This is very controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, succinctly pitched acidity and an almost pixelated finish that lingers long and tenderly. I love the elegance here this is an outstanding wine from Jean-Hubert Delon and his team and dare I say, equal to some of the First Growths. (NM)" (04/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Readers will have to be patient with the 2014 Léoville-las-Cases, as it is not likely to show well for a number of years. Tightly wound but also medium-bodied and classic in its construction, the 2014 is going to need quite a bit of time to come together. Léoville-las-Cases is so often a wine of power, but here the refined site of the vintage is very much in evidence. The 2014 is a Las Cases built on finesse. (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Densely packed, with cassis, steeped plum and blackberry coulis notes that are compressed with layers of cold charcoal and graphite. Very pure, giving this a long, sleek and racy feel, while an iron underpinning drives the finish. (JM)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Another powerhouse of a wine that could be the best of the non-firsts in the Médoc. A little backward now, but will blossom and soften up in the cellar. Age it a minimum of 10 years.