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New Availability on Highly-Scored Bordeaux Values from Top Estates - 03/13/2017 - Red Bordeaux

The critics have spoken on 2014 Bordeaux and one common thread is the immense value of the wines across the board. Through our own extensive tasting, we’ve come to much the same conclusion, being particularly impressed with a swath of wines that come in well under $50 . Highlighted here are three top picks from that more than deliver on both price and quality. Barde-Haut, Cantemerle, and Malartic-Lagravière are sensational finds that will offer years of drinking enjoyment, yet remain very affordably priced. Like most of the 2014s we tasted, they offer impeccable concentration and balance with a solid tannic structure that is the hallmark of any great, age-worthy wine. Available on pre-arrival and arriving in a few months, these are some of the best prices you will ever find for top renditions of these wineries. Read more about each below and for a full review of the 2014 vintage be sure to check out our report for our visit this past March.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2014 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) 94 >48 $27.99 View
2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 94 0 $29.99 View
2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 95 -86 $42.99 View

2014 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) ($27.99)

94 points James Suckling: "I like the floral character, which highlights the aromas of currants and berries. Full body and a firm and tight center palate. Silky tannins and a savory and creamy-textured finish. A beautifully balanced red. Try in 2021, but its already gorgeous to taste." (02/2017)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Barrel Sample* While the wine does have a strongly dry element, it also has a creamy, black currant background that shows promise for the future. With great acidity offering freshness, this wine will balance well. (RV)" (04/2015)

92 points Vinous: "A wine of notable precision, persistence and class, the 2014 Cantemerle is outstanding. Sweet tobacco, licorice, red cherry and dried savory herbs are some of the signatures. Medium in body and lively, the 2014 captures the best attributes of the year. This is a positively stellar showing. (AG)" (02/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit lined with a lively tang of iron that streaks through the finish. A touch taut, but should unwind nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024. (JM)" (03/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Cantemerle 2014 has a bright and slightly glossy bouquet with black cherries and boysenberry fruit, hints of tobacco and gravel coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with quite "fat" tannin that lend this Cantemerle weight in the mouth, although I would have liked more precision and terroir-expression to surface on the finish. (NM)" (04/2015)

2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($29.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Very aromatic and chalky on the nose with blackberries and blackcurrants. Licorice, too. Full to medium body, savory and chewy tannins, yet this always remains polished with a long and pretty finish. Drink in 2020, but hard not to drink now." (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Barde-Haut has turned out beautifully. Dark cherry, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco flesh out in the glass. Effortless, supple and nicely layered, the 2014 hits all the right notes. The midweight style of the year comes through very nicely in this classy, polished Saint-Émilion. Proprietor Hélène Garcin and consulting winemaker Alain Raynaud captured all of the vintage's potential. The blend is 90 % Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (02/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors that meld with dark tobacco and roasted alder notes. Maintains a fleshy edge through the finish without sacrificing energy. Best from 2018 through 2028. (JM)" (03/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Barde-Haut, a blend of 87.3% Merlot and 12.7% Cabernet Franc, has a relatively opulent bouquet compared to its peers with ripe red cherries, kirsch, hints of crème de cassis, and it becomes spicier as it opens in the glass. The palate is smooth on the entry with succulent ripe red and black fruit. This feels harmonious and silky smooth, just a touch of pain grillé on the entry, fine structure, tightening up on the mid-palate with a gentle, insistent grip on the lightly spiced finish where the Cabernet Franc imparts a subtle bell pepper note. This is excellent. (NM)" (03/2017)

2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) - -86 available ($42.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Tight tannins mask the ripe fruit in a wine that is set for long-term aging, so there is a dry core that dominates at the moment. But not for long: the bold black fruits are insistent and are going to be delicious. (RV)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "So perfumed with a freshness and beauty that is amazing. Blackberries, black cherries and violets. Full-bodied yet so polished and velvety. Gorgeous finish. A beauty. Best ever in bottle from here?" (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière is a gorgeous wine, but it is also flamboyant and exotic, especially in its flavor profile. Super-ripe red cherry and plum make a strong first impression. Sweet floral and spice notes, along with ripe, silky tannins, add to the wine's sensuality. A rich, powerful wine with soft contours and striking depth, the 2014 is a real beauty. It will be even more compelling once the new oak tannins soften a bit further. (AG)" (02/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere had quite a high-toned, upfront bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, iodine and iris scents that do not hold back. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, possesses slightly lower acidity than its peers yet remains balanced. There is impressive depth to this Malartic-Lagravière with a subtle white pepper/sage note towards the finish. Though it will be overshadowed by the 2015, this is a well-crafted Pessac-Léognan with the chutzpah that it showed in barrel. (NM)" (03/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip. Ample singed apple wood and cocoa elements form the frame. Give this time to meld fully. (JM)" (03/2017)