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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)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

Cantemerle hasn't made a bad vintage that I've ever tasted, yet the wines continue to fly under the radar of the mainstream. I think we've done everything we can do at this point to wave the winery's banner here at K&L and it appears our customers are taking the hint. This is serious Bordeaux for a not-so-serious price and the vintages will hold up in the cellar for decades of development. Our 2014 pricing is reflective of the initial reviews of the vintage, back after the harvest when the wines weren't quite showing their best. Two years later, we're seeing that our original assessments were not quite up to snuff. The 2014 is a great vintage and the Cantemerle is an absolute gem of a value from it. The fruit is focused and concentrated, balanced by firm tannins and plenty of structure. It's a classic claret for a price that seems silly considering its quality.

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)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Barde-Haut 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 28 September until 7 October. Matured in 80% new oak, the nose is not a million miles away from the Cathiard family's Poesia: quite upfront in style with cassis, black cherries with just a slight tang of seaweed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and fine tension. There is good backbone here and a lovely spicy finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. The best wine from Patrice and Hélène Garçin-Léveque this year? Most probably. (NM)" (03/2015)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

With Helene Garcin behind the wheel, this is a property that I've started to buy each vintage regardless of the press. It's a hot value in St. Emilion where I often taste wines at triple the price that don't pack nearly the punch. The soft and supple fruit of the 2014 is more restrained than in riper vintages like 2009 and 2015, but that's actually quite a nice thing. The berries are dark and concentrated and the wine finishes with elegance, much like Helene herself.

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)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

Malartic Lagraviere is one of about ten Bordeaux producers I would say is undervalued and underpriced given the quality of the wine over the last few years. They've been quietly making some of the best wines in Pessac Leognan and the quality in my opinion has been up there with Smith Haut Lafitte, but the price is about half. The 2014 is another example of that winemaking prowess. It's a beautifully balanced wine with equal parts fruit, minerality, and fine tannins. 2014 is going to be a vintage we look back on and wish we had bought more of for the cellar. This is going to be one of the wines I miss the most when it's gone.