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Incredible Bordeaux Value - 93 & 94 Points, All Under $25 - 04/10/2017 - Red Bordeaux

These are the kind of values that make collecting Bordeaux at any level so thrilling, and three great examples of wines that exemplify the steals that can be found in the terrific 2014 Bordeaux vintage. With two under $20, and one under $25, all are consensus favorites of the critics, crafted by some of the great properties in the region, and all are in-stock...for the moment. Usually these kinds of wines disappear after they land at this point in the campaign and we expect no different with this set. It might be the last time we see this kind of pricing too, so make sure to grab what you can now and enjoy this triumphant trio anytime in the coming years.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Capbern, St-Estèphe 93 $19.99 View
2014 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe 93 $19.99 View
2014 Tour St-Christophe, St-Émilion 94 $24.99 View

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2014 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($19.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Packed with the dark tannins and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine, produced by the team of Calon Ségur is intense, concentrated and dark. It has a firm structure, solid and with a luscious aftertaste. The acidity of the year just shows at the end. Drink from 2026. (RV)" (04/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A self-confident, modern St.-Estèphe with a lot of ripe black fruits and not too much new oak. Its quite bold and generous, but cool and fresh on the finish. Love the spice! Drink in a year or two, but this will age." (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and intensity. Dried cherry, licorice, herbs, tobacco and mint add attractive aromatic topnotes, but it is the wines juiciness that stands out most. This is a strong showing. The 2014 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal, but also has enough structure to drink well for at least a number of years. (AG)" (02/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Capbern 2014 (note the new un-appended name that will be introduced with the 2013 vintage) is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. There is appreciable volume on the nose, quite floral with incense developing with time. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with sweet tannin. There is a dash of white pepper towards the second half of this well-structured, quite sophisticated Saint Estèphe that sports a long, peppery, slightly earthy, masculine finish. Give this four or five years in bottle to allow those tannins to soften. (NM)" (04/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh, pure style, with an unadorned beam of cassis acting as the main component, while light white pepper, lilac and iron hints fill in the background. Racy finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. (JM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Renamed from 2013 - they've dropped the Gasqueton! Not too easy to pronounce. 78% Cabernets, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. 41 hl/ha, 18 months in 60% new oak. Very floral nose and round and juicy. Punchy and fun. Lots of fruit and very fine tannins...17/20 Points" (04/2015)

K&L Notes: This used to be called Capbern Gasqueton, but the estate changed the name to "Capbern" at the 2013 vintage.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

We've been selling Capbern (formerly known as Capbern-Gasqueton) for several successful vintages at this point simply over-the-counter via in-store recommendations and staff enthusiasm, but it's about time we let the rest of the email list in on the secret. Capbern is Calon Segur's other St. Estephe property that falls between itself and Meyney. What's interesting, however, is that the recent vintages were made by new owners who have invested heavily in the property since purchasing it in 2012. The 2014 vintage is our first look at those advancements and the quality is simply stunning (especially for the price). While we've typically sold Capbern as a "drink it tonight" kind of Bordeaux, the 2014 has the structure and the composition to go five to seven years easily. It's a fleshy and pronounced cabernet-dominated number that packs a lot of power for twenty bucks. I think we'll be making a number of new fans with this release.

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2014 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of blueberries, orange peel and flowers. Full-bodied, fruity yet silky and focused with a beautiful center palate of fruit and ripe tannins. Remains fresh and gorgeous. Best ever." (02/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Under the ownership of Jacky Lorenzetti,president of one of Frances top rugby clubs, this estate is now performing impressively. The wine is finely structured with dark tannins and tight acidity and a hint of minerality. It is Merlot-dominated, although it is the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that brings out the black-currant fruitiness. (RV)" (04/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, with good briary energy to the core of crushed plum and black currant fruit. Bay and tobacco notes fill in on the finish, adding range, though the fruit holds the upper hand easily. (JM)" (03/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Lilian Ladouys has an upfront blackberry and blueberry-scented bouquet, quite showy compared to its peers. All the same, it seems very pure with some luscious blackberry and bilberry scents neatly entwined with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin and it is a little rigid at the moment, yet it offers commendable depth and grip. Afford this 3-4 years in bottle as it feels "uptight" at the moment, but there is certainly focus and class in situ. (NM)" (10/2016)

90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Lilian Ladouys is soft, plump and incredibly appealing. Bright red cherry, raspberry, rose petal, mint and sweet spice notes are all pushed forward. This is an absolutely delicious, joyous bottle of wine to enjoy for its primary fruit and raciness. The blend is 55 % Merlot, 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 % Cabernet Franc, and 1 % Petit Verdot. The team headed by technical director Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen and consulting winemaker Eric Boissenot continues to do impressive work at this Saint-Estèphe property. Tasted two times. (AG)" (02/2017)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

The secret of the 47 hectare Lilian Ladouys property is its bevy of high-density old vines, roughly forty to sixty years of age, that form concentrated berries full of intensity. The result is a supple and sweet-fruited palate full of blackberries and spice, plump from the merlot, but balanced by the 40% of cabernet sauvignon that adds just enough grip to all that ripeness. This is one of my new favorite mid-week Bordeaux options. Personally, I've been allocating all my extra cash to 2014 Bordeaux as the prices are going to look even better once the big 2016 numbers start coming out in the near future. Load up while you can!

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2014 Tour St-Christophe, St-Émilion ($24.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of blackberries, flowers, chalk and blueberries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Intense and structured." (02/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Tour Saint-Christophe comes from Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, the lieu-dit Cassevert, where proprietor Peter Kwok has built some quite startling terraces on the slope to improve the terroir (apparently recruited from Spain as only they possess the technical know-how). My, what a Saint Emilion this is. It has a very well-defined bouquet with crisp, pure mineral-rich red and black fruit. I like the focus here; there is an intention to perform at the top level that comes through where it mattersin the glass. The palate is silky smooth with a fine line of acidity, layers of red cherry and blueberry fruit, leading to a detailed and very satisfying, long finish. This 2014 serves notice of a new, bright kid on the block." (03/2017)

91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Tour Saint-Christophe is opulent and full-throttle in style, with plenty of up-front fruit to match its racy, open-knit personality. Violets, blackberry jam, spices and new leather abound in a succulent St.-Emilion to enjoy over the next decade or so. A second sample was quite a bit firmer and more structured. It will be interesting to see which of the two samples turns out to be closer to the finished wine. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2015)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 20, 2017

This modern and delicious Bordeaux has a plush and velvety texture with fine, ripe tannins holding everything together on the finish. The entry is toasty and earthy with a vanilla tinged blueberry and blackberry middle of sweet and layered fruit. So easy to drink that you wont have to wait. This property is doing great things.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

The first thing that impressed me about Tour St. Christophe was the vineyards. We first saw the site after having lunch at Barde-Haut and noticed these gorgeously terraced rows of vines cascading down the rolling hills of St. Emilion. After we figured out who owned the property, we decided to try the wines. That's when the second impressive thing about Tour St. Christophe emerged: the price to quality ratio. I'm a big fan of the Right Bank wines and I think it's about time the general American public got over its longstanding (and misguided) merlot phobia. The 2014 vintage from Bordeaux is exploding with values right now and this is one of the best. This is a full-bodied, rich, and mouthcoating St. Emilion with more gusto than much of what I've tasted from the vintage. For the price, it could be your next gateway bottle. 2014, 15, and 16 are looking to be serious Right Bank harvests, so this is a great little homework assignment for the future.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

One of our best new discoveries during our trip to Bordeaux back 2015. This property is owned by the Peter Kwok Group and it sits on terraced slopes just across from Barde-Haut. This is quite a big wine with a lot going on. It's rich, lush, sweet, and finely-structured, plus it drinks beautifully right out of the bottle. Tour St. Christophe has quickly become one of our top value properties to watch.