2014 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
The 2014 Marquis d'Alesme - Becker is dark, sensual and inviting. Dark red and purplish fruit, violet, mint, chocolate, lavender and sweet French oak infuse this voluptuous, super-expressive Margaux. This is in a decidedly plush, sumptuous style, but it works. The 2014 saw about 5 days of cold soaking, then 26-28 days on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentations that were done 60% in oak and 40% in steel. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker 2014 is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 50% new oak. It has a refined bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry and violet scents, fine precision here, understated at first but growing in intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline, marine influenced entry. The tannins feel a little hard on the mid-palate, lending the finish a foursquare, slightly dusty mouthfeel. There is good concentration here but it needs to muster more precision on the finish. Maybe that will come during the élevage? If it does then it will merit a higher score. (NM)
Very good expression of elegant floral fruit and real class from Cabernet Sauvignon. This estate continues the good form it reached in 2014. (SS)
This delivers a fleshy, inviting blast of warm plum and blackberry preserve flavors, inlaid judiciously with a singed alder note. Bright violet and anise accents fill in on the finish, which has solid depth for the vintage. (JM)
A very distinctive nose of soy sauce and licorice with a hint of bell pepper leads into a medium-bodied wine with some serious dry tannins. A bit chewy on the finish.