2014 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201299 90-93 points Vinous

 Dark cherries, inky blue/purplish, smoke, licorice and tobacco race across the palate in the 2014 Marquis d'Alesme - Becker. Round and supple at the outset, with considerable new oak influence, the 2014 finds a bit more finesse on the finish, where veins of cool, refreshing minerality balance the wine's virility and overall intensity. Layers of fruit continue to flesh out in a distinctly powerful, huge Margaux loaded with personality. The 2014 saw about 5 days of cold soak then 26-28 days on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentations that were done 60% in oak and 40% in steel. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (4/2015)

90-92 points 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)  (4/2015)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 This has a good core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit, inlaid with anise, black tea and graphite notes. Nicely done. (Web-2015) (JM)

91 points Decanter

 Very good expression of elegant floral fruit and real class from Cabernet Sauvignon. This estate continues the good form it reached in 2014. (SS)  (4/2016)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A dense and silky red with black cherries and asphalt. Full body, firm tannins and a long finish. Excellent effort. More Cabernet than normal.  (3/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the MĂ©doc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.