2014 d'Hanteillan Haut-Médoc

SKU #1308511 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Hanteillan offers attractive blackberry, wild hedgerow and violets scents on the nose -- well defined and demonstrating commendable precision. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp acidity and impressive structure with a finish that is worthy of a classified growth. Wines like this do great credit to the Cru Bourgeois and to Bordeaux. Excellent. (NM)  (10/2016)

James Suckling

 Plum-cake nose introduces a mid-weight and moderately tannic red with good harmony and a fresh finish.  (2/2017)

Vinous

 The 2014 d'Hanteillan is bold, rustic and attractive in its peer group. The tannins remain burly, as they were when I last saw the wine from barrel, but there is good depth. Sweet tobacco, menthol, anise and dried flowers add an attractive savory character. The blend is 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot. (AG)  (2/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 Situated just north of Saint-Estèphe, the property has produced a generously structured wine that is already balanced. The hints of wood aging sustain the complex, ripe blackberry fruit. Drink from 2020. (RV)  (4/2017)

Wine Spectator

 The 2014 d'Hanteillan is bold, rustic and attractive in its peer group. The tannins remain burly, as they were when I last saw the wine from barrel, but there is good depth. Sweet tobacco, menthol, anise and dried flowers add an attractive savory character. The blend is 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot. (JM, Web-2017)

K&L Notes

Château d’Hanteillan trace its history to the 12th century, when Pope Alexander III mentioned it as belonging to the Abbey of Vertheuil. The estate has traded hands numerous times over the years. Since 1972 it has been in the hands of the Mathieu-Blasco family. Like many estates in the Haut-Médoc, Château d’Hanteillan produces wines of a quality that far outshines the price. In either a good or great vintage, you often are looking at a spectacular buy—as with this 2014.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2017 | Send Email
This starts out with earthy scents of blackberry and raspberry. The middle is supple and smooth with smoky cherry fruit, some spice and a touch of herb. The finish is crisp and polished showing ripe tannin and plenty of length. This is a great value.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2017 | Send Email
A vintage that was undoubtedly overshadowed by the massive successes of 2015 and 2016, look to 2014 as bargain central. Notes of dense red and blue berries, burnt cedar, baking spices and a touch of vanilla, this mid-weight red is an absolute star for less than fifteen bucks. We always seem to find value driven Bordeaux that drastically over-performs for the money and this is a prime example of such. Pull the cork an hour before service or put it down for a couple years to settle down. Great wine either way!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
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A superb value 2014 Bordeaux. Tons of red rose and red currant aromas and flavors. The Cabernet shines brightly here. Perfect for your Friday night Claret with a rack of lamb or even better prime ribs of beef. make sure to decant an hour or so. Finely structured and great to cellar a few years.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
First off: you've gotta give this wine an hour in the decanter. The difference is night and day, even though we're talking about a bargain-priced Haut Medoc and not a heralded classified growth. Secondly, have this with a burger, or a steak, or something substantial. You do those two things and you're going to feel like you scored a heckuva deal with this 2014 Hanteillan, a sub-$15 score from a completely underrated vintage that continues to turn up deal, after deal, after deal. The shocking thing about the wine it's about 60% cabernet from prime property near St. Estephe. Most of the time you get merlot in the bargain priced Bordeaux realm, but in this case you're getting the big boy fruit. When's the last time you found a highly-scored $13.99 cabernet from Bordeaux?

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
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The 2014 Chateau D'Hanteillan Haut Medoc is another fantastic value from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage. This is a stunning wine for a mere $13.99 a bottle. Beautiful aromas of black figs, licorice, menthol and notes of baker's chocolate rise from the glass while the palate is a lively blend of red fruits, spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are firm and the racy acidity gives this wine excellent body and lift. The perfect everyday red Bordeaux that won't kill your pocketbook.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

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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 Médoc 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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