2014 Dassault, St-Emilion (Previously $32)

SKU #1293518 92 points James Suckling

 Dark fruits and dark tannins are the hallmark of this brooding beast. Either you like rather bold, dry tannins and this will excite you, or it won’t! But I love it.  (2/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2014 Dassault is bold, fruit-driven and absolutely delicious, although the firm tannins are going to need some time to soften. Plum, violet, licorice and lavender are some of the signatures in this inky, extroverted Saint-Émilion. In 2014, Dassault is a sleeper. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Well-fruited, with fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors, showing a touch more purity and polish and a bit less of the typical bramble and gutsy toast. A bolt of graphite and sweet tobacco scores the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Dassault was a difficult primeur sample to pin when I tasted it back in April 2015. Now in bottle, it has certainly come good. It has an intense bouquet full of black cherry, raspberry and iodine aromas that blossom in the glass, though there is a slight tinniness that remained despite aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, a fine thread of acidity with a harmonious blackcurrant and strawberry pastille-driven finish. There is good potential here—a heady and buxom Saint Emilion that should be tempered by time in bottle. (NM)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
This is hearty, deep and firm with dark fruit flavors and wonderfully dry tannins. A rather old school and brooding style that will likely soften up a bit with age but probably always remain masculine and somewhat chewy. This could stand up to a great piece of dry aged beef or even BBQ.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2017 | Send Email
I read an old review from Robert Parker once where he claimed that while Dassault wines were primarily made to drink in their youth, you would rarely come across a bad bottle. Simple, but damn tasty was his summary. That was exactly the experience I had tasting the 2014 vintage from Dassault, my first from the property as we rarely carry the wine here at K&L. This is one tasty bottle of Bordeaux, full of everything I love about St. Emilion: rich and robust fruit, a supple mouthfeel, and plenty of stuffing on the finish. It's a total sleeper on a shelf full of more expensive options. Along with the 2014 Fonplegade, I think it's the value hit of the 2014 Right Bank offerings.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
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We have been tasting this wine for 25 years-this is the first time we have bought it in any quantity.Why now-because it is delicious with an intriguing nose of toasted oak and Asian spices. Decant now for one hour, but better to cellar it. 90% Merlot. Lush on the palate but very focused on the finish. Will cellar well.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion